Happy New Year! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday and enjoying your break from school. We’re enjoying ours and are a little bummed to know that its end is right around the corner. Still, it will be good to get back into a more normal routine.
Do you do New Year’s resolutions? I used to until I realized that they’re pretty pointless. I do, however, have some goals I’d like to work toward in 2015. I thought if I shared them publicly, I’d be more accountable.
1. Get my weight back on track. For those of you who may be new to my blog, I started my first truly successful weight-loss journey in 2009, ultimately losing 90 pounds. I maintained that for well over a year, but in 2012 or so, the weight started creeping back on. I have not regained all that I lost, but I have regained more than I’m comfortable with.
I’ve struggled with getting that weight back off. I don’t want to go back to where I was, though, so it’s time to really start making the changes it will take to get it back off. One bonus is that my kids have already started making some healthy changes, eating better and getting more active, so I have some live-in accountability partners.
2. Find a way to serve in my local community. We sponsor children in Kenya (through Compassion International) and Honduras (through International Children’s Initiative) and we support Mercy House Kenya and Fair Trade Friday. I don’t tell you all that to say, “Yay, me!” I tell you because I want to share the organizations with you in case any of them look like causes you’d like to support.
I am so happy that we are in a position to support each of those organizations, however, I’d really like to find a local organization to support, either financially or through volunteer work. I have felt for several months that there is something God wants me to do locally. I just haven’t figured out what it is yet. I pray that 2015 is when I figure out what it is.
3. Include more fun in our homeschool. We’ve kind of gotten in a rut, focusing on the basics. I want to do more art, more field trips, and more of the fun stuff we see online. I’m thinking of setting aside one or two Fridays a month for fun, hands-on learning projects that may not fit into our regular schoolwork – those things that are great learning opportunities, but don’t really have anything to do with what we’re studying.
I really want to do the blackout poetry project I mentioned before Christmas and I’ll be referencing my own list of 100 Hands-On Projects for Middle School and High School. And there is also the cool, online art class that we totally procrastinated on. I’ll just consider us ahead for next fall.
I may think of some more to add to my list, but those are the ones that are on my mind today as I ring in the New Year.
What about you? What are your goals for 2015?
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