I hope this image taken by my hubby didn’t misguide you to think this would be a health post. I definitely had every intention to use it as such! The morning of our photo shoot/workout at the park turned out to be a complete different experience that our family enjoyed so much. It gave Jose and I yet a different outlook as parents, and I’m taking that memory with me into 2014.
For many, a healthy lifestyle tops this new year’s resolution list. For others, a job promotion, travel and finding love are main goals for the year. Some people may just like to repeat last year’s resolutions with the hope of really following through this time. I like to think that the beginning of January is always a time to reflect and to think about how we would like our lives to change for the better (or just tweak it a bit). I like setting new goals for myself every single year.
Those who know me, know that I am not complacent or still. Ever. I like to try new things and live new experiences. I’m proud to say that I have done so much in my life that when I look back at old photographs or talk about a distant memory, it feels like I lived several different lives already. Therefore, watching other people experience something great in their personal lives inspires me and truly makes me happy.
A friend of mine is vacationing with her family and extended family in the Dominican Republic and she posted on Facebook something that stuck with me these past few days. She wrote, “As I get older, I realize life is about experiences and not about what one owns.” Her pictures show beautiful sunsets, clear water, her handsome boys, hugs with her sister, mother and husband. I know she is living a beautiful life because I know she sets out to do so. I bet she lives every single day with a purpose. She exudes happiness but most importantly, gratitude. We can all see it and it’s moving.
As we reflect on the most goal-setting day of the year, let’s think of the experiences we will create for ourselves and our loved ones. My kids will remember few very special toys for the rest of their lives, but I hope that they will always remember what we did together and how we made special occasions exactly that…simply special.
What experiences do you hope to build for your family this year? Please share!