Move Over Boring Resolutions

There’s still a few days left in January. This means that you will still be hounded with questions about what resolutions you have made, are planning to make, have already broken, are planning to fix etc. It is tiring as conversations usually are when you have them year after year. It also leads to panic and a feeling of depression at the end of the year when you realize you haven’t really accomplished everything you wanted to. Life usually gets in the way and while that is an excellent reason, it usually isn’t enough to make the guilt go away. Sometimes I think that the question “What am I doing with my life?” is designed to be one that haunts and torments.

This year, we have a list of goals that we will set out to accomplish. It’s always good to have these little milestones to remind you of your priorities. However, we’ve decided to start a memory jar as a family. What we’ve done is taken a giant mason jar and whenever something makes us laugh or an event occurs that you don’t want to forget or just a simple occurrence that made you happy, we write them down, roll them up and put them in the Memory Jar.

I’m hoping it comes to our rescue when things are tough, when we need pick me ups and when we just need to reminiscence. At the end of the year, we plan to read them all together as a family. That way, we don’t have all our failures haunting us. Instead, we will have a nice bouquet of memories that we encountered on the journey as a family.

Hoping this works out for us!

Oh England!

I’m sorry for my longish absence without warning and for trying to catch up with your posts (you may have noticed all the ‘likes’). I had to give up half way because I had left it for too long and they were too many posts to read up. I’m really sorry about that. Instead,  I am more determined than ever to get an e-reader. After Google Reader was discontinued, I didn’t bother importing all my favorite blogs onto a software. Is there any particular app you prefer? I’ve heard great things about Feedly.

I’ve also decided that apart from a few scheduled posts in the Summer, blogging regularly and homeschooling and traveling is all a bit too much to handle together. I’m going to have to make a list of priorities and see them through instead of stressing myself out with too many goals.

Meanwhile, you know that sadness you feel when you leave some place stunning and just want to return to it? I’m feeling that right now. The English countryside is beautiful, the weather was (thankfully) perfect and the fact that we had no internet or phone connections except during some parts of the day made it an ideal retreat. We also manage to go to the coast and find Nemo. The kids were obviously over the moon. I wonder how much of this they will remember!

I will leave you with photo highlights of our trip. Until next time!

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