We love hearing about the holiday traditions of our favorite couples! While most are understandably centered around Christmas or Hanukkah, we think New Year’s traditions should get a little more time in the spotlight. Krista Janos’ contribution to our latest issue was one of our favorites for that very reason. We hope it inspires y’all to set aside time with your significant other in the next week or so and dream about 2015!
At the end of each year, the Mister and I have a Year-in-Review/Goal Setting session. This sounds very “corporate,” but I promise, it’s so much fun! We have a chart that breaks the year into four quarters, and together we talk through and write down the great things and the not-so-great things that happened for each. We laugh and reminisce about the good times, and also share a few “oh Lordy, I’m glad we made it through that” moments. Afterwards, we brainstorm and share our personal goals and shared goals for the upcoming year. Some are fun, like “learn a new language,” “try one new recipe a week,” or “teach Dottie Mae to high five,” and others are a little deeper, like “carve out time to read the Bible together,” “plan a get-together with friends at least once a month,” or “do something kind and unexpected for a neighbor.” Once you have your goals, I highly recommend writing them down and keeping them somewhere in your home where you will see them often–on your bathroom mirror, nightstand, or fridge. Nothing beats written, visual goals; they’re constant reminders to make time for the things you want to do. It’s fun to encourage each other in our goals and, since I’m a huge list-maker, it’s always rewarding to cross things off the list!
Love Krista’s idea? Print out our ups and downs chart here. And check back in next Friday, when the Southern Weddings ladies will be sharing their relationship resolutions for the new year!