2. Calendar Journaling. I’ve seen many of my friends spend time journaling in a calendar as a keepsake for the year. Some of the results are amazing. Part of my plan is to not just record, doodle, reflect in the calendar our own events and moments as a family, but to incorporate my work appointments/meetings/activities as well. I am hoping that this will help me to reflect on my own commitments and put in perspective the time and energy I give to things outside of my family. Ideally, at the end of the year, this journal will not only provide our family with written documentation of our year’s activities but also help us reprioritize and refocus on what really matters.
3. Letters to My Little Ladies. While I was at Barnes & Noble picking up our family calendar, I also purchased two little moleskin notebooks. In these notebooks, I plan to fill the pages with letters, quotes, dreams, and advice for my little ladies. Each girl has her own notebook and I intend to set aside a little time once a week to focus solely on them. I will save these notebooks and when the time is right – high school or college graduation, wedding present, perhaps when they become mothers – I will give them the notebooks. When they are older and jaded and need reminding, I want to be able to share with them the purity of our love for them and our commitment to them. I want them to see themselves as we see them. Innocent. And pure.
I know that these record keeping resolutions have the potential to be cumbersome; they also have the potential to be beautiful. That is the incredible gift of a new year & new start. It’s all about perspective.