New year, new things to try

New year, new beginnings.  Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2018, starting off as cold and blustery, even in the South.

New year, new resolutions?

Resolutions can be a bit daunting, to say the least.  Thinking about a commitment for an entire year is a bit overwhelming in these early days of January.

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Cynthia cheering the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the 2017 Belk Bowl, with Bill and their son.

But we found an idea in our youngest son’s homework for this week.

One of his teachers provided students with a selection of TED talks on various subjects, from creativity to what makes a word real?

We listened to the one that spoke to us, in these days of new beginnings of the new year:  Try Something New for Thirty Days, by Matt Cutts.  Thirty days sounds less intimidating than the entire year, and if we can form the habit in thirty days, well, then, maybe the year will work out too.

Check it out and see what you think.

Bill and Cynthia’s niece recently started a meditation practice and uses Insight Timer.

Cynthia is giving it a try, and is going for five quiet minutes of mindfulness every day for thirty days.  Here’s hoping for a tranquil mind to address the challenges of 2018!

New year, new travel plans

new yearWith the beginning of 2018, we are also starting to think about travel plans for the summer.

One of our favorite books to use is National Geographic’s One Hundred Places that can Change your Child’s Life, by Keith Bellows.

We have found the ideas inspiring and the age-appropriate planning ideas helpful time-savers in our own planning efforts.  We hope you enjoy them too!

If you would like to help your child gain confidence and skills in this new year, give us a call.  We’d love to hear your story.  And our consultations are always free!



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