The Family

The Family

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Starting the New Year Right

"Cheers to another year and another chance for us to get it right."
                                                 -Oprah Winfrey
While the past few days have found my little ones under the weather, which isn't exactly how I'd hoped to begin 2014, I've been focusing on the positives so far.

We had good friends over on New Year's Eve to share food, drink and laughs.

We eagerly await Monday night when our team will play in the biggest game in college football.

And I'm starting the new year by turning once again to one of my favorites: Sally Clarkson.

I love Sally because she not only encourages moms, but helps inspire them to focus on the meaningful priorities. I'm reminded of this again reading her newest book "10 Gifts of Wisdom."  For as well Sally knows, it is the heart that matters most - both in my children and myself.

Instead of focusing on to-do lists and accomplishments, Sally inspires moms to focus on gentleness, truth, beauty, goodness and wisdom.

Sally is the mom of four adult children, and one of the things I love most about her is how she still focuses on being a mom. It's so encouraging in a world where so many women of her age focus more on living their own lives now that their children are grown. It amazes me how this focus and dedication to her children, both when they were young and now as adults (though many of them live in different cities) ultimately enables her to live the life she craves and desires. I think it is because of this that she is able to connect with many moms of young children. She's a true testament to what a woman should strive to be throughout her life.

I'm also re-reading a book she co-authored with her husband, Clay, called "Educating the Whole-Hearted Child."

Both of these books inspire those of us idealist-moms about who we hope to be to our children, the homes we try to create for them and the lives we lead.

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