Happy New Year, friends.
As we move into the new year, I want you to know that I am so very thankful for each one of you.
I thank you for reading. I thank you for subscribing. I thank you for hanging in with me through the years.
I love writing, I love creating, and I love sharing, so I’m a million times grateful that this–blogging–has become my job.
And the most important thing here is that it wouldn’t be a job if it weren’t for you.
So hugely, from the bottom of my heart, gracias.
But what I’ve noticed in the past year is that this space is changing, I am changing, and we are changing.
And so we are going to make some serious changes over here.
Changes that I think will be really, truly beneficial to us all.
I hope that you’ll join us for this ride. We’ll all benefit–I promise.
Your kids. Your spouse. Your friends. Your neighbors. Your family.
You. And me.
It’s about living with focus in 2015. Living intentionally.
Because we get one life.
So let’s do it up. Woot.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Live Focused in 2015–Give Yourself a Fresh Start and Live with Intention
I promise I’m not going all sappy nutty on you. I’m really not.
I’m actually already half nutty from this parenting gig, so that’s nothing new.
And I’ve always been emotional and sappy.
But what I will promise is that this year is going to be a year of change.
And I’d love for you to come along with me for the ride.
I’m not promising perfect because perfect’s impossible.
I’m not guaranteeing greatness because greatness is fleeting.
I’m not encouraging immediate awesome because, well, everything worthwhile seems to take some time.
What I am suggesting is that together we do what we can to live with more intention, more focus, in 2015.
I started this blog way back in 2008 to encourage parents everywhere to do what they can to sneak in some learning into their kids’ every day. And for a long time, that worked.
We had little ones at home, for hours and hours and hours, and I knew that there were fun, cool things that parents could to do help build a foundation for learning, all with minimal effort and huge returns.
And together we got our kids off to the wilds of Kindergarten, then year by year, one by one, into elementary school.
But now? Things are different.
Though our kids are in school for most of the day, we’re still so busy. We’re working, we’re scheduling, we’re volunteering. We’re grocery shopping, coupon-clipping, and bill paying. We’re turning in permission slips, cutting our box tops, collecting donations, and packing lunches.
We’re crock-potting, speed cleaning, and skimming.
We’re running ourselves ragged schlepping kids to and from sports and activities, orthodontist appointments, and ‘hangouts’ (because goodness knows they’re too old for ‘playdates’).
We’re dashing. Dancing. Moving. Skating. Jogging. Swimming. Through. Life.
And we’re not really thinking. We’re just doing. Moving.
And friends, before we know it, it’ll all be a blur.
And we’ll be standing in the driveway staring at a packed Suburban, filled with luggage and linens and books and baskets, getting ready to send our baby off to college and wondering where the heck all the time went.
Sob. I can’t even.
So this year, I’m trying to take it back.
I’m going to take back the reigns of my life, and try–try as best as I can–to live more intentionally, to live focused in 2015.
I’m doing this because I really need it. Believe me.
And I’d love for you to join me.
So I’m getting refocused in this here bloggy blog. I’m going to focus on the same goal I set forth back in 2008:
to share the tools and resources parents need to be the best teachers they can be for their children.
I’m still going to focus on learning in the every day.
And I’m going to focus on family, literacy, and what we can do to support our digital kids.
But I’m going to post a bit less frequently and instead focus on quality over quantity.
Less really is more sometimes.
Because the content here is free for you, I’m going to still have to do some sponsored posts, but my focus is to create longterm partnerships with brands that really matter. With brands that really rock.
And I’m going to really, truly focus on you–my subscribers.
So we’re going to rock it out with a bunch of subscriber-only giveaways. That means nothing if you already subscribe except that you’re awesome and starting now you should read to the very end of the post (or at least scroll all the way down and check the box after the post for a whole lot of happy).
But it also means that if you don’t already subscribe, then you’ll definitely want to:
- subscribe either to our rockstar emails and get 2-3 posts each week the day after they’re published, or
- subscribe to our newsy-newsletter and get one email each Tuesday with all of the posts from the week. Either works.
As far as the whole focused in 2015 is concerned, I’ve come to some conclusions:
1. As our children get older, we’ve got to show them that we, as parents, are doing the best we can to live this life to its fullest.
We’ve got to show them that we are doing our best to live focused and intentionally.
We’ve got to show them that we are trying to be organized.
We’re nurturing relationships.
We’re taking care of ourselves.
