Create a Family Memory Jar
I love the start of a fresh new year. The wide open possibilities that lie in the months ahead, a chance to shake things up, try a fresh approach. Out with the old, in with the new!
It’s also time to empty out our family memory jar and start over again.
In January we begin with an empty container. Throughout the year it becomes filled with notes about all of the good things that happen.
I probably add twice as many slips of paper into the jar as anyone else, but the kids have been pretty good about writing notes after we’ve returned home from a trip or a particularly fun day out and I’ve reminded them to include any awards received at school or bringing home a great report card.
It’s a New Year’s Day ritual to take turns reading all of the notes inside, serving up some drinks and making a nice little occasion out of it.
It’s fun to remember all of the good stuff that’s happened over the past 12 months. We applauded any merits, laugh at some of the funny occasions and were pleasantly surprised when we read out three slips of paper written by friends and extended family members who’d slipped in memories about their stay with us.
I pour the notes into a labelled envelope and the family memory jar is empty and ready to be filled with more fantastic memories for the year ahead!
Another New Year ritual I absolutely love is my annual personal goal writing session. I’ve been doing this every January since ‘the year 2000’ and can give this process full credit for all I’ve achieved in the years since then. I haven’t run any marathons or climbed any (actual) mountains – my goals are more about how I want to feel and be in each area of my life. When I read back through my yearly goal writing notebook I can actually witness the steady progress I’ve made in my self-awareness and personal growth over these past years.
It’s like that evolution of man drawing of the crouching ape slowly becoming more erect and less hairy!
I’ve gone from very moody, wildly impatient, constantly frazzled, unfulfilled and confused into someone who I rather like spending time with now! And my family agree.
In 2012, as I was writing out my goals, an idea came to me to write a book called Project Me. That book idea eventually morphed into this very website – which sparked my book publishing deal. See how this works?!
I now teach women how to set intentions and create action plans to make their own goals a reality. You can learn about that here.
In the comments below, share any family traditions you have around New Year. What do you think of the family memory jar?
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