2011 was a fabulous year for me and my family. We reached many goals, were humbled and gained a deeper love and appreciation for each other. I honestly feel that not buying anything new was a deep and important part of that.
Over the last few months I've been thinking about my goals for 2012. I've really enjoyed having one big, year long goal. For me it is easier to be consistent and maintain if I have one goal to bring into all parts of my life. Through the letter below I would like to introduce you to the theme of 2012 and give you some other very exciting news!
My dear friend Alissa,
I hope you are happy and healthy in the farmlands out west. I am so excited to have you contributing to my blog! I know you will only enhance and strengthen Candied Apples. Welcome.
I am excited that you live on a farm in the mountains and have a way of life that is so different than mine. I can't wait to see all your projects, ideas and thoughts. You bring the Apple of the country and I bring the sweet Candied aspect from the city making the perfect treat.
Since 2012 is upon us it is time to announce our theme for the year! This is a very broad and important theme and I want to give it as much emphasis and as I can.
Our theme in 2012 is Service.
Thomas S. Monson said: "Life is perfect for none of us. Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life."
I want to bring service into all aspects of my life. Sewing, crafting, mothering, wifely-hood, friendships and interactions with strangers. We can make the world a nicer place to live for so many.
Please join us in this very worthwhile challenge. Put a little more service in your 2012. Each week we will present a challenge and will follow up so you know how we accomplished the weekly goal. We also want to hear from you! Please share your experiences. We would love to have this become a sounding board for ideas and support for others.