Friday, January 22, 2016

2016: Collect Moments

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As we all know the start of the New Year generally means new goals, new experiences, and a new sense of determination. For me and my family, it’s also a time to reflect on the past year and dream big for the year to come. We love to reminisce about the happy times, talk about how much we’ve grown because of the hard times, and smile at all the times that brought laughter to our lives.

Unfortunately no one in my family has ever been good at keeping a journal, we often have experiences that we swear we will never forget so there’s no need to take the time to write them down. In spite of this, I usually end up forgetting a lot of these experiences! So one of my personal goals this year is to record and focus on the good experiences I’ll have throughout the year.

I decided to create a memory jar to collect memories throughout the year. One of the reasons I chose this is because it’s something my family and I can easily do together and it’s as easy as writing just a few sentences! I found the instructions for the jar we made here.

On our slips of paper, we decided we wanted to record things like

·         Memories that make us smile or laugh
·         Fun things we did as a family
·         Experiences that we learn from
·         Life lessons that others teach us
·         Things that we accomplish, big or small

Doing something like this is a great way to get your children involved in keeping the history of your family. Make sure you help them record things that are important to them. I'm sure they will begin to love putting memories into the jar as much as they will love reading them at the end of the year!

I’m excited to see how our family's memory jar will grow and am looking forward to reading all of our memories next New Years! 

Have any of you tried a memory jar before or something similar? How did it go for your family? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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