Each year, I sit down with my daughters, aged 10 and 11, and we talk about what we envision for the coming year. It’s become such a special treat to hear what’s important to them and what they want to focus on.
Most of all, it’s a time to bond and set intentions for the year as a family. It’s become such a tradition, we call it Our Seven F’s: family, friends, fitness, finance, foreign travel & adventure, future learning (career/work/school) and arguably, especially for girls their age, fun.
Here’s what we ask each other:
- What do we want to do more of or get better at as a family?
- How do we want to be better friends? And which friendships are most important to us?
- How do we want to be more active and find new ways to stay fit?
- What financial goals do we have? What do we want to save for?
- Which other countries and cultures can we learn from this year?
- What will help inspire our life-long learning and intellectual growth? How do we stay curious?
- How do we want to have fun this year?
Some of my favorites from my girls have been…
- Family: Get another dog
- Friends: Have 8 sleepovers this year!
- Fitness: Get a 7 day stretch on Peloton
- Finance: Earn at least $100
- Foreign Travel & Adventure: Visit The Bahamas, Africa, Asia
- Future: Get to fifth grade
- Fun: Do trapeze
I love doing this, especially with my daughters at their ages, because it’s an activity we can do together that inspires positive thinking and gets everyone excited about the potential of what the new year will bring.
It’s a great way to spark conversation, articulate and visualize new goals, then collectively commit to creating change.
We don’t usually do everything on everyone’s list (particularly the extensive travel ideals!). That said, it’s often a pleasant surprise when we look back at the year prior, how many we can check off as having been accomplished.
What rituals do you practice to close out one year and start a new one?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emma Thornton is the Founder of LUV. Click here to read our recent interview with her.