We’re listening and loving and moving through life with a plan.
We do this so that our kids do the same.
2. This is the year I’ll also be focusing on what we are doing to live intentionally, to live focused in 2015.
I’ll still share the cool stuff I usually do, but each month, I’ll also include a focus.
January- organization: in routine, in schedule, in home
It’s time to get on it. Get your house in order and create routine that works for your family. Life is too short to let it pass you by, and it’s time to climb out from under the mess and live intentionally. But in order to live intentionally, you’ve got to get organized.
February-friendship: with spouse, colleagues, siblings, parents, kids, girlfriends
What do you do to nurture your friendships? How much time do you actually put into keeping up with your oldest pals? Do you ever organize a girls’ night out? A date night? How well do you really know your kids?
March-clarity: of thought, words, action
Sometimes we need a re-start in the way we’re thinking, speaking, and interacting with others. Let’s make sure our in-house behavior systems, rules, and guidelines are established and clear. Let’s get refocused in the way we speak to our kids, spouse, and friends. Let’s try to align our thoughts and actions.
April-growth: emotional, mental, physical
Face it. we all need to grow in some way, shape, or form. Learning never needs to cease. Have you really worked your brain lately? What do you need to do to stay up to date with work or well-being? April is a month to learn how to better care for ourselves, kids, family.
May-self: you, you, you
Check yourself before you wreck yourself. When was the last time you took time out for you? What do you really, truly love to do? If you don’t know, it’s time to find out. If you know and haven’t done it for a while, now’s the time to get rolling with it.
June-family: make family time count
School’s out. Time to really unplug and spend time with your kids now that they’re out of school. Our tabletop surprises will keep you constantly filled with ideas for creative, innovative ways to spend time with your kids.
July-breath: because breathing really helps
Sure, it’s summer. And a whole lot happens in summer that makes us forget about our New Year intentions and focus. But let’s check in on January organization. Do you need a restart? How are things going with friends, growth, or your self-care? Before we freak out, we’re going to make breathing a focus this month as we slowly get back on track.
August-time: take control
How are you using your time? Life is moving quickly. Are you making sure you’re living each day to the fullest? Parenting is hard—there’s no doubt about that. And juggling a spouse, work, and a household makes it even more difficult. But even if we spend a few minutes each week giving our days some focus, we’re taking control. We’re still in charge.
September-learning: back to school means everyone learns
Back to school means we’re all learning a whole new routine and system. How are we, as parents, best interacting with our kids, their teachers, and schools? Are we supporting them the best we are able? What do we need to learn in order to do so? New strategies? New concepts?
October-honesty: with ourselves and others
Halloween means that our kids are on a quest to find disguises, but let’s be honest this month with ourselves before the holiday season begins. Let’s be honest about how we think and feel, and let’s do what we can to make sure we’re sharing are true and awesome selves with the world.
November-giving: set an example of gratitude
We all have so much for which we should be thankful, so let’s give what we can to those who need it. Setting an example of giving and gratitude for our children is super-important from the start, especially during their formative elementary years. No better time than now to give to the world the best we have.
December-peace: finding beauty in the basics
It’s so very difficult not to get caught up in the holiday whirlwind, trying to create a perfectly pinteresting holiday for our family. But we don’t need to go crazy. We really don’t. Let’s focus on the important things and strive for more peace in our 2015 holiday seasons.
Never fear, friends.
I’m not going to leave you high and dry here. We’re doing this together. Baby steps.
Each month I plan to:
- share printables which will help us get focused and live intentionally;
- do some fun giveaways, freebies, and contests for subscribers only–that means you!;
- invite experts in to share their ideas and suggestions;
- create videos with tricks, tools, and ideas for our topics;
- share the normal, awesome content you have come to expect, with the #livefocused added in as a bonus (yay!);
- use our Facebook page as a place to support each other, chat, and share high-fives (like a freebie, fab support group);
- share photos from my journey on Instagram and Twitter using #livefocused;
- do round-ups of your photos, ideas, and experiences across platforms;
- quite honestly, learn as I go–from you and from others!;
- offer follow-ups and extensions that may help you in this adventure.
I’m excited. I’ve got so much planned, and it’s only the first Monday of the month.
I cannot wait to really embrace 2015. Watch out world, crazy things can happen when a bunch of smart women (and men!) are a little more focused!
Here. We. GO!
Check it all out video-style:
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