Reading Intentions For 2024 (plus a few more for life in general)

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I love January. In addition to a new calendar year, my birthday is at the beginning of the month, and I just feel this huge renewal of energy to take care of myself and my life. I used to feel pressure to know exactly what my resolutions were when the clock ticked to midnight on January 1st. In the last few years, though, I’ve started to use the month of January to slowly reflect on and set reading intentions for 2024 – and a few more for my life in general.

This year, my intentions all revolve around community and connection. These are two values that I hold deeply, but I don’t always act on, and this year, I want to act on them to bring more joy to my life and my family’s life.

Do you set any intentions for the year? If you do, what are your intentions for 2024?

Reading Intentions for 2024

Community and connection for The Connected Reader

Community and connection is the whole reason I started The Connected Reader. Books have been a lifeline for me and connected me to myself, to friends, and to my children – and I know that’s true for so many other women. In 2024, I want to create more opportunities for our community to connect about books on the blog and Instagram through The Connected Reader Read Along.

Little E and J read alouds

I have this mom guilt I carry around: I enjoy reading chapter books aloud with older children more than reading board books and picture books with younger children. My older child and I have really hit our reading stride now that she is a third-grader and we can share some of the middle grade books I’ve loved over the years. But I remember we started around age four, reading a chapter book series like Zoey and Sassafras, Mia Mayhem, and Mercy Watson. Now that my younger children are 4, I want to start this chapter book read aloud tradition with them.

A Few Other Intentions for 2024

Second Sundays with friends

We have a great group of friends locally who we see two or three times a  year and every time we get together we say, “Why don’t we do this more often?” I know, it’s not that hard, but somehow it is. Last week, I texted everyone and declared 2024 the year we have a standing date the second Sunday of the month. It’s on the calendar, it’s low key, and I’m looking forward to it.

Big E’s friends and our local village

As my older daughter, Big E, enters tweenhood and middle school is on the horizon, it is important to us to support her friendships and to build our village of families in our local community. Big E has several girlfriends at school that she loves and we’ve started to connect with them and their families more outside of school for park play dates and dinner together at the local pizza place. I’m committed to continue making this happen at least once a month in 2024.

1-on-1 time

 I feel like lately, I’m either with my entire family or I’m alone because those are the two modes that are easiest to manage logistically. In 2024, I want to have more 1-on-1 time each month with important people in my life. I’m starting with a consistent date night for me and my husband. Then I’d like to do a catch up with a local friend; recently, a friend – who I hadn’t seen for most of 2023 – and I had a 3 hour dinner the other night and it was lifegiving. And finally, I want to plan for either my husband or I to have individual time with each child once a month. Nothing fancy – could even be just running an errand together – but I’ve found that for the younger two, especially, we very rarely have individual time with them.

My teeth

Y’all. I know you may read that heading and be like, wait, what? I just haven’t taken very good care of my teeth the last few years. I go to the dentist, but then I don’t follow through anything they tell me to. I go to sleep without brushing my teeth. I don’t floss. I lost my mouthguard to protect from teeth grinding and never replaced it. It’s just one of those things for myself that I’ve let slip, and I feel self-conscious about the damage that I’ve done to my teeth. This year, I want to connect with myself by being consistent in caring for my teeth. I also want to get clear on my options and plan for repairing them.

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Aunt Nini · January 16, 2024 at 12:51 am

I love all of this!! I support you 💯💯💯

Gaby · March 11, 2024 at 2:30 am

Thank you for sharing your intentions! It makes me want to do the same with certain things I need to do.

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