Family goals and freebie

Until we move into our new house (next week!) I won’t have much interesting to write, unless you want to hear me complain about packing and cleaning. I mean, I complain about it to myself and I’m tired of hearing about it, so I doubt you want to read about it.

So, since I have nothing to really write about, I thought I’d give you another free printable. This one is something to do with your kids, to help them feel a little more in control in this new year. The past 10 months have been difficult on everyone, but especially kids, who don’t really understand what’s going on. My 9yo helped me on this, and decided he wanted a comic book theme. Awesome! He also helped come up with some of the ideas for the panels.

You can print this off and let your kids color is with bright comic book colors or add drawings to the panels to illustrate the answers. For our word of the year, instead of asking him for just a word, or giving him a list of words to choose from, I asked what he wanted his life to be like for the year, then chose several words that gave an impression of his ideas. Some of the things he said he wanted 2021 to be were fun, exciting, have lots of laughter, opportunities for exploring, and back to normal. Well, that’s not a big list, is it? The last one really broke my heart. He wants life to just be “normal.” My poor love. Of all the words I gave him, the word bloom seemed to capture his attention the most. He asked what that meant and how it applied to him. I explained that like flowers, it meant growth for people, too. Like a plant growing in a crack in concrete, people can make the best of a situation, persevere, even when it seems impossible, and continue to grow. That really seemed to work for him, so our family word for the year is BLOOM. I like it.

We spent a good 30-45 minutes working on our goals and had fun doing it. He hasn’t colored it in yet, but plans to some time this week. I promised to watch. 😂 I hope you and your family can use this and spend some time thinking about what you want to get out of 2021.

Have a great day, everyone. I should go back to packing, but I think I’ll go to bed, instead.


What day do you start your week?

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing first weekend of 2021. We are (mostly). The dogs, Jack (Pomeranian) and Bella (Yorkie) went to the groomer, today, so it hasn’t been quite so relaxing for them. They look adorable, though, wouldn’t you agree?

This photo completely sums up their personalities. Jack is just happy to be anywhere, and Bella thinks he’s ridiculous.

Anyway, after many years of living in Europe, I got used to having calendars that started on Monday, unlike American calendars, which start on Sunday. Sunday is part of the weekEND, so why do our calendars start on Sunday? WHY? WHY??? I always make my journal calendars, and have my phone calendars set Monday start, so having a wall calendar that starts on Sunday is a bit of a pain. It makes me a bit crazy, TBH, because sometimes I get my days mixed up if I’m just doing a quick glance. Gah!

It’s so difficult to find a Monday start calendar, I simply make my own now, just to make it easier on myself. I thought I’d share a version with you, in case you would like to print your own.

I do a horizontal calendar in my journal, and may use a larger print version on my wall. I’m including a copy of that, too, in case you’re interested.

So, what’s your preference, Sunday or Monday start?


Setting Goals for 2021 and a free printable

I hope this New Year’s Eve finds you safe and sound and snuggled up at home, waiting for this year to end. I have a bottle of Veuve Cliquot chilling in the fridge. If you’ve never had it, you should try it. It’s pricey (about $70), but as we only have it every now and then, I think the splurge is worth it! We visited the Veuve Cliquot Caves a few years back in Reims, France, and it was fascinating. But, that’s not what I planned to write about.

One of my favorite things is my planner/journal. Tomorrow I will be starting my 6th year. I even teach classes on it. It’s one of my most popular classes and has helped many people become more organized. TBF, I’m still struggling with organization in my home, but on paper, I am SUPER organized. Many people use their journals to set goals, which is a good thing. Writing down your goal makes it more real, IMO. The downside of setting goals is that people often feel guilty when they don’t achieve that goal. This isn’t due to any fault of their own, but because a goal without a plan is just a wish. A lot of people set a goal to lose weight, but looking at that big goal can be intimidating and discouraging. Goals need to be broken down into manageable steps. You know the old adage: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

You come up with a goal, and you write it down. Great! Now what? How are you going to reach that goal? Think of what you need to do to achieve that goal. What steps do you need to take? Write them down! Break those steps down into actionable events. I personally LOVE to check things off. I get a weird high off that little check mark!  

Let’s look at the example of losing weight. Say your goal is to lose 25 pounds. If you keep looking at that goal, it’s going to seem like a weight around your neck (for you literary types, think of it as your albatross).  Break it into smaller goals. If you give yourself 6 months, that’s 4.15 pounds a month. If you give yourself an entire year, that’s just over 2 pounds a month. That seems MUCH more doable, doesn’t it?  Absolutely! At the beginning of every month, you can have a mini goal to lose 2 pounds. You can TOTALLY do that.  What are you going to do to lose those 2 (or 4) pounds a month? Cut out soda? Workout a few times a week? Skip dessert? Give up your afternoon snack? Break it down! Write down what you need to do next. Do you need to research healthy lunches or snacks? Make a note to do so. Want to find new workout routines? Make it part of your plan, and takes notes of what you find. If I don’t write something down, it doesn’t get done.

In the interest of helping you set, and accomplish, your goal(s) in 2021, I’ve made a freebie goal worksheet! I Print it out and start your year off with a plan! There’s a plain black and white version, for those who like it simple, but if you like a bit of color, I’ve also made versions with splashes of pink, blue, or purple. PDF download links at the end of the post.

The downloads are letter size (8.5×11”), but if you want to print them smaller and paste them into your planner (or print them on matte sticker paper you can write on), here’s a little conversation chart to help with some of the most popular size.

If you don’t see your planner size listed, here’s a little formula I found to help you figure out what percentage to print it (yes, sorry, math).

WIDTH of your insert ÷ 8.5 = ?
Number from above x 100 = Percent to print

Example: Let’s say my planner insert is 4.5” wide x 6” high.

4.5 ÷ 8.5 = .53

.53 x 100 = 53%

You need to print at 53%. Easy easy, right?

Okay, I think that’s enough for now. Go set some goals (not too many) to crush in 2021.

Happy New Year!