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Fanatic News Flash – January 2020

A fresh start. A clean slate. A time of review and renewal. That’s what a new year is to me, and that’s why I love it so much! Of course, I can’t start the new year without heading to my hometown to see the Oriental Dragon Run. Although the spectacle lasts less than 20 minutes, I wouldn’t miss it!

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Looking ahead to 2020, my word of the year is TRIM. It’s actually an acronym that stands for Train, Revitalize, Influence, and Minimize. I will be looking forward to giving you updates from time to time on how that’s going. As for now, we eased back into a full week of school, and I wrote my first crew review of 2020. If you’re looking to freshen things up in your homeschool, add an elective or two, have access to a huge video library, and so much more, you need to grab a subscription to They’re having a great sale this month and it’s worth every penny!

A Year of Books

One of my goals is not only to read more but read more of a variety of books. I’m starting the year with a book my sister loaned to me, Where The Crawdads Sing. I don’t read much for entertainment, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I also have started The Minimalist Home. I hope this book gives me direction on how to permanently clear the clutter, and have a more productive life.

A book that I’m reading with the kids is the classic story of White Fang by Jack London. It is one of several from the Usborne Illustrated Classics series that are complete and unabridged. Speaking of Usborne, this year marks 10 years that I have been a consultant. Expect to see more book reviews, contests, and prizes as I look to further promote literacy in my community and online in 2020. Be sure to find me on Facebook, that is where I share the most as well as the blog.

Finally, I’m very excited for a group of ladies who have joined me in a book club, The Organized Homeschool Life. We went through this last year, but I was more of an “announcer” than a “do-er”. Approaching it differently this time, I plan to nail one or two challenges each month. Before, I was tossing around the ideas in my head and not putting them into practice. If you’d like to join me, I’d love to have you – we’re just at the beginning!

A Year of Action

All these big ideas I have running through my mind mean nothing if I don’t act on them. I have scads of cookbooks with recipes I’ve never tried, I have a handful of board games that have never been played, a pedometer that I don’t use, and Pinterest boards full of things I’d like to try. May I strive to make this year a year of action.

I’ve said it before about how the time seems to go so much faster when your kids become teenagers. Although they need their space, as do I, I don’t want to miss those opportunities that I have right now. Most of the time, I’m more of the “fun mom”. While I definitely want to keep things fun, I need to remember to work on guiding and training. It won’t be long before they are an employee or have a friend of the opposite sex. (I can’t believe I just typed that, but it’s a fact). The reality is the “real world” is closer than it has ever been before.

What kind of goals have you set for the new year? I love hearing from other homeschooling families!

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