I think 2016 is going to be a great year.
Can I tell you a little secret? I think every year is going to be great. Why? Because I go into every year expecting the best and look at the positive events. Every January 1st, I am pretty sure I proclaim this will be a great year.
This past year ended with siding being blown off my house in a December wind storm. It looked pretty bad and a little less than a quarter of the siding came off the back off the house. From the look of some of the other houses in the neighborhood, we got pretty lucky. Other houses had roof damage and they lost siding on the entire side of the house. Right now, it’s covered and we’re working with the insurance company.
I have one goal for 2016. That’s it. My goal is get my family and myself to the end of the year in one piece. For the next 365 days, I’m focusing on family.
How can we communicate better?
How can we go longer periods of time without electronics?
How can the kids become more mindful?
How can the kids become more empathetic towards other?
How can I better help my kids work through some of the disappointments of growing up?
How can I build a stronger relationship with my kids and wife?
How can I be more available at home while working on the extracurricular activities I’m volunteer with?
How can I be a better person?
These are some of the things I’m going to work on this year. The list will probably grow. I know it will grow and that’s fine, adapt and change.
Two things The Rookie Dad was going to focus on this year was patience and consistency.