‘New Years’ Posts
January is a time for starting over, a time for reflecting on the past year and making plans for the next year. Many people try to make goals for improving their lives. Some of these goals include traveling more, getting more education, or getting in better physical shape. To help with this effort, stores offer fitness equipment at discounted rates. I have found a few great deals that I want to pass onto the rest of you.
It’s the middle of January, the holiday season is over and it’s months before spring time will start to appear. You can’t go to the park, the zoo, the swimming pool and you’re getting tired of visiting the library and local fast food play area every day. Your little kids are stir crazy and you need something to stimulate their brain and take up some time. What do you do?
It is the start of a new year and you deserve to treat yourself to something special. You could get yourself some flowers, but they won’t last very long. You could get some new clothes, but you probably want to wait until you’ve lost those last few pounds you’ve sworn to do in your New Years resolution. You could buy some new furniture, but with all the aftermath of Christmas, you want to de-clutter your house as much as possible.
One of my biggest passions is documenting my family history, for myself and for my children. Because I
was the third of seven children, there are not very many pictures of me growing up and even less videos that show my gestures, what my voice sounded like and the phrases I liked to say. I would love more than anything to see a glimpse as to what I was like as a child. I know my parents did the best they could, but I am determined to make sure my children are able to see what they were like growing up.
Like most of you, when the new year rolls around, I try to reflect on my life that past year. I try to recognize the good things that I’ve done and think about what I can do better. Usually I find more things that I could be doing better or try to add things that I should do on top of what I’m already doing. However, this year is different for me. I want to focus more on what I AM doing right and try to do less of the things that aren’t really that important.
Growing up my parents had a very fun tradition with us kids for New Years Eve. At midnight we would grab all the pots, pans and large spoons we could find and stand at our front door banging them as loud as we could shouting, “Happy New Year!” We thought it was the funniest thing ever. It wasn’t until we were older that we learned my parents would set the clocks ahead two hours that night so we were actually banging the pots and pans at 10pm. No wonder our neighbors always gave us such funny looks!