2 0 T H I N G S

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We are so happy it’s a NEW YEAR!  Isn’t it nice to know we get to start over?  FRESH!  I am reading an amazing book right now and I want to share a passage I keep re-reading because I love it!

“The world will tell you how to live, if you let it. Don’t let it. Take up your space. Raise your voice. Sing your song.  This is your chance to make or remake a life that thrills you.” - Shauna Niequist, Present over Perfect

This is the BEST time of year to give yourself some time to plan.  Plan out your DREAM YEAR for you and those you love.  Instead of crashing after the holiday season, feed your dreams and let them live in ink on your calendar until the saved date arrives. 

You may have seen my recent video, 2 0 T H I N G S.  I challenge you now to make a list of 20 things you want to do this year. This personal exercise is a great way to fuel your passions and motivate yourself to be your best this year.  

My husband and I both make our lists separately and then come together after we are finished.  It is REALLY neat to read the goals of the one you share life with.

Plugging these 20 (or 40!) THINGS into the calendar is the next step.  This takes some time.  We actually go on our annual two night retreat to our favorite hot springs where relaxing, mediating, dreaming and filling our out calendar is the only goal.  We have learned this is a very healthy and vital part of our yearly routine. It makes us better individuals, parents and strengthens our marriage.  It is really refreshing to “remake” yourself each year.

Last year we planned and applied for permits to backpack the Grand Canyon, made a rough plan to hike the Wonderland Trail and spend a week in South America hiking Macha Picchu.  Guess what…none of this actually happened due to lots of different circumstances.  THAT IS LIFE!  We ended up hiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim in a day last May because we didn’t get the permit we applied for.  Wonderland Trail is still there waiting for us.  And we decided to add a beautiful deck to our mountain home instead of buying plane tickets to Macha Picchu.

So many more adventures await you IF you put them on you calendar.  Not all of them will work out, but we have learned that we go and do a lot more if we have a goal/direction for our family on the calendar.  We also have learned that we do better at executing these plans if we keep our calendar out where we all see it everyday, that way we are reminded daily of what adventure(s) we should be getting ready for next!

Step 1) Get your 20 things on paper

Step 2) Schedule your 20 things on the calendar

Step 3) Have the best year of your life being exactly who you want to be doing the things you want to do (in a dress, of course)!