- January = Finalizing our charter application
- February = Completing the final push for the charter school
- March = Publicizing A Priceless Wedding; Getting a head start on the school
- April = Publicizing A Priceless Wedding; Getting a head start on the school
- May = Publicizing A Priceless Wedding; Getting a head start on the school
- June = Moving into our new house and getting settled; building raised beds; preparing the soil for fall gardening
- July = Relaxing with the new baby
- August = Relaxing with the new baby; Interviewing with the state to secure a charter
- September = Working on my school part-time while I stay home with the new baby
- October = Working on my school part-time while I stay home with the new baby
- November = Working on my school part-time while I stay home with the new baby
- December = Working on my school part-time while I stay home with the new baby
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
As much as I like the festive Christmas spirit, I really, really like the new year. I like the natural cycle of reflection, planning, goal-setting, dreaming, and the renewed sense of energy I feel.
My friends and I have been filling out this New Year's Reflection form since I created it in 2005. Last year, I added Andrea's reflection into the mix, which is more holistic. We also make a collage to represent the kind of year we want to have. I like Andrea's idea of having a mantra for the year. This year, I want to make sure I incorporate my mantra into my collage.
My mantra for 2012 was "Make Dreams Happen." I've definitely done that in many ways, including finishing and publishing my book, growing the idea of Austin's first public Montessori school from a small seed into a sapling, selling our house without a realtor and moving to Austin, finding land/designing a house, collaborating with good friends to write and publish another book, getting pregnant (twice), and learning how to run a charter school by working at a new one.
Wow. It's crazy to see everything listed all together like that.
What does this next year have in store for me? Actually, that sounds really passive. I should ask, "What do I want to create/bring to fruition/make happen in 2013?"
I want the state to approve our charter so Magnolia Montessori For All can officially be born. I want to give birth to a happy and healthy little one. I want to continue to nurture Henry and help him build the foundation of his personality. I want to make our new house a home. I want to bring food forth from the earth. I want to build community in our new city. I want to practice Spanish to improve my ability to communicate with diverse families.
What lays ahead in each month?
I look forward to continuing this process of reflection and intention-setting. We're going to take a 21-hour roadtrip to see my family in Florida (and then fly to Indiana to see Matt's family), so I'll have lots of time to refine my thinking and position myself for the new year.
I'll see you on January 7th! May your next couple of weeks brim to the top with love, contentment, and connection!