new years children’s interview

A few years ago, I saw a wonderfully fun post idea from Emmy. Around the first of the year she would ask her children a few questions! Then, she would share those answers in comparison to the previous years. While I cannot find Carson’s answers from the previous years, I thought it would be fun to join along again. After all, it is a rather cute idea!

happy new year

carson

basics

Name: Carson.
Age: Seven.

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Breakfast: Bagel and cream cheese.
Dinner: Macaroni and cheese.
Dessert: Ice cream — strawberry. 
Drink: Strawberry milk. 
Fruit: Watermelon. 
Vegetable: Carrots.
Restaurant: McDonald’s. 
Place: Bowling alley. 
Show: Pokemon XYZ. 
Toy: Fidget cube. 
Board game: Monopoly. 
Video game: Minecraft. 
Book: Go Dogs Go! 

questions

What is one wish you have for the new year? To get more Lego sets. 
Where is one place you want to go this year? To the park. 
What do you want to do differently this year? Stay at Brayden’s house more often. 
If I gave you $100, what would you spend it on? Video games. 
What was your favorite thing about last year? Going to the park. 
If you could have one thing, what would it be? A cell phone. 
What do you want to be when you grow up? Scientist. 
Who is your best friend; who are your friends? Skarlett. 
What is something your mom always says? Did you hear me?
What is something your dad always says? Yes to playing games. 

brayden

basics

Name: Brayden.
Age: Ten.

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Breakfast: French toast.
Dinner: Burgers.
Dessert: Ice cream — mint. 
Drink: Dr. Pepper.
Fruit: Apples.
Vegetable: Broccoli.
Restaurant: Olive Garden. 
Place: Wild Waves.
Show: Walking Dead.
Toy: Xbox.
Board game: Monopoly.
Video game: GTA.
Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

questions

What is one wish you have for the new year? Ride dirt bikes more. 
Where is one place you want to go this year? Wild Waves. 
What do you want to do differently this year? Participate in more sports. 
If I gave you $100, what would you spend it on? Video games.
What was your favorite thing about last year? Christmas and spending time with family. 
If you could have one thing, what would it be? A million dollars. 
What do you want to be when you grow up? Math scientist.
Who is your best friend; who are your friends? Jordan. 
What is something your mom always says? Be nice to each other. 
What is something your dad always says? Dude. 

why new years resolutions fail

new years resolutions

Every single year I feel a bubble of excitement about New Years. I spend hours upon hours coming up with both challenging and exciting resolutions to complete throughout the year. In fact, and ironically, most of my resolutions are the exact same as the year before. This is because each year I completely fail at accomplishing my resolutions. Admittedly, this gets frustrating. I find myself thinking what am I doing wrong? Or is it me or is it my resolutions? 

why new years resolutions fail:

Too many resolutions. 

When coming up with resolutions, it is easy to go a little overboard. At least I do. Often times, we set too many resolutions for ourselves and become overwhelmed. Giving yourself dozens of goals to focus on makes it to where you cannot put as much effort into each goal as you should. Focus is impossible when you are juggling so many resolutions! The more simple and focused the resolution the easier to attain.

Unrealistic resolutions.

Many resolutions are to change habits that you have had your entire life. For example: eating healthier, spending less money, being more active, simplifying your life, etc. Negative habits are formed over years. Undoing them is going to take more time than just a few weeks. Be realistic about the small steps that you will need to take.

Not being willing to pay the price. 

Nothing in life is free. Although, we would love to think so. Resolutions can cost money, sacrifice, and time. Are you truly willing to put in the effort, money, and time that it may take? Recognize whether you are or are not and begin from there.

The resolutions are not flexible. 

Are your resolutions win or lose with no in between? Resolutions must be able to adapt because life happens. Unfortunately, we cannot control the future. Sometimes things must change a little bit.

There is no action now. 

If you aren’t acting today, right now, chances are you won’t tomorrow or the next day. When setting resolutions it is easy for us to say “I will start [insert date here]”. However, when that time comes it is easy to continue pushing the date back.

The necessary information is not there. 

It is easy to give up when someone doesn’t know what to expect. Researching what will need to be done to attain the resolutions ahead of time is key. Not to mention, it will give you a better perspective and timeline of what needs to be done. Without the right information you will eventually attain your goal. Unfortunately, it could possibly take longer than it should.

Unwillingness to fail. 

By not trying because you are afraid of failing, you fail before you even begin. There is that saying “it is better to try and fail than not try at all”. It is so true! Plus, with failure you at least learn from the situation and know what to change for your next attempt.

The resolutions are all talk. 

If your resolution isn’t something you truly want to do, then chances are you won’t be dedicated enough to accomplish it. The resolutions you set must be something that you truly want to do. If it just sounds good, most likely it should not be made into a resolution.

Quitting before the finish line.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Did you know that a majority of people give up on their resolutions in the second month? This is easy to do when you aren’t truly invested in putting in the work to accomplish your resolution.

one word: intentional

intentional

Happy New Year!

Hello, 2018.

Admittedly, I still feel like just the other day it was the beginning of 2017. All through last year I found myself wondering how time was flying by so quickly. Does anyone else feel this way?

In regards to the New Year, I used to set resolutions like it was my job. However, by February I would forget all of my resolutions and never get around to achieving them. Fortunately last year I discovered the trend of choosing just one word. One word that I would plan to live the year by. At first I thought that it was silly to try to choose just one word to set for the year. After all there are thousands of amazing words to choose from. Finding just one to become your mantra for an entire year is intimidating.

Thankfully, the more I thought about it the more it made sense. Choosing one word would help guide and bring better focus to my year. Plus, I could remember one word much easier than a list of resolutions.

how to choose your one word:

  1. Take a few minutes and write down who you want to see yourself become. Write a paragraph and reflect on what you hope to accomplish in the coming year. Think of the end result of what you hope to achieve. Remember: this paragraph needs to be deep, important, and personal.
  2. Condense your paragraph down into one sentence. This sentence needs to encompass the main goal of the entire paragraph. Make sure that you also write down this sentence.
  3. Decide which word would best resonate with the sentence that you wrote. The word does not have to literally be contained in the sentence; just one that sums it up. You can choose an adjective, a noun, or a verb. Your one word can be whatever you want it to be. Just try to remember to choose a word that is challenging and promotes growth. Something that you can use as a mantra to give you an extra push or use as guidance. Also, don’t make the word too narrow.

my one word:

intentional

in·ten·tion·al
/inˈten(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l/
adjective
done on purpose

 

I would love to hear which word you chose for 2018! Feel free to let me know in the comments.