If I chose to focus on the perceived negative, I failed my challenge. I have not finished the book. However, I choose to focus on the positive. There are 16 chapters in Flourish, and I am a mere five pages from completing Chapter 15, Home Business; the magic morsel that I had been searching for when I began this personal challenge. I did get a little more than I bargained for. Once I received my book in the mail from Apologia, and I read the first chapter, I was hooked. What I didn't realize was that Mary Jo Tate would call on me to take some action on my own behalf. At the end of each chapter Mary Jo a page titled Take Action! I was a little nervous when I saw that first action step at the end of Chapter One. However, I would not be so easily discouraged. I grabbed a blank composition book from our homeschool cupboard and got to work.
The first Take Action! step was basically a review session for me. See, I have been really working on self-reflection and have really been taking the time I need to evaluate where I am as an individual, where we are as a family, and where we stand as entrepreneurs. I have been doing a bit of the dirty work already, so the first step didn't throw me any real curve balls. The one glaring thing that did stand out to me though is that I do not have ANY written goals. NONE! I, the constant goal setter, had somehow allowed the waves of life to grab hold tight and beat me against the shore, over and over again. Somehow, I have managed to lose my footing and stop doing something I consider completely essential to a successful life. I have NO written goals for myself. I have NO written goals for my family. I have NO written goals for my homeschool. I have NO written goals for our business. ZIP. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA. This, thanks to Mary Jo Tate, will soon be remedied.
I have worked myself through each chapter so far diligently working on each and every Take Action! step at the end of each and every chapter. I even completely read the chapter on single parents. If you are not a single-parent this chapter is still for you. Mary Jo does a wonderful job giving insight to both the single-parent that has made the commitment to homeschool her children as well as homeschoolers like me who have the benefit of a supportive husband. She provides Take Action! steps for both groups of people as well. I appreciate the wise quotes throughout the book as well as the personal input from real-life individuals in the trenches today, especially in this chapter. The single-parent led homeschool family can easily slip through the social cracks, so to speak, and there is great advice given here that both empowers the single-parent as well as equips the traditional homeschool family to be both empathetic and supportive.