Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Yet another resolutions post ....

Welcome to the first edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama!

In the month of January, we start afresh, a new year, new ideas. Hence, our participants have looked into the topic of “Birth and New Beginnings”. Take a look at the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants.


Welcome to my first post for the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival.

January is the month where we start afresh, take the plunge again and leave the old. What are your new year's resolutions?

Well, you might be forgiven for thinking one of my resolutions is, mostly, to do stuff (such as making resolutions) weeks after everyone else. This is probably a little bit true (I've got two kids and my time-management skills are variable), and even though I’ve been reading Leo Babauta’s Effortless Life and blog-posts on goal-free living, I still can’t help but compile a mental list of all the things I am going to do, improve, achieve, perfect and complete in 2012.

There's not too much. It's certainly not overwhelming. Eminently 'do-able', I'd say (except I won't ever say 'do-able' because it's a silly word). 

In no particular order: lose the last 20 (ok, 30) lbs of stubborn baby weight, do yoga and pilates every day, save lots of money and live well within my means, eat well, go to bed early every night, read all of the unread books on my book shelves and on my Kindle, maybe write a few more myself too, write more articles, develop a children's book series, declutter the house, live more sustainably, be kind to everyone all of the time, be better at keeping in touch with friends, finish all of the tasks in my sewing pile, start up two or three new businesses based around ideas I've been toying with, walk everywhere instead of taking the car, never let the kids eat too many sweets, switch off the tv more often, meditate regularly, and be a beatifically calm paragon of zen parenting at all times and under all circumstances.

Easy, no?

Ok, I probably won't manage to tick every single one of those off my mental checklist (I'll probably have to use the car sometimes), so, in the interests of manageability, I'm narrowing it down to these:
  • Complete and publish a children's book 
  • Be nice 
'Be nice' may only be two little words, but it is by far the bigger undertaking. It encompasses every aspect of my mindful intentions, and for someone with a short fuse (me!) it isn't going to be easy.  But that's kind of the whole reason I started this blog.

Happy New Year, everyone

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  1. Ah, the expectations we mothers put on ourselves are something else, aren't they? I can relate to your first list, but I like the simplified version better. Good luck on the children's book! I hope to see the finished product :)

  2. Love the two different lists! The "be nice" is fantastic - and I hope you get your book done.

  3. I am excited to have been introduced to your blog through this carnival! Seems like we have some things in common.

    I have been thinking about a children's book series for years, but just this week (yesterday in fact) I had a conversation with my husband where it was clear to me this is something I need to do. ...... I just have no idea how to do that. How does one get a book published? I guess you know a lot more about that than I do, obviously.

    Being nice is so simple and lofty a goal, isn't it? It's definitely one I am working on. I figure, the more I "be nice" to my daughter (hence my resolutions) the better I will be with my husband and everyone else. I just feel such a gap, sometimes, between who I am being and who I know I am inside. Le's all a work in progress.

    I look forward to seeing more carnival posts from you and will check out the rest of your blog and work.

    sheila : )

  4. Be nice sure is easier said that done is it not? Happy to have found you through the blog carnival. I peeked at some of your other posts and will be keeping an eye on your blog from now on! Thank you for sharing your goals and I do hope to see a book from you soon!

  5. I love both lists. I especially like reading all the unread books . . . ha! If your house is anything like mine, that would take a couple of lifetimes. And, yes, being nice . . . I did a post recently on wanting to be "nice" this year, as a writer, a blogger, a mommy. Especially online. The blogging world is often decidedly NOT nice. I made a goal to be supportive and positive when I interact with other writers and mommies . . . even if I can't see them through the screen.
    Going to poke around your blog a bit. I would "like" a FB page if you had one, but that doesn't seem to be the case? Perhaps I will follow on Twitter, although I must admit I don't really follow anything on Twitter because I still don't get it. But maybe I will try. I really should figure that out one day. Sigh.