I made a conscious effort to figure out what would make me the happiest. What things gave me the most bang for my buck, so to speak. And the rest I just let go. Is there a way to just be happier? Or is the real secret to stop making yourself crazy with the things that don’t matter?
I began to tell my children about all the good things that happen. All the people who are good that far out number the bad. Often we don’t recognize or acknowledge these things. We do good quietly. But, doing good is contagious. I learned that from Ann Curry’s #26Acts of Kindness movement.
What are the things that you want to do with your kids before they leave childhood behind? I feel like I can write this list with authority now that I have almost grown kids. Most of these things my children have done, except for my oldest who still has not mastered the cartwheel. It is something that makes me laugh every time he attempts it.
I’ve come up with some activities to keep us entertained as we enjoy each other’s company for 3,000 miles. Three thousand long, long, loooong miles. If you’ll be taking a road trip this summer, too, be sure to read on. Maybe something here will help you keep your sanity during your long journey.
This summer, I dusted off my film degree and compiled a list of less obvious classic movies for us to watch as a family. These are all films that both kids and adults will enjoy, so we should have many, many hours of movie fun.
2011 was a tough year for me on many levels. I want to box it up and put it away and never think about it again. It was a year where I lost my joy. I spent most of the year going through the motions, doing what needed to be done, but not really doing any of it well. This year I am determined to get it back and make my family happier in the process.