20 questions for reflecting on your 2011

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! Today I’m over on (in)courage, sharing my annual list of questions I use to reflect on the previous year. Head over there to read the post and to share your thoughts.

Then, head back here and download the free PDF of questions. Use it to journal in solitude or to chat with a group of friends over the next few days. Either way, I hope it’s a blessing to you.

Next week, I’ll be back on (in)courage, sharing ideas, tips, and motivation to kick-start 2012, springboarding from my e-book, One Bite at a Time. If you haven’t yet, mosey over to 52 Bites and download yourself a copy—it’s a great way to start off the new year. (There’s a coupon code for $1 off the e-book in the download linked above.)

The following week I’ll share another round of questions. This time, you’ll plan your goals for 2012. What are your plans? Your hopes? What would you like to happen for you personally, for your children, for your family? Be intentional, and jot down some ideas so that you can create a workable plan.

Enjoy the holiday, and I’ll see you in 2012!

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Everyday ways to foster independence in kids

I feel that one of my main parenting jobs is to help my kids leave the nest knowing to look both ways before crossing the street, how to boil water, and that it’s a good thing to pay bills on time. How to be a grown-up, in other words. By the time my kids are (read more…)

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My favorite music, movies, television, and books of 2011

You know, I was going to write a post revealing great ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve with little kids. But then I realized I don’t have any great ideas. Stay home. Play a board game or two. Pop some popcorn. Maybe watch a movie and stay up a bit later than usual. Talk about (read more…)

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Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours… May your days be merry and bright. “Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” -Washington Irving “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every (read more…)

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A simple holiday season (the latest on The Simple Mom Podcast!)

The latest podcast is up! In this episode, I’m talking with my friend Megan Tietz of Sorta Crunchy. We’ve been trying to podcast all throughout the fall, so it was great to finally catch up with each other! In this episode, Megan and I chat about We talk small houses (and how to deal with (read more…)

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