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2017 Intentions and Goals

2016, that long and interesting- if somewhat depressing- year is finally in the past. we are now well on our way into 2017, and with that I thought I would like to put pen to paper- or rather hands to keys- and write out my goals and intentions for the next twelve months. Perhaps by putting them down on the internet, for all to see and for easy access to review myself, I can accomplish most of not all of these aspirations. Let's get started.

General goals or intentions:

- Meditate
- Be more mindful and present in everyday life
- Read
- Learn to knit and/or crochet (this is the year that I strive to finally know enough to create something in one of these mediums)
- Craft more toys by hand for O, mainly woodwork
- Travel, at least a little bit
- Develop a geography or environmental workshop curriculum and begin teaching it (my life passion that also happens to tie into my degree, which is always a bonus)

Monthly goals:

January: make homemade remedies
February: organize my craft supplies
March: meditation month? That sounds like it could be fun!
April: wardrobe clean out
May: toy clean out- it's birthday month for O so this sounds like a great time to make way for new things
June: spend time in nature every single day
July: don't buy anything new, or anything at all if it can be helped
August: learn something new- sport, hobby, language, anything
September: prepare for the upcoming holidays
October: winter wardrobe prep- check the old before bringing in the new
November: try new recipes
December: reflect on the year, perhaps in a photo album or scrapbook

I'm sure there are many other things I could be including, however I always try to keep expectations on 'new year resolutions' low, because if they get too high and then don't work out, it can send you into a bad downward spiral. It's better to surprise yourself with all of the personal growth you can have in a year than to get down on all the growth you thought would happen but didn't. But maybe I should be expecting more from myself from the get-go... Que sera sera.

Here's to a lovely year, where we all have the potential to grow and surprise ourselves!

Happiness and light,
Naomi

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Dear little one,

I'm so blessed that you chose me to be your mother. You are such a sweet soul who is kind and loving toward everyone, even at your tender age.

Thank you for that.

Parenting is hard enough without the added challenge of trying to know and connect with your child. You connect so easily with everyone around you that it makes my job of raising you and teaching you that much easier.

I'm going to try my hardest to keep you as the sweet, innocent, little girl that you are now for as long as possible. You are only going to be a small child for so long , so why rush? Enjoy learning and growing into your own person. Take your time exploring the world around you and all of the wonders it has to offer.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to watch you grow and make your mark on this earth, I'm so excited to see it all unfold.

Love,
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