A Simple New Year

There’s absolutely no judgement here if you brought in the new year with a bang. Unless you’re my neighbors who scared my five-year-old awake four different times starting at approximately 9:27 pm.

I love watching other people ring in the new year with glitz and glam, champagne and change.

But that never feels quite right to me.

I’ve never been big on the whole “new year, new me” concept. Probably because I suck at setting goals, and also because as a teacher, I do the whole “new year, new me” thing in August, not January. It’s weird to reset halfway through my year.

So I don’t.

And it’s OK if you don’t either.

We did sit down and do our last family hug 2022 before putting our kiddos to bed. We also asked them what they wanted to do in 2023.

Squish, the 1-year-old, said, “ice kweem”–which is absolutely the correct answer.

HP, our Kindergartner, said, “Read 1000 books, go to China, and play my iPad”. We refined and finessed that to:

  • Read a lot.
  • Travel.
  • Play more.

My husband and I also both re-committed to the idea of outsourcing. (I don’t do a word of the year, but if I did, I think that would be it!)

Truthfully, we want to make room for more of the same: time with family, time with friends. Opportunities to simplify, opportunities to slow down.

That doesn’t mean that we won’t accomplish big things or make important money moves. It just means that we’re saying no to adding anything else to our already full plates by putting pressure our our little family to start the year with a bang.

Instead, we’ll start the year at the same pace that a family with two little kids typically moves at–and we’ll allow ourselves to savor the slower, simpler, and somehow still chaotic pace.

So Tell Me…How do you feel about the new year? Wishing you lots of what you hope for in 2023!


  1. I missed your writing!! Honestly, I’m very confused about where we are at financially and what our goals should be. So I think after years of obsessing over it, we are just going to do what makes sense for our family this year. Wishing you the best 2023!!!

  2. Happy New Year!
    I’m hoping 2023 is smooth sailing with minor bumps along the way. This year organization, motivation, and networking are on my radar.

  3. I feel anticipation and anxiety about 2023. Still need to repair hurricane damage, but then I get to list my home for sale and see what potential buyers think of the upgrades we’ve made and the general condition of the house make it worth… Fortunately I have a lot of equity from 16+ years of paying down the mortgage, but it sure would be nice to get top dollar for all of the hassle.

    I like HP’s (and your smoothing) goals though! I can definitely get behind similar ones myself 🙂

  4. I spent mine reading, contemplating, meditating, visualising, and messaging my BFF who’s two hours behind me 🙂

    So done with the pressure to make a big deal out of birthdays, Xmas, NYE etc.

  5. I’m with Squish on this one. I bought an ice cream maker as a family gift this year. It is a lot of fun. I’ll be interested to see the effect on our clothing budget 🙂

    As always, I do enjoy your voice. You are always a pleasure to read.

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