2013 Family Goals

This year, I plan to 

  • Support well-run independent retailers. While I was shopping for toys last Christmas, I noticed the dearth of independent toy stores and the large number that had closed shop. It made me sad because most of those stores had unique inventory that couldn't be found in Toys R Us (I'm not a fan of BRU or TRU). This year, I'll be putting my money where my mouth is and supporting independent small businesses 
  • Make "greener" lifestyle choices. Calgary has a wealth of organic food options and I intend to explore them fully. Last time I was in the grocery store arguing with my self over the cost of organic foods, the sarcastic little voice inside me whispered "it's cheaper than chemo!"
  • Calgarise my family. Get local, shop local, eat local, appreciate the ins and outs of my new home town Calgary
  • Connect. Strengthen old connections and make new ones. This will require stepping out of my introverted little box
  • Sign kids up for physical activity and musical classes. (I think Spice would love the music and Sugar would love the tumbling). That's hard because most classes are run on weekdays during work hours and expect a one child to adult ratio
These are more life action plan than resolutions. They are also things that I look forward to doing. I'd love for you to share your plans for the year. I'm looking for one or two blogging year-plans to participate in. 


  1. Great post! I always want to support the small toy stores but get sucked into the sales at the big stores like Walmart and tru.

    I made a list of some hobby type things that I want to do this year since most of my time is focused in my girls: http://cherrypietwins.blogspot.ca/2012/12/2013-activities.html?m=1

    I've already booked the photography class! I was supposed to start yoga tonight but I'm getting over te stomach flu...

    The one on one ratio for gymnastics/tumbling is a pain but it really is necessary. I found parent and toy gymnastics would wipe me out and that was with help, so I couldn't imagine it alone.

  2. I love that you state actions instead of resolutions. All of you actions are commendable and ones that I need to implement, too.

    The kids started a new preschool today, and they offer something like Kindermusik (2x a month), soccer (2x a month), and gymnastics (for an additional fee--$40 per child per month). I must admit, these extras were a big selling point and eventually helped us choose that center even though it was more expensive and a longer drive. The time I will save by not chauffeuring them back and forth is worth it!

    I haven't written about my new year's focus yet. On the heels of the 12 in 12 project, I think I am going to do a word this year. I am leaning towards the word "driven," as in driven by my values, my purpose, and motivation. I often find myself letting life happen instead of taking charge and "driving."

  3. We take the boys to gym and music - they love them both for different reasons! At home I play the music from the class and they just recently started "singing" along :)
    Gets me out of the house too!
    P.S. I just added a pg to my blog - "blogs I enjoy" and I put you up there!


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