A very big welcome to Megan Devine of Kids and Eggs who is kindly joining The Conscious Caterpillar today to share some very worthwhile Hopes and Dreams of 2015. Among other publications, Meg's writing has appeared in the magazines Taproot and Grounded and she is a regular monthly columnist for Minnesota Parent.
Over to you, Meg and thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Hello Conscious Caterpillar readers!
I am hoping the year 2015 is greeting you warmly. Here in Northeast Minnesota (USA) we are in the midst of winter and are experiencing sub-zero temperatures and knee-high snow. But, we are enjoying the light when we can and staying warm indoors by the woodstove.
As Xan kindly welcomed me to guest post in this place, I thought it would be timely to reflect and share five of my goals and aspirations for the upcoming year. These thoughts reflect who I am, my values and serve as reminders of how I want to approach each day:
::Make Informed Decisions
Life does not come with an instruction book, but we can do our best by making sound decisions by seeking out information and ideas that can help us validate and support the decisions that we make, whether this is for us individually, for our children, work or family life.
::Spend Meaningful, Undistracted Time With my Children (and Husband) each day
This sounds like it should be easy, but, as you can probably relate, the challenge is to be fully present without preoccupation with something else. I want to work to make a conscious effort to be attentive in my thoughts and actions to those around me, even if in small segments of time throughout the day.
:: Seek Balance
We are pulled in so many directions as parents, we, along with our children can be overscheduled and stressed. My hope for this year is to stay grounded by working to make mindful choices, balancing family time and external commitments for myself and for my children.
:: Make Time for Self-Care
I have learned, to be a good caregiver, I must first take care of myself. I am a better mother, teacher, wife, and friend when I am eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising, and making time for personal creative hobbies. We need to make self-care a priority to feel and live our best lives.
:: Experience Joy & Practice Gratitude
Life is like the ocean waves, full of highs and lows. My goal for 2015 is to focus and to be grateful for those highs, the joyful moments that are so abundant in my life.
I invite to you work toward these ideals along with me in this new year.
What goals are you working toward in 2015?
Megan is a mother, writer, and early childhood educator. Her passion is to share the love of learning and the wonder and excitement of the natural world with young children. She lives with her husband James, her four young children, a flock of chickens, two hives of bees, and a White German Shepherd on a small hobby farm on the edge of the wilderness in Northeast Minnesota. Follow her family adventures at her blog kidsandeggs.com.