Last year during my annual “let’s get organized” New Year pilgrimage to Staples, I purchased two colorful binders and two packets of monthly dividers. One is used for keeping track of household bills (not too exciting but it works for me) and the other, which I absolutely treasure, is filled with seasonally-based activities and inspiration.
The content for my monthly inspiration binder comes from a number of sources:
- Monthly guides from Little Acorn Learning (pictured above)
- Seasonally-based recipes collected online, in magazines, newspapers etc.
- Letters sent home from Lily’s wonderful Waldorf-inspired nursery school, which always include seasonal rhymes, recipes, field trip ideas, and beautiful reflections
- Ideas/activities clipped out of Family Fun Magazine
- Activities/recipes from Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions, Full Moon Feast, and my (many!) other seasonally-based books!
I don’t attempt to do all of the activities I’ve collected for each month, but I enjoy browsing through the the binder and choosing one or two activities or recipes to try. Or sometimes just pausing to bask in the energy of that particular month/season is satisfying enough and the activities get tucked back into the binder for next year.
I’m going to sign off again until next week. We’ve got big plans (okay not really but I’m very much looking forward to our small plans) for celebrating New Year’s Eve. And then I will be heading off for an overnight retreat (read about my first overnight retreat here) where I look forward to spending some time reflecting on the past year and dreaming about wonderful things that are to come in the 2009 — including my first workshop, “return to center: a mini-retreat for mothers” on January 24, and a combination beer-tasting/partner yoga class that I will be co-leading with John in February!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. I’ll see you next year! (I always got such a kick out of saying that when I was a kid — and ummmm…apparently I still do! ;-)