Instead of trying to change what’s bad, we’ll focus on enhancing the good in our life. A few of my friends have acted as inspiration for this new year’s idea.
Shannon Hilton has a Bucket List Tree in her kitchen. Shannon buys in to the theory of Laws of Attraction, and keeps a Vision Board. She feels that putting positive goals in the forefront keeps everyone on track.
“We accomplished 14/16 of the things we wanted to in 2012,” says Shannon. “We missed out on Mike’s Brewery Tour that we wanted to do, and I didn’t lose the 20lbs I wanted to lose (ugh). Those things will remain on the tree, along with the bigger things, like ‘Go to an American Girl Doll Store’, ‘Go to New York’, ‘Buy a 4 Bedroom House’ – things that we want to do, but don’t have to be right away.”
Shannon has added a Grateful Jar to the routine this year. It will be a Mason Jar with strips of paper where the family can express gratitude. Then, as the calendar flips to 2014, it will be a positive item to promote reflection on the past year.
Graeme McRanor makes beautiful videos documenting his son’s life. Half way through last year he discovered a list of 50 things you should do with your kids. Some of the lists are 100, others are 25, the number doesn’t matter to Graeme, the doing little things worth celebrating was the focus.
“The point is to get out and do stuff,” he says. “So we decided to make our own list of 50 Things we could do with my son London.”
“The list is really just a symbol: a daily reminder about the value of presence and how important it is to make the most out of every moment we spend with London (we only have him half the week).”
Graeme and London cranked through the first 50 with ease. And then made a new list, and kept going. His video is quite the inspiration.
So we’re going to take those ideas and come up with a list of things we want to do in 2013 – a positive twist on the New Year’s Resolution thing that kids can understand. It will be a way for our whole family to set achievable goals and then celebrate them when reached.
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Image Credit: Shannon Hilton