And here I present to you my Year-End Review:
THE PAST YEAR
How have you spent your time?
I have spent the majority of my time taking care of The Babes
- Meeting their basic needs.
- Molding their young minds into kind-hearted human beings. (Oooh, that sounds simple, but those on the front lines of motherhood know that this is no easy task. If it was, therapists would be out of business).
|You know what's so great about this?|
I didn't even ask them to pose.
|Marie had just fallen off the broom and |
wanted to be sure Thomas didn't.
|Playing alone. Without me to moderate.|
- Thank you much, Mommy Wants Vodka and your concept of Bringing Aunt Becky Back. You have helped me brush the dust off and wipe the sleep from my eyes. And guess what? I am still here. Different, but here.
- For my Babes and all they have taught me about being a good person.
- Writing and blogging. It has done wonders for my self-confidence. Also all the wonderful people I have connected with, all by putting myself out there.
There has been a lot of disappointment surrounding some of my personal relationships.
- “No” is a powerful word. And sadly, some “relationships” cannot withstand “no.”
- Some relationships were not what they appeared to be.
- When I was busy pouring myself into certain relationships, I failed to notice I was the only one showing up.
Sad? Yes, I have cried buckets. However, it is . . . freeing, you know, not to feel drained.
- Eat Pray Love moved me (The book, not the movie . . . although the scenery in the movie was beautiful). . Have you ever read something and felt like someone took the words right out of your head and displayed them elegantly on the pages for you to read? This was that book for me. Minus the divorce and travel.
- Also Princess and the Frog. (I can hear your snickers, you know.) The message of balance between career and personal life is priceless. Also, The Babes and I bonded over the CD (especially on the trip to BlogHer10). And Thomas insists that I sing “Down in New Orleans.” Every night. At LEAST three times before I put him in his crib.
How are you different from the way you were a year ago?
- I understand me better.
- Better understanding of my personal boundaries and limits.
- More confident as a mother.
- Definitely understand the importance of fueling up my tank with healthy things that make me feel good, like writing, yoga, and exercising. I used to look at these things as a luxury, but now a necessity.
- Honor my personal boundaries and limits.
- Not feel guilty when I make a choice in the best interest of my family, and someone does not like it.
This is hard. I think it all boils down to quieting the external noise and focusing on my instincts. And when people are not happy (especially when they hear the word “no”), they make a. lot. of. noise. But those instincts of mine? Rarely wrong.
- Yes. See above about personal relationships. I am pretty sure that if I stopped forcing certain relationships to be what I thought they were, I would eventually be happier.
- And everything is better when I am happy.
What do you want to focus on in the coming year?
- Be the best mother I can be.
- More date nights with Harrington.
- Keep on writing and blogging.
- More yoga.
- Focusing on the healthy relationships.
- Find more like-minded people who share my values.
So, Friends, where have you been in 2010? Where are you going?