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Kristen is a home­maker, home­schooler, and a home­keeper. Her experience includes nineteen years of practice, raising three kids, a husband, and a dog. Writing about her life helps her stay sane. She believes that sharing stories helps others by providing opportunities to share advice (and helpful hints) about homeschooling, and raising kids on the autism spectrum, while supporting marriages and families that are striving to thrive.

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Shannon Enos is a wife, recovering Pinterest addict, and homeschooling mom of two young girls. Her hobbies include analyzing music with her husband, pretending she’s going to finish that crocheting project she started 4 years ago, and making lists of things she has already completed just so she can cross them off. Shannon values truth, education, the arts, open minds, humor, and “Nashville" binges on Hulu. She believes that learning happens everywhere, whether you’re paying attention or not.

 



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Ever since I graduated from college I have been caught in a time vortex.  The years really do go by faster.  Those important life moments certainly do happen in the blink of an eye.  Having children has multiplied this time vortex. I am always surprised when a new year rolls around… I know it sounds silly, but, for real, I am always like, “What!?” 
So… It's 2016… I know I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. So be it. 
This year, instead of individual resolutions, I've decided our family is going to set some family resoloutions.  It's going to be great! Hopefully.  Each member of our family is going to set some individual goals, things we each know we can work toward, but as a family, we are going to try some collective resoloutions this year.  So, with the first week of 2016 coming to a close, I've been thinking of sharing these resoloutions with everyone.  Accountability, for one, is why I'm writing about them, plus, resolutions are a popular thing to post on blogs, and, I think it's always good to share good ideas.  At least, I think they are good ideas, and it's nice to share.  So, on with it, because, pretty soon it's going to be 2017... like tomorrow, you know… That time vortex thing. 
Here are the things that I have come up with, as family goals.  
1.  Be the best you (for each of us)!  Sounds so cliche, right? But, for real, every day is a gift and none of us are promised tomorrow. Be the best you that you can be.  This may mean being a better spouse, or mother, or sister or brother.  Work hard on being better than yesterday, and definitely better than last year.  No matter what hat you’re wearing, no matter what job you are doing… Be the best.  
2.  Be intentional. Call your friends, talk to your family, make eye contact with the store clerk, smile at the Starbucks barista.  You have a million little opportunities to impact someone’s life.  Don't stay put in your own little virtual world.  Live in the real world, and do FaceTime with your actual face with the actual person that you're actually hanging out with. 
3.  Throw stuff away.  We are living in an abundance of stuff.  Most of us don't need another device, or more knick-knacks or more clothes, or jewelry or whatever. Stuff. Too much. It is next to impossible to escape it. Think about how big our houses are, our apartments, our yards-- everything is big in the USA.  If it isn't something that you think is beautiful, or it isn't something you have used in the past year, then it is time to donate it. 
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4.  Live simply.  For me, this is my big goal.  I want to draw in and really live within simple means.  We need food, shelter, and relationships. Our kids need that from us, as parents. Our spouses need all that, too.  I want to be able to look back at this year and know that I really spent time with my friends and family, and that we did life together. It is idyllic, maybe, but it is the goal I’m looking most forward to working on. Time. Relationships. Simplicity. 
Finally, of course, there are the practical goals. Starting our school day on time is one, for example.  This year is going by too quickly for me to fit in history, apparently.  I need to get us on an earlier start time. It's too bad that no one, not one person in my family, copes with mornings well… especially cold mornings, and dark mornings…(no, thank you).  Daily movement, eating green vegetables, daily flossing, these are all good goals, too.  I can list a ton of practical things, really, but that takes too long, and I'm not sure that listing all the practical things fits the goal of living simply. 
What are some of your goals (or resolutions, if you prefer) this year?  Maybe it's to read more books, exercise, eat healthy, or run a race. Whatever you do, I wish you lots of luck!  New Years are synonymous with fresh starts, so make it great! Be the best you can be!
 

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