Posts Tagged "year to year"

Here we go…

Posted on Jan 1, 2011 in Featured | 2 comments

Here we go…

The PNE in Vancouver has a wooden rollercoaster that is close to 60 years old. I’m not a rollercoaster expert so maybe they all work this way but I thought it was pretty cool when I learned that this rollercoaster works entirely on gravity. The first hill is big and steep; the train is hauled up to the very top ever so slowly. It rounds the top curve and then hurtles down the slope below. From there, the ride just goes on it’s own by the grace of momentum and gravity with no mechanical help. I’ve had this unmistakable feeling in the last few weeks that my life is on a similar course right now as we wait for this third baby to arrive. The last few weeks, we’ve been getting ready for Christmas and Aaron’s birthday: organizing gifts, planning meals, cooking & baking. The year ahead has been pushed to the side but all the while I’ve had the underlying sense that we were all being firmly tugged up a long hill. And this frosty, sparkly morning, this first day of 2011, as we packed away all the Christmas decorations and wished each other Happy New Year, I felt the ride crest the hill. I find myself in that brief moment at the top, peering down the precipitous drop in front of us, giddy and terrified about the free fall that lies ahead. No turning back...

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Trust

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 in Featured, Simple Living | 7 comments

Trust

  My sister and I have a plan to live together again. When we moved in July 2008, we (Aaron and I) essentially put our son and my sister’s kids through a divorce. They had grown up together, almost like siblings. The adults almost like surrogate parents, not merely aunts and uncle. Then we moved 4 hours away from them. It is still a little heartbreaking when I think of the poor kids that summer. We started making a plan to be together again. The plan is pretty detailed; more than I will get into here, now. I used to call it The Pipe Dream but lately it has become The Potential Pipe Dream in my mind. How pathetic is that? It’s not just a dream, it’s an unrealistic dream? And not even that for sure, just potentially? My sister teases me about this, and I do see the humour in it; but, it’s indicative of my state of mind. I struggle with the feasibility of The Plan in general given our financial situation but also because it feels like The Plan will make some of my other dreams and goals impossible. I’ve begun to question what it is that I really want. What am I willing to sacrifice? Where can I compromise? What is most important to me? I’ve been feeling like I just don’t know. At the beginning of January, I wrote about my hopes for this year. I wrote that I hoped 2010 would be the year where I get clarity, where I would discover my VISION. I also started exploring Mondo Beyondo. I missed out on the registration for the January session but in March I’m planning to tackle the 5 week online course in DREAMING BIG. The website explains that the course is for anyone but the more outrageous the dream the better. I asked myself: “What is my most outrageous dream?” And you know what? I know the answer. I know exactly what I want to be doing in fifteen years. This was no general statement like “I want to retire” (which isn’t my dream, by the way). I know in explicit detail what my most outrageous dream is. Without a doubt. Thinking back to Christine Kane’s Word of the Year tool, I realised that maybe VISION isn’t really the word for this year. It’s not vision that I am lacking. It’s FAITH. The reason I am waffling on The Plan is because the part of me that is scared and doubtful doesn’t believe we can do it. Here we are: three weeks into the New Year and I’m already re-evaluating my Intentions. Sheesh. So then. This might be the year called Believe. The year called Trust. The year called Faith. I still don’t know how to make The Plan a reality. Breaking it all down into manageable, bite-size, achievable goals is going to take some time. But I do know the first step is to stop calling it The Potential Pipe Dream. The second step is to Trust. This post was written to participate in the Crafting My Life series at...

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To my babies: this year…

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 in Featured, Parenting | 14 comments

To my babies: this year…

  Welcome to the January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting resolutions! This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month we’re writing about how we want to parent differently — or the same — in the New Year. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. ******   Dear Rain and Noa This year, 2010, your fifth year and your second year with us, I resolve to: Let you help more and backseat drive less while you do Go for more walks Do my best to find the right place for you, Rain, to go to Kindergarten and Relax and give the school a chance once we make a decision Breastfeed you, Noa, until next New Year’s or as long as you’d like Shout less Spend less time on the computer during your waking hours Hold you in my arms and in my heart every day Wait and think before I react when you do something that upsets me Be patient about sleep and Continue to share the family bed with you Listen to you Never wish you were older but stay present with you right now today Take care of myself so I can be the Mama you deserve, so I can become the person you see in me Laugh more, play more, read more Teach by example and Follow your lead May 2010 be another year filled with togetherness. I look forward to learning more about you both every day. Much love, Mama   ****** Visit Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting! Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants: (All the links should be active by noon on Jan. 12. Go to Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama for the most recently updated list.) • To Yell or Not to Yell — The Adventures of Lactating Girl • It Is All About Empathy: Nurturing a Toddler’s Compassion Potential — Baby Dust Diaries • To my babies: this year… — BluebirdMama • Mindfully Loving My Children — Breastfeeding Moms Unite! • January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Resolutions — Code Name: Mama • Imperfect Mother — Consider Eden • Resolutions — Craphead (aka Mommy) • FC Mom’s Parenting Resolutions 2010 — FC Mom • What’s in a Resolution? — Happy Mothering • January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting resolutions — Hobo Mama • Natural Parenting Resolutions — Little Green Blog • This year, I will mostly… — Look Left of the Pleiades • Parenting Resolutions — The Mahogany Way • I Resolve to Breastfeed In Public More Often — mama2mama tips • Moving to Two Kids — Megna the Destroyer • Use Love — Momopoly • My parenting resolutions — Musings of a Milk Maker • Talkin’ ’bout My Resolutions — Navelgazing • Parenting Resolutions — One Starry Night • Invitations, not resolutions — Raising My Boychick • No more multitasking during kid time — The Recovering Procrastinator • I need to slow down, smell those roses AND the poopy diapers — Tales of a Kitchen Witch Momma • Resolutely Parenting in 2010 — This Is...

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Vision

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 in Featured | 3 comments

Vision

2010 is our time to turn our eyes to the future, to look ahead and figure out where the road might be leading. The word for 2010 is VISION. This is the year to find our feet, develop our vision and begin the task of building. We are in a unique position to carry forward the lessons in being present and being mindful from 2009 and place them in the context of what do we need to do today to make tomorrow a reality? This is going to be an exciting year, not because a lot of things will happen but because we will be able to see what is coming. The big rocks for 2010 are: Rain starts Kindergarten – where and what that looks like TBA Continue with self-sufficiency and creativity projects Continue to grow our business Reduce/eliminate debt load Mindful parenting & positive discipline Self-care (reading, writing and figuring out how my hopes and dreams intersect with my hopes and dreams for my family) I have quite a few specific goals that I won’t list here. Maybe I’ll do a monthly goal post just to keep me accountable. At the very least, expect more news about the future vision and the direction of those calls with my sister as the vision gets clearer. How about you? What’s on the table for...

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Inspiration Round Up

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 in Featured | 0 comments

Inspiration Round Up

Since my post on Refreshed Resolutions last week, I’ve stumbled on some other blogs that offer a similar way of approaching the New Year. Need some more ideas, some inspiration? Check out these bloggers and tools: Kelly Rae Roberts – scroll down almost to the bottom of her post, just past the line of stars and the photo of the seashore and you’ll find more questions to ask yourself about 2009. Superhero Journal – she discusses the idea of picking a word of the year and offers some other interesting tools for exploring your intentions for 2010. Mother Earth News – quoting Cold Antler Farm writer Jenna Woginrich, talks about resolving to meet your goals one hour at a time. Definitely inspirational! I really want to hear what you come up with so don’t forget to link to your post in the comments to my post for the New...

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