Here it is–my 3rd blogiversary (blog-anniversary) post! I am in awe that I’ve been at this game for three years now and still love it. In true blogiversary fashion, I choose my theme based on a song that goes along with my goals for the year…so enjoy this throw-back to the 80s! Check out my first and second blogiversary posts.
So, what does this theme have to do with my blog, you may ask? Well, I have a lot of reflection time while nursing at night and what’s been going on in my life lately…having two kids, a hard-working husband, a growing blog, and trying to balance it all. I know I can’t do it all, which kills me, and am slowly trying to go with the flow and ‘let go and let God.’ I’m done putting pressure on myself with what has to be done and have come up with a few mantras to help get me through.
I’m not totally sure how it will all turn out, but I have a feeling I’m headed on the right path. I want this year to be fun and light-hearted. I want to make sure I live it to the fullest while at the same time doing what I love. I want to work on changing my attitude in order to help change my day-to-day life. I know a lot can happen when you focus on mind over matter, so I want that to come into play in my every day thoughts and actions.
Mantra #1: Always with Love
This is a mantra I want to try to always remember whenever I go into a situation, especially when it comes to dealing with the girls. It’s so easy to get upset and react instead of stepping back, taking a deep breath, then speaking with love. That doesn’t mean I will always keep my cool but I want to show love to my kids instead saying things I will later regret. I came across a post from the Hands Free Mama, called the 3-Second Pause that has inspired me to stop and think before I react.
Mantra #2: Laugh Every Day
I have a friend (and tennis partner) from high school to thank for this mantra. She is a busy mama with baby #6 on the way, a cute blog and a great outlook on life. I like the name of her blog (Silly Mommy) because it gets me to thinking that I need to be silly more. When Emma was little I felt like I was more carefree and fun to be around. Lately, I feel beat down and not very much fun.
There are so many moments where I should have laughed at a situation instead of let it stress me out…like when I found Emma (4) in the bathroom peeing through her panties and draw-string shorts because she thought she couldn’t pull them off. Then, after getting her and the pee cleaned up, I find Sophia (11 months) dunking her hands in the toilet! Oy vey! I thought I was going to lose it. It wasn’t until I told Josh the story and he cracked up, thanking me for the visual and breaking up the craziness in his hectic day that I began to realize how funny it was.
I also should have laughed when a bare-bottomed Sophia peed on the couch cushion (it reminded me of Bruce Almighty)…what did I expect to happen with her walking around without a diaper on?!
I want to start my day with the mindset that it will be a great day (even though it may not be) and that I WILL LAUGH at some point. As a parent, there always seems to be something that you will shake your head at but tell yourself you will probably look back and laugh when they get older.
Mantra #3: Let It Go
Yes, I went there. When you have a child who is obsessed with a song and you hear it every.single.day, it eventually sticks and you find yourself saying it in various situations. Maybe since I do hear the song a thousand times a day, I can’t help thinking there’s some merit to those three little words.
What if we all tried to tell ourselves to let it go? Your day not going your way…let it go and embrace what comes. The house is a wreck and chores keep piling up…let it go and enjoy the time with your kids. Maybe it’s time to stop ‘sweating the small stuff’ and enjoy the blessings that are all around you.
Mantra #4: Keep It Real
Do you ever get so overwhelmed by everything you want to do/think you can do, that sometimes you need be just real with yourself? This idea came to me as a series of posts after a particularly disastrous holiday season with my baking (which does not happen!). I thought it might be good to show you what really goes on in my ‘crunchy’ world. It will be little things like still owning plastic, not eating Paleo 100% of the time, and not being able to balance and do it all. Maybe it will give you a little sigh of relief to think what you see on the internet isn’t what goes on behind closed doors.
Mantra #5: Live In the Moment (Be Present)
Sometimes it’s easy, especially as a parent, to focus on what still has to be done instead of really being present. There are so many times when I’m thinking about ALL the chores I have to do, along with cooking every meal that I tend to miss out the little things. My goal is stop what I’m doing and pretend to be Elsa, Anna, Olaf, a dragon, Santa or any other character Emma wants me to be, and really be there with her. It’s so easy to say ‘just a minute’ to a child and then never follow-up. I want to relish the time I have with my girls before they grow up and don’t want to pretend with me anymore.
What about you? Do you have any goals or mantras for the New Year? Maybe one of these struck a chord with you and you want to implement it in your home. I think it’s good to always be growing as a person and to stop letting negativity weasel its way into our lives.
Go on and get your New Attitude!
Note: Photo from here.