So 2012 has come and gone, pretty fast I might add. And I can’t say that I’ve accomplished many of my goals from last year. But it has been a good year nonetheless. And I’m happy with how things are going. I’m very grateful for all that I have – Alhamdulillah.

But now that the New Year has come, as most people do this time of the year, I can reflect on my life and assess how things are going – assess and calibrate. For the first time, my wife and I have included the kids in planning our family goals. And if we achieve our goals, I think we should be rewarded for them, just to keep things interesting.

Here are some family goals we’ve decided:

  1. One family activity every other week: So far sledding at Fort Henry. Last week, we watched The Hobbit, and next week, we hope to go snow shoeing. I think, at some point, I’d like to take the kids skiing or snowboarding for the first time. That should be very exciting.
  2. Learn / Memorize one new surah every month: This month, the family will be learning al-Fil (suggested by Arman). I hope we can keep this up.
  3. Family Triathlon in Ottawa: If all goes well, the wife and kids will be participating at the Ottawa Early Bird Super Sprint Triathlon this May. I will be taking pictures/videos, and hopefully blog about it after.

In addition, the kids have the following goals:

  1. Read 2 books every month: This goal is more for Melur, since Arman can go through a book every 3-4 days, if he wants to. But we’re trying to encourage Melur to read more.
  2. Prepare for the Conservatory Canada Piano Examination: The kids will probably take the exam in early 2014, but this is the first time that they’ll be taking the exams, and should hopefully be a good experience and a good goal for them.

As a reward, if we are able to accomplish all these goals, we’ll organize a family vacation somewhere, probably for the winter break at the end of the year. Some options include a road trip to Orlando to see Hogwarts, or perhaps a ski trip to Vermont. We’ll see how things go.

Anyway, I’ll blog about my own personal goals separately. What do you guys think so far? Good goals? Or need more/different goals?

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