chalkboard wall. january. new year.

Say what? 2014? Remember the old days when that felt like a year when we would be flying cars and using hovercraft to sail around town? A new year. A new January. A chance to reflect. Revisit. Or better yet, set a goal for yourself.

Now, I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Not sure why. I think I’d rather think about a {goal} rather than finding something I want to {resolve}. I like to think of it as working on improving something in my life. Isn’t that what a goal is all about?

For this month, cheers to a new year {welcome 2014!} and our own family twist on a New Year’s resolution.

Our January chalkboard wall. A place where we celebrate the first of the year and settle on our {Family Mission Statement}. What better way to start the year?


The theme for this month? Our family mission statement.

Truth. This has been on our list since last summer. We finally set aside time {some serious hours in the car this holiday season} to decide together as a family what we wanted our family mission statement to be. And, what better way to start the year and develop a statement that guides our family through the twelve months of 2014?

A mission statement has been on my heart for months and I felt like January was the perfect time to really align our values, goals and the type of family we want to be known for. And, our kids are now at an age where we can have these discussions and really talk about who we are as a family.

The result. What you see below. A statement that we can continually come back to when we are having our good days or those days when we are feeling a little more tested than usual. A talking point with our kids. A moral standard to hold ourselves to. A  statement about our family of five.


Mind you, we stretched this over a number of days and conversations. Our kids were bouncing off the walls at times and they came up with some pretty funny things. But all in all, the time spent on this was priceless. The best.

If you are interested in doing your own mission statement look for a post about it later this week. I will share some templates that you can use with your own family. I promise, you won’t regret it for a moment.

chalkboard jan

May your January be full of new goals for the year and maybe a chance to think about a mission statement for your own family. A big cheers to a new year.

try. enjoy. share.

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{If you missed it, learn how you can make your own {DIY Chalkboard and Magnetic Wall}. Take a quick peek {here} to find out just how easy it is to transform an empty space into something that will make you smile.}

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