Simplify2013

 

While perhaps this would have been a better post to have had up ON the first of the year, it speaks to my heart in 2013 that it’s up a day later. I seem to be running behind in everything. I was intrigued last year when I started reading about people choosing a theme word – One Word – to focus on for the year instead of a list of resolutions to be…or not to be… broken. I decided to think about it, and in true Colleen fashion, thought about it all year before finally {!} deciding to dedicate my own 2013 journey to one overarching theme word.

While not earth-shattering or shocking in any way, I’m thrilled with the word God placed on my heart. It’s what we’ve been moving towards for awhile now, and fits right in with the back to basics approach to parenting, homeschooling, and family-living that we’ve talked a bit about already here on the blog.

For 2013, my One Word is SIMPLIFY.

The picture above was created for me by Melanie at Only a Breath, and I encourage you to hop over to her site and be blessed. I love the design, with the balls being small and further apart at the beginning of the circle, and gaining weight and closeness as they reach the end. This year, like the graphic, I begin with baby steps, hoping to gain momentum throughout the year until living simply is a habit layered on top of our everyday.

Albert Einstein, one of my favorite people about whom to read, said,

“I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for the body and the mind.”

And, we are told in Luke 12:34

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I want my heart to be for and with my God, and for and with my family.

  • When I surround myself with things, I teach my children that they need things to feel fulfilled.
  • When I fill my schedule with activities, I teach my children that they need to be busy out of the home in order to feel accomplished.
  • When I put my quiet time off, I teach my children that all things come before God.

This year, we simplify – our schedules, our possessions, our passions… we live for Christ and the family with which He’s blessed us.

For the blog, that means you’ll hopefully get more of the posts you’ve enjoyed, on a consistent, though different, basis. I’ll strive to post 3-4 times a week at minimum. Hopefully Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I am loving the conversations on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and will try to hang out in one or more of those places for a bit each day. If you’re on Instagram, I take and share lots of pictures throughout our day, and while they post to Facebook, too, with their new algorithm, you may not be seeing them.

Throughout the months of January and February, I’ll be sprinkling in some guest posts from friends around the country to help ease us back in as the household gets used to Baby K4, whom we’re hoping to meet very soon. I hope you’ll welcome these wonderful writers and that you’ll be blessed by what they have to say and share. {On that note – if any of you have a post idea you’d love to see shared on Raising Lifelong Learners, get in touch with me through the contact form. Even if you’re not typically a blogger, but have a unique perspective on homeschooling or parenting a gifted child, or on another relevant topic, I’d love to chat with you about it.}

All in all, I’m so excited about stepping into the world of SIMPLIFICATION… cutting back, staying in, playing games, and enjoying my family. And I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you.

Be blessed this year,

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Colleen Kessler

Colleen is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is a sought-after national speaker and educational consultant, and is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. She lives in northeast Ohio with her four bright and quirky kiddos, patient husband, and ever-changing collection of small reptiles, mammals, and insects.