Well.. For those who’ve read my writings and followed me for a while will know that I’m not the type for New Year’s resolutions. I find it a little corny as many I know who make them, ended up losing it within the 1st quarter of the year.
I believe in goals with a slightly flexible time frame that turns into journeys. I can make them any time I want, any month of the year and execute them as I see fit. I have been making goals since I could remember having memories. Literally as a little girl. One of my earliest memory of my goal was wanting to be on stage and winning a story telling competition. I did it at 6 yrs old.
Somehow since turning 40, my heart has had a little change. Maybe I’m getting soft? Wanting to join the crowd rather than beating my own path? I don’t know. Anyhow I thought 2016 would be a great year nonetheless. I feel it ‘in my bones’ that my life’s success will just keep on riding and so.. Why the heck not make a resolution list for the fun of it.
This year we had a quiet New Year’s Eve dinner compared to years past. We didn’t feel like going out partying and the people we were supposed to join up with had a last minute urgent issue to attend to. Eschewing hiring a babysitter for the night, we decided to organise a restaurant style menu, the husband and I, and just cuddle on the sofa all 6 of us while ringing in the new year. We made steamed lobster tails with lemon and herb butter sauce (my 1st time and I have to say, I did a good job! 😉) and pan fried then oven roasted Gressingham duck breasts with my special thick orange sauce. For the parents, there was also duck liver on the side. Served with simple pan steamed tenderstems of broccolis.
The eldest daughter wanted beef so she got Beef Wellington.
It was during our (quite late) dinner that I hit upon my resolution idea and wanted to rope the family in on it as an impromptu ‘game’. This was after all the fun of popping the poppers and playing with all the crackers games.
When I first asked everyone my question, the girls groaned thinking their mummy is being so naff. I persevered anyway and told them they have a few minutes to think about it as we enjoyed our delicious meal.
My questions were:
I guess everything new needs a little getting used to so I told everyone it has to come from the heart and laugh at their answer if they want to. I turned to the husband and winked at him, “Since you’re the man of the house, you have the honour of going first!”
His answers were:
I absolutely loved hearing his goals and how fast he got into the swing of things. Or my ‘silly dinner game’ as they first thought.
So now it’s my turn to share with them. And with all my readers and followers as it may be the case here:
We also heard our 2 eldest girls 3 goals. Now we know what they really want to and how we can help them achieve it. It was very interesting to hear how different those 2 girls goals were yet the family ones were similar. So now I’ve put it out there. You can grill me, ask me, share with me.
My question for you, would you try this game with your own family? If you do, I’d love to hear from you and what your children’s answer will be. And maybe even yours too! 🙂