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Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 Year End Reflections

2014 has come and gone.  It was a year filled with mixed emotions.  We created lots of memories together as a family, and I somehow managed to homeschool the girls through an odd, uncharacteristic slump.  Before school starts back up tomorrow, I will reflect back on 2014.

5 Highlights From The Year:
  1. Working our way through the Top 10 Waterfalls in Minnesota list.
  2. Being able to finally leave the girls home alone for an hour while I get coffee with a friend.
  3. Millie tested above grade level, despite my failure to teach the last three months of the school year.
  4. Feeling like the old Leslie "If I want it, I'll go out and get it" mentality is back.
  5. Continuing to build a strong family unit that I love.

5 Disappointments:

  1. I didn't stick to my weight loss plan, at all.
  2. I didn't pay down our debt as I would have liked.
  3. We're still living in the condo, that I vowed to move from nine years ago.
  4. My big "slump of '14"
  5. I haven't concentrated on our personal business as much as I would have liked.

2 Game Changers:

  1. Going to the MACHE conference last Spring changed the way I do everything in my homeschool.
  2. Remembering that the only person who can bring change to my life is me.
2 Things I Focused On:

  1. Making sure this school year would be better than last.
  2. Doing less for my children in an effort to foster independence. 
2 Things I forgot:

  1. To read.
  2. To focus on improving myself.


I certainly don't think 2014 was a bad year.  It was pretty great.  I imagine 2015 will be even better since I'm making a big effort to make improvements.

Here's what I'm doing in 2015 that will improve my life:
  1. Going back to school in less than two weeks!
  2. Using the treadmill every weekday.
  3. Cutting sugar out of my diet.
  4. Create a realistic budget
  5. Pay down debt
  6. Move into a house (please please please)
  7. Spend one-on-one time with the girls before bed (pillow talk)
  8. Increase production for our business
  9. Spend more time in nature.

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