It’s easy to want to look back and recount the year. How many accomplishments or trips or injuries or performances were there? Who did we see and what did we do? And it’s almost as easy to imagine what the next year will hold for us. But why? What amount of remembering or fortune telling changes how we are doing right now?

I admit that I do enjoy looking back at photos and videos, but what I really need to focus on are the people in front of me, now—and this includes me. I’m sure this next year will be full of joy and heartache and everything in between and I want to do my best to accept it all as it’s happening. In work and play, I want to be as present as I can so I can enjoy our life and help teach our girls that being present, now, is really the most important thing.