There are only a few days left before the year is over and I’ve already started thinking about my 2018 goals.

Before I say good-bye forever to 2017, I should probably review the previous 12 months. This is where I hesitate, because end of the year reflections can be really overwhelming. A quick internet search of “year-end reflection questions” yields results like:

  • 50 Questions to Help You Review 2017
  • 25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of the Year
  • 20 End of the Year Reflection Questions

I don’t know how you feel, but I think 50 questions is ALOT of questions! Even 20 is a lot. I have 2 young kids and I can’t even go to the bathroom by myself. How will I have enough time or brain power to answer 50 questions before the end of the year!?!?

To my relief, I also found this simple 3 question year-end review by Marie Forleo.

I can answer 3 questions.

1. What did I do, make or experience that I’m really proud of?
2. What mistake did I make and what did I learn from it?
3. What am I willing to let go of?

Here’s Marie’s video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbKUN6mJHjc

1. What did I do, make or experience that I’m really proud of?
I’m really proud of my Etsy Shop. I’m proud that it’s filled with things that I thought of and brought to life. I’m proud of the cute designs. Mostly, I’m proud of the smiles my designs bring to people.

I am also really proud of my decision to stay with my kids and homeschool. I’m proud of the people they are becoming. I see their love for God growing. I see their compassion for people growing. I see their willingness to serve others. I am proud that I get to be their main influencer and encourager.

2. What mistake did I make and what did I learn from it?
The mistake I made was neglecting to take care of myself.
I didn’t drink enough water.
I didn’t sleeping enough.
I didn’t take enough deep breaths.
I didn’t laugh enough.
I didn’t spend enough time alone.

I learned that I cannot take care of others if I do not take care of myself.

3. What am I willing to let go of?
I’m willing to let go of my desire to please everyone.
I’m willing to let go of the idea that I can control what others think of me.
I’m willing to let go of my need to be liked and accepted by everyone.

The truth is I cannot please everyone and when I try, I’m miserable.
The truth is I can’t control what others think of me. What others think of me probably has a lot more to do with who they are than who I am.
The truth is not everyone will like me or approve of my life choices, and that’s okay.

Now that I’ve taken a few moments to reflect on the 2017, I am officially ready to bid farewell to 2017 and say hello to 2018.

To my fellow makers, mothers and Mesdames,

This year, you had an idea and made it come to life. You turned your thoughts into reality. You strengthened hearts. You challenged minds. You lightened loads and encouraged spirits. You cared. You loved. You gave. The world would be a very different place without you and I appreciate you.

May your Christmas be filled with love, joy and laughter. Merry Christmas!

After 6 years and 2 kids, I have come to the conclusion that the amount of stress I experience in my home is directly related to the number of toys we have.

More toys, more stress.
Less toys, less stress.

More toys, more arguing.
Less toys, less arguing.

More toys, more mess.
Less toys, less mess.

Do you want your home to be less stressful and more calm?
Reduce the number of toys in your home.

Teaching. Cleaning. Laundry. Cooking. Driving. Errands. Meetings. It’s not surprising that the end of the day is when I’m the most irritable. I have a feeling a lot of my end of day frustrations would disappear if, instead of staying up, I just went to sleep.

Sometimes the best stories are old ones. Here are a few stories from my childhood that we’ve been enjoying lately.

oldies but goodies

1. Moongame by Frank Asch
One night Moonbear decides to play hide-and-seek with the moon. When it’s Moonbear’s turn to hide, the moon finds him every time. But when the moon ducks behind a cloud and doesn’t come out, Moonbear gets worried. Is the moon lost forever?

2. The Gumby Shop by Joy Cowley
Where can you find a clown in a pancake gown? At the Gumby Shop! Take a trip to the Gumby shop and discover all the quirky things that you can’t get anywhere else!

3. Nobody by Patience Brewster
A girl named Sarah frequently claims “Nobody did it.” Find out what happens when “Nobody” is finally revealed to be somebody.

4. Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch
Moonbear discovers that he and the moon share the same birthday. Now Moonbear wants to give his nighttime friend a present. But what do you buy the moon?


Hi! My name is Loni (a.k.a. MamaFish). I'm a maker, mother and Mrs. and I'm on a mission to cover the world with smiles! This is where I write about fun stuff for kids and the grown-ups who love them. Read more...

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