I am subscribed to a newsletter for a planner that I bought last year. At the end of the year, they sent me a questionnaire to help me reflect on 2016 and what changes I want to make for 2017. The blog post can be found here if you want to take a peek.
Rather than doing all of them at once, I have been spending time thinking about each one as it applies to me. Today's question is: What goals do I have regarding family, love and friends in 2017?
I have said it before and I will say it again- I am so, so very blessed to have the family that I do. I have wonderful parents who model every day what a successful marriage is supposed to look like. I have two lovely, successful biological sisters that I truly enjoy and a third who is a sister of our heart. Each of them has provided me with smart, sweet nieces and nephews that, despite some not-so-great choices, are really good kids. The same could be said of my son. Smart, sweet and loving. I am so proud of the man he's become and I love the family he's chosen to make his own. By falling in love with Christina (who is a lovely, smart, strong woman in her own right) he is giving me two beautiful grandchildren. Do you detect a theme about my family? We are all very, very different women but we genuinely like one another and our family. The glitch is that we are so spread out. Indiana, California, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Oklahoma. We are all over the country and that makes it hard.
My friends are much the same. I have some terrific people in my life all over the country. The problem is- connecting with them as they are everywhere and those that are here are all on different schedules. It was much easier when you are in school and are together every day. Now we are grown ups, with our own lives and our own things going on. It makes staying close more difficult.
So my goal is to reach out. There are some people who I really NEED to reach out and reconnect with because I miss them. They aren't active on social media, so it will take a phone call or a card- but I am good at cards! I am NOT good at birthdays and anniversaries so I send my grand-kids, nieces and nephews and some friends random cards throughout the year just to let them know I am thinking of them. My goal is to add friends and other family members to the list and really make an effort to let them know when I am thinking about them. I mean- who doesn't like to get mail that is not a bill? Hopefully it will be a nice surprise. I think it will be a positive for all of us and will remind me when I do the deed how grateful I am to have them in my life.