Dec 31, 2014

A Good Idea and a Happy New Year

The last few years I've done a "Fairwell current year, here's what I did, here's what was good/bad" post on New Year'e Eve (where's the party, right). But this year of course Facebook has done that for us so no need! (joke)

Kate Takes 5 has done a nice 'fresh start' post at her blog, where she makes one simple resolution: identify what makes you happy, and resolve to do a little bit more of it.

Excellent idea, thought I.

The things that make me happy, but which I already do a lot of, are:
  • reading
  • hanging out with my kids, just talking, watching a movie together, etc
  • driving alone
I already do plenty of those, so that will continue.

The other things that make me happy, and which feed me, but which I don't do enough of, are:
  • writing
  • drawing
  • enjoying art
  • walking
  • being outside

old Life Magazine photo from Barnorama

So those are the things I will strive to do a little bit more in 2015.  To make room for those things, I will have to:
  • do better at sharing the mental and emotional work of parenting with the husband
  • share the organisational and responsible aspects of domesticity with the husband, because that crap is exhausting and will deplete all your joy

I did enjoy my 12 Resolutions challenge last year, and who knows, that may pop up again - but I like this simple, new resolution a lot.

In the meantime, Happy New Year to you, and may your last evening of 2014 be lovely.

Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year to you.....I like your resolution very much.

  2. Hi Jackie,

    Happy New Year to you and your family.




  3. Haapy New Year from Poland for your family Gosia

  4. Happy New Year. I heard something nice today. When something good happens to you, write it down on a slip of paper, or perhaps make a computer file, and at the end of the year open the jar and see how many good and nice things that happened over the year. You remember the bigger things, but not so much the smaller ones.

  5. Happy New Year. I like your plan - and like Andrew's suggestion too. Cherish the nice and fun works for me.

  6. Thank you very much everyone. Andrew, great idea.

  7. Nice post - Happy New Year. A few things on your list I found myself saying ...... yes I must do more of that.

    1. Happy new year Jacana. Yes, we all could do more of the things we love, I think. Not always easy to make time or avoid distractions.

  8. Happy New Year!
    Good luck with that resolution.

    1. Thanks River. I'm already regretting making any resolution at all!



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