Monday, January 16, 2012

A word for the New Year!

It seems that nowadays everyone has a word that they pick for the New Year. A word that represents them or a word that they choose to live by. It's a different word every year. I think that this year I will follow along. My word for this year I choose is to "be present".  I think it is a fitting word for me. A word that I definitely want to live  by.

I want to be present in everything I do. It is sort of like a mini-resolution but it is in all just a "word".
But a word that means something. This year I'm choosing to be present.

To be present when my children talk to me, to stop and look them in the eye, to really listen, not make dinner or open the mail.

To be present with my little one, to sit and play puzzles with her, or color and not catch up on my emails or be in another place thinking of my to-do list.

To be present with my husband, to sit on the couch with him at night and snuggle, or just watch TV, not surfing the Internet or catch up on my reading.

To be present with my family, to take the time to sit and listen, to listen what they are saying, not rushing them off the phone to move on to the next task at hand.

To be present in all I do in my life, not multitask with everything like us moms have been so accustomed to do. To really be present whether it is doing laundry or washing dishes, just to be present in the moment and take it all in!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year!

A New Year is upon us! I particularly love this time of year! I feel like it is a fresh start for all. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are behind us and now we can focus on the new year ahead. I was once one of those people come January 1st would conjure up all my resolutions for the upcoming year. I would excitedly write them all down and get to work! I would have the usual, eat better, exercise more, spend more quality time with my husband and kids....

But you know what, the past few years I have decided to approach the upcoming year differently. Oh I still have my resolutions but let's just say I don't call them resolutions me they are more like small intentions to make me feel better about my health, life.  Of course we all want to eat better, exercise more, spend more time with our family etc...

So, they really are just intentions to be a better person for myself. Those are things I should be doing already, right??
Honestly, for years those were my same resolutions. It's not like I never accomplished them. I did try to eat better and exercise more and spend more quality time with my family. Some years were better than others.

But I feel like a resolution is a WILL to change, a determination to resolve to do something different.... So this year what do I want to change? What do I want to do differently than I have done in the past?

I'm going to take some time and really focus on myself, my life and my future. What is it that I want to work on.....Got a whole new year to work on it!!