I have been incredibly moved and overwhelmed at the response to our #livefocused challenge.
I have received dozens of private messages, emails, and tweets about the fact that this is what so many readers need and want.
Sure, everyone digs the activities that they can do with their kids and how to turn everyday events into learning opportunities, but the whole living focused thing? They need that, too.
Not only do they need it, they want it.
So we rocked some serious organization in January–our home, our play spaces, our weeks, our time with kids, our photos, our finances, and more.
This month? We’re talking friendship.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Live Focused–Let’s Talk About Friendship:
I am really, really bad at this, so I’m excited about the focus on friendship for February. I don’t know about you, but I’m more of a friend of convenience than anything. It’s awful.
Growing up, I spent all of my free time with three friends from the ‘hood.
Come grade school, I had a tight group of friends with whom I did everything.
When in high school, my world was my high school bffs, many of whom were my pals from grade school.
In college, I rarely left the sides of my housemates and sorority sisters.
After college, I hung with my colleagues and my (then) boyfriend (now husband).
When my kids were babies, I spent free time with MOMS Club friends.
Now that my kids are in elementary school, I tend to spend time with my kids’ friends’ parents.
I’m not a card person. I’m not a big birthday person. Occasionally if someone is on my mind, I’ll send a totally random, out-of-the-blue card to say ‘hello’, but that’s rare, so don’t be impressed.
All this is fine and natural, right, except that I rarely backtrack. I rarely carve out time to stay in touch with those people with whom I spent hours upon hours upon hours and huge chunks of my life.
People whom I truly love and admire–and miss–but whom I do not connect with on a regular basis.
Often I’m not even sure I am connecting with my husband or my own children like I should; instead I’m busy running, running, running and not really appreciating the amazing spouse that he is or the crazy-cool kids that they are.
So this month, though I’m not expecting to miraculously reconnect with all people from all parts of my life, I am going to make an effort to make meaningful connections with friends: old friends, my husband, my kids, and my current friends.
We’re doing our best to live focused this year, so our goal is to live intentionally and deliberately–using time wisely so that we can live life to the fullest.
Spending time with friends and loved ones is one piece of the puzzle.
It’s amazing how energizing and refreshing it is to actually spend time with friends–and I’m not talking about facebook messaging or google chatting.
I mean honest to goodness, catch up over the phone or in person.
live focused printable february teachmama.com
Because we’re not trying to move mountains here, just trying to make small changes that make a big difference, we set four friendship goals this month:
- Contact an old friend.
- Plan an at-home date with your spouse.
- Hang out with your kids, doing something special.
- Go out with some friends.
Grab February’s printable here: live focused printable february teachmama.com
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You can do what you want, when you are able. But I figured that since there are four weeks in the month, shoot for one each week.
And since this is the month of love, we’ll all be eager to spend some quality time with loved ones.
I’m ready. Are you? Which will you start first?
Are you in? Let me know, friends. I need to know I’m not walking alone on this journey!
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