SUNDAY SUPPER AND OTHER TO-DO LIST ITEMS
Did you know that January is Sunday Supper month? I didn't realize that until this week. With kids and adults going in different directions, it's easy to get out of the habit of having meals together. We instinctively know, however, that family dinners are magical—they give us unique opportunities to connect with each other on a deeper level.
My family (immediate and extended) has been missing family dinners for a while. We've made excuses about why we don't have meals together. But, as a family history professional, I know that kids who have dinner and conversation with their family members are more centered than kids who eat alone. So even before I realized it was Sunday Supper month, I was encouraging my family to make dinner together a priority.
What's Trash and What's Treasure?
Although it's not on the list, I think that January should also be named the National Month of Decluttering. Everyone is purging areas of their homes, trying to start the year off with more order to their possessions. So far, I've been able to clean out a whole closet and even delivered most of the donations to their rightful organizations. (You know how hard that can be!)
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet members of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society's local chapter and speak with them about how to curate the stories of their most prized possessions—How to know what is trash and what is treasure in the midst of decluttering? What a friendly, welcoming, and authentic group of people! I was honored to hear so many of their family stories.
Celebrate your small successes.
Celebrating Small Successes!
And we all know that January is also the month when so many of us make and break resolutions. I've mentioned before that instead of making resolutions, I choose a word to guide my activities for the year.
My word for the year is Celebrate! So whether it's getting Sunday supper (or any family dinner) on the table, purging a closet, writing a paragraph for my memoir, calling my mom and dad, or just having a few minutes to enjoy a cup of tea by myself, I'm going to Celebrate the little successes in my day.
Would you like to join me? I'd love to help you celebrate your successes in any area of your life this year! Drop me an email and let me know what you're up to.
Let's live a legacy of love in 2019 and celebrate!
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