• On Balance: Daily Goals

    Thinking about the balance issue this weekend, I read over each and every one of your brilliant suggestions and decided to compile a list of different areas of my life that needed attention daily to help me feel balanced and grounded. These areas were: physical, creative, outdoors, cleaning/organization, spiritual, and educational (this could just be catching up on articles in The New Yorker, This American Life episodes while cleaning or reading a good book). After making my own personal list to review every day, it occurred to me that Henry needed most of these things too so I made a revised version for us both to review on his chalkboard and plan out our days accordingly.
    I had read once that every child needed creative play and free outdoors play everyday. This is something I try to do anyway with him and then simply added a few more categories. So far he and I have both loved addressing our daily goals and it really helped me feel grounded and fulfilled at the end of the day. 
    Thank you all again for your thoughtful comments and the several sweet emails. You are all so inspiring, smart and supportive. When I grow up, I want to be just like you ;)
    XOXO
      
  • 19 comments

    1. Amber said… March 15, 2011 6:12 pm

      Awwwww, What a great idea. Love it! May have to appropriate it ;) Thank u. x

    2. Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com said… March 9, 2011 6:44 pm

      Love the idea of making yourself accountable for things like creative and outdoor time every day. Thanks for the inspiration!

    3. Kacy said… March 9, 2011 11:07 am

      Nice idea.

    4. everyday katie said… March 9, 2011 4:12 am

      Inspiring for sure. AshleyAnn has a post about this kind of thing. I like her approach as well.http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2010/11/05/goals-how-to-make-em-and-break-em/

    5. everyday lovelies said… March 8, 2011 10:34 pm

      fabulous thought! something I need to do and need to STICK to doing. I also think it's great you thought of and included your son :)

    6. About Last Weekend said… March 8, 2011 5:31 pm

      Great post – I have been enjoying blogging so much am stuck to computer all day but must get back to my Hip Hop dancing (yes! I know a frightening thought!) which I've done for 8 years – then suddenly stopped this year. Plus it's a true Oakland experience.

    7. About Last Weekend said… March 8, 2011 5:26 pm

      Great post – I have been enjoying blogging so much am stuck to computer all day but must get back to my Hip Hop dancing (yes! I know a frightening thought!) which I've done for 8 years – then suddenly stopped this year. Plus it's a true Oakland experience.

    8. Miss Bibliophile said… March 8, 2011 5:24 pm

      Just to echo everyone else's comments- this is a great idea and I'm going to try it too.

    9. la petite coquine said… March 8, 2011 4:29 pm

      What a great way to accomplish it all!

    10. robin k said… March 8, 2011 11:59 am

      Awesome. Love that Henry is enjoying the lists too.

    11. Katie said… March 8, 2011 11:53 am

      what a fabulous idea!? love it!

    12. small + friendly said… March 8, 2011 11:43 am

      This is a beautiful idea in its simplicity. I like that your list not unreasonable or overly specific. I am officially inspired! Thanks

    13. Kristen Duke Photography said… March 8, 2011 11:41 am

      the balance issue…every day!

    14. marissa said… March 8, 2011 10:29 am

      what great goals, balance is totally right. I think I need to make my own list and totally save this idea when I have my own kiddos

    15. Ariel said… March 8, 2011 10:22 am

      This is wonderful. thanks for the great idea!

    16. Heather Lowe said… March 8, 2011 9:59 am

      great list, you've inspired ME to to do the same!

    17. erin and paul said… March 8, 2011 9:29 am

      how great, thanks for this

    18. megan said… March 8, 2011 8:51 am

      this is a brilliant idea! so simple and allows time for the things that are really important in life. thank you for sharing!

    19. leigh said… March 8, 2011 8:45 am

      what a great idea – your list. thanks!

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