Goals, Reflection and Growth

I recently wrote about New Year’s Resolution Planning for Families and anyone who knows me in real life is privy to the fact that I am on an endless mission to grow. As a dreamer, I’ve always had aspirations that were lofty, an endless mill of ideas tumbling through my head, plans laid, refigured, and relaid.  Going into 2018, this year is no different, in fact, it may even be the loftiest of all.

I’ve heard that when you share your goals with others, put them out there for the world to see, the accountability makes you more likely to attain them, so I’m here to do just that.

On the agenda for 2018:

  • Get (mostly) out of debt. Gain control of finances, and make all of our hard work work for us.
  • Save time and money, and prioritize family over workandeverythingelse.
  • Make major life changes around where we live — we’d love to move into our ideal neighborhood, possibly build a vacation house in the years to come, and find happiness in our community. Small steps in 2018 in a move toward happiness and community building.
  • Sort out school decisions. Just shy of a year ago I shared that I was trying my best to bloom where I was planted, and, well, I see I have something of a pattern.
  • Write a book. Yes. That’s right. Write a book. Details to come!

I know what this takes. This takes an inextricably intertwined combination of reflection, forward thinking, growth, and change.

Well, hello, 2018.


*Leave us a comment below if you’d like to put your goals for 2018 out into the world! Go ahead and share!*


2018 New Year’s Resolutions Planner

The start of a new year is upon us. This new beginning presents us with a time for reflection, change, and growth. Last year, our family established a tradition of making resolutions, both as a family and individually. We even encourage our 3-year old daughter to set goals for herself in the coming year. Because of the abstract nature of goal setting, I put together a resolution planning worksheet to help her reflect on the year, and use forward thinking.

When making resolutions for the New Year with young children, it’s important to keep some guidelines in mind, and our Resolutions planner (see the free download below) makes it easy!

  • Be reflective
  • Set specific, attainable and realistic goals
  • Set out to learn new things, and improve on the great things that are already happening in your life and in your family
  • Put health and wellness on your to-do list
  • Consider charitable giving
  • Be sure to include quality family time and fun activities

You can read more about these recommendations on my article over at Little Spoon!

Now… for the planner! I’m excited to share the 2018 New Year’s Resolution Planner with you as a free download. Just enter your email address below to sign up for our mailing list to access the download, and get planning!


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See our youtube video about resolution planning with toddlers and preschoolers!

Our New Year’s Resolution Planner is a great fit with our Advent Activity Calendar. Click here to download the Advent Activity Calendar for a family focused December.


Playdates and Collaboration

I am *thrilled* to announce that I’ve just started contributing to Little Spoon Digest. Each month I’ll write a variety of articles for them (among other awesome mom- and dad-writers) to put together a really useful (and pretty amazing) digest that includes everything growing families need to know, from pregnancy to parenting.

Check out some really neat play date ideas for December here, written by yours truly! With suggestions from infancy to toddlers, you’ll find 12 great ideas to keep your little and their friends busy all month.

Little Spoon is a pretty genius company — they’ve taken the guess work out of homemade, organic, healthy baby food that is perfectly aligned to your baby’s developmental needs. They map out a “blue print” of where your baby is and where they need to go, and plan out delicious homemade baby foods to deliver to your door each week. Founded by a few parents, Little Spoon speaks directly to the needs of new mothers, and who doesn’t love that?