Saying Hello to 2014

As I think about saying hello to the new year, I can’t help but think about what goals I want to accomplish.  There are no major life events planned.  We’ve not been invited to any weddings, nor have the girls been asked to be part of the weddings. (We had flower girl in 2013.) None of my girls are set to graduate in 2014. (We had one in 2013 and we’ll have one in 2015.)  So what am I looking forward to?

Looking Forward to the Real 2014

  • Using my 2014 Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog Planner ~  I tried a bit to use a blog planner for 2013 but couldn’t really find one that I really liked.  There are parts of this specially designed for 2014 Schoolhouse Review Crew Team Members planner that I don’t need and won’t use but I’ve printed out and bound the pages that I want.

Spiral Bound Planner for 2014

  • Keeping my blog real.  Blogging from my heart about what’s on my mind, about what’s happening in my life and my thoughts and reactions to issues of faith, family and home education.
  • Using a new simplified check off system for chores.  A list of chores specific to each daughter, printed out and placed in a sheet protector.  Works great with Vis-à-vis pens.  Something concrete.  Something reusable and since the masters will be on the computer, something easily replaced if the sheet is lost or needs to be adjusted.
  • Using and keeping up with some online organizational tools:  Remembering the Milk,  Evernote and Google Calendar.  I don’t have any mobile device to use these but I am on my laptop so often that it makes sense to use electronic files and calendars as much as possible
  • I am looking forward to seeing my beautiful oldest daughter perform in recitals and ensembles.  I love that as the parents of a music a student we get free tickets (or deeply discounted ones) to all the music department productions. In 2014 I know my daughter will be in at least one and perhaps more!
  • To reading more books in 2014 than I did in 2013. 

I want to start implementing some ideas from this article I read: Forget Setting Goals. Instead of setting goals and focusing on the goal, the article’s author recommends focusing on the system you’ve set up to achieve those goals.  So if I want to read more books in 2014 than I did in 2013, I need to focus on improving and sticking to my system.  Oh wait, that means having a system.  Guess I need to focus creating a system. Hmm, maybe what I need to do in 2014 is work on creating and improving my systems for everything. 

I think though what I am most looking forward to in 2014 is to embrace life.  To live each moment in the moment and enjoy those happy moments.

  Happy New Year Image

My friend Susan has organized a blog fair around the theme of Looking Forward to the Real in 2014.  Yesterday’s blog fair theme was Remembering the Real in 2013.  Check out this list of participating bloggers!

2014 - Love, Joy, Peace, Grace, and to Know Him Better by April E. @ ElCloud Homeschool: Busy Minds, Busy Hands, Busy Feet
2014: The Adventure Continues by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
2014 Prayers, Hopes, and Goals by Clara @ A Slice Of Homeschool Pie
Priorities and Goal Setting for 2014 by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
A Peek into My Plans for 2014 by Jennifer @ Conversaving
Anticipating 2014 by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
A Year to Sparkle! by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Saying Hello to 2014 by Tess @ Circling Through This Life
2014 Already? How can that be? by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Goals For 2014 Homesteading & Homeschooling by Kim @Homestead Acres
Facing 2014 With Anticipation And Caution by Audra Silva @ Simply Audra Marie
Embracing Real Moments in 2014 by Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm
2014 Goals and Why We Should All Set Them by April B. @ Coffee, Cobwebs, and Curriculum


  1. That looks like an interesting article, thanks for linking to it. I agree, that goal-setting doesn't mean much unless you have a system for reaching those goals. Goal-setting without planning equals unrequited dreams. ;)


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