If something's really important to me, I'll make it happen no matter when it comes up, and if it's not (think: all those times I joined a gym), starting on Jan. 1 doesn't help me keep up with it!
That said, I'm pretty big on planning and goal-setting, and in our family, we often spend the weeks around Christmas and New Year's talking about what we want to do and see and accomplish.
Loosely around the time we "started" this school year, Sarah made a list of some things she wanted to learn about and places she wanted to visit.
In good news, we've already visited two of the places on her "trip list" - the beach, in October, and Jim Thorpe, in late November.
The sad thing is, there have been plenty of chances for us to visit some of the more local destinations, but we just haven't planned ahead quite well enough.
In the past week or so, we sat down and decided to put some dates in writing and try to hold ourselves to them as much as possible so that we can visit more of the places we'd like to go.
Around the same time, I received a set of two HUGE wall calendars to review, and my very smart husband said, "Let's put some trip dates on one!"
Winner! Here's a look at how it's shaping up so far.
The calendar is called "Seize the Year," and it's from a startup company called NeuYear.
I don't do many product reviews, but office supplies? Yeah, I can't pass those up. And while I wasn't sure what to expect, it's pretty cool.
These are BIG - 27" by 39" - and you can use them in either horizontal or vertical orientation, as they're printed one way on the front and the other on the back.
The part I like best is the "no-gap" style. I really hate the month-to-month style of most calendars, even online ones like Google Calendar. I want to see the four weeks ahead, not the "two weeks ahead if it's the second week of the month, one week ahead if it's the third week of the month and only half of this week if next month starts Wednesday" approach.
The Seize the Year calendar normally sells for $30, but if you enter the code "OurSchoolatHome" when you order here before Jan. 15, 2013, you'll get 30% off.
We also were lucky enough to host a giveaway for one - that's now been drawn, and many congrats to our winner, Rebecca R. of Raventhreads!