Another great hat I wear in life is that of Aunt Ally. Holiday gatherings are a favorite for me as we get to spend time with my nephews and niece (13 of them total). Any time a group gathers, I try to encourage thinking creatively about how we celebrate strengths and see the good.
Pinterest makes creativity easy, and I am sharing an idea found from the awesome website 30 Handmade Days. Be sure to check it out for additional ideas for crafts and fun for your mentoring time. This is a worksheet we completed at the kitchen table and we then placed it inside a decorated mason jar. The jar will be collecting our "favorite moments of the year" throughout 2014 to keep us focused on the "best" and "silliest" parts of our weeks. Next year, we will all bring our jars back and read about the great things that happened in 2014.
I will be taking this worksheet and the idea of the jar to my mentee next week when school resumes. I look forward to talking about all we learned in 2013, and all we are excited about in the new year. Although we won't be able to keep a jar at school, we do have a journal there that we often write in. I think this will be a great place to keep a few notes of the good.
Happy New Year - CELEBRATE YOU!