Filed under: goals | Tags: accomplishments, challenge, goals, half-hearted attempts, ideas, Kathryn Thompson, life, resolutions, to do list
I just came across this post written by a fellow mom, Kathryn Thompson, and am feeling better about my own half-hearted attempts.
Sometimes my intentions just don’t reach fruition.
Some days I manage to cross a few items off of my To Do list; sometimes I’m super productive, but it seems like I don’t have enough hours in the day for my Want To Do list. So many ideas and projects I’d like to work on, but I’m either out of time or out of energy (or both!!) once the kids are out the door or tucked in for the night.
The author says: “…people talk about doing a job halfway as being a negative thing. What gives? Every job is done halfway. Then the other half is done. And if you stop after the first half, that’s one half more than you would have completed if you’d never tried at all.”
Perhaps I’ll just set my sights on accomplishing half of what I want to do; odds are, once I start, I’ll finish! Photo books? Archiving kids’ art? Sewing projects? Train for a triathlon? So many options. . .
But first, I think I’ll go half-heartedly clean the kitchen and taste the blueberry scones I just made with my son.
PS. they are delicious!
Filed under: 365, challenge, food, life, photography | Tags: challenge, fresh, life, Photograph, postaday, tri-color veggies
I’ve been busy with fun in the sun and missed the recent weekly photo challenges, but this one caught my attention.
So many photo options: swimming in a lake, a newborn baby, a delicious-looking cocktail, muffins just out of the oven, but I chose these two:
What’s “fresh” in your life?
Filed under: challenge, ideas, life, photography, travel | Tags: challenge, life, look at the world, Photograph, photography, travel, weekly photo challenge
Filed under: challenge, food, kids, life, photography | Tags: challenge, food, from above, kids, life, Photograph, photography, postaday, weekly photo challenge
My take on the WordPress weekly photo challenge: From Above
I hadn’t realized that I take so many pictures from above, but I love the view from up here. Family. Food. Feet.
Which one is your favorite?
Filed under: family, goals, gratitude, ideas, kids, life, resolutions, Uncategorized | Tags: family, goals, Is the glass half empty or half full?, kids, life, lifestyle, mental-health, Parenting, Pinterest, postaday, resolutions
The age-old question of the glass being half full or half empty is sometimes used as an indicator of your views on life. Are you an optimist? A pessimist?
Or perhaps you don’t care either way and are just happy to have the glass.
Since I became a mom, I found another glass metaphor – the one that measures my energy level. I remember talking to a friend about parenting young kids and how demanding they are with constant questions, needs, and wants. She replied ” your kids will drain you all day long; they suck the life out of you, so you have to make sure that you start each day with a full glass” (no, not of wine). And then she forwarded me a link to a blog post about nurturing yourself while nurturing your child.
After reading this article I realized that, at times, I was too impatient with my kids and frustrated by the lack of time for myself. I chose to leave my career in finance to stay home full-time with my kids, but I wasn’t the mom I wanted to be. So this year, as I approach 40, I have made an effort to put myself back on the never-ending to-do list. I decided that I needed to take some time every day to do something that is just for me. Something that makes me happy.
I exercise. I make a cup of tea (and try to drink it before it gets cold). I treat myself to a great pedicure. I read. I savour a square of sea salt Lindt dark chocolate.
If I had more time, I would sew, paint, make jewelry, garden, but until my youngest is in school all day, I will keep pinning great ideas on my Pinterest boards for future reference; even this makes me happy!
What do you do to fill your cup?
Filed under: challenge, goals, gratitude, ideas, life, resolutions | Tags: goals, Gratitude, gratitude journal, Happiness, happiness project, Health, life, quotes, resolutions
I came across this article on the subject of Happiness and thought it worth sharing:
How many of these do you already do?
How many can you work into your daily routine with all of the competing demands in your life?
My personal favorite is “9. End each day with gratitude.” How do you know if you’re happy unless you acknowledge all that you have already? Every night I write in my calendar, 3 things that I’m grateful for and I find myself more grateful, more satisfied, and in the moment than I used to be.
But there is always room for improvement.
Filed under: goals, resolutions | Tags: 39, Birthday, challenge, clutter, cycling, date night, declutter, Duathlon, family, goals, happiness project, healthy-living, ideas, kids, life, marriage, organized, photography, resolutions, Ride to Conquer Cancer
I’m a little behind on posting and have been getting some attitude about it. Truth be told, I have 16 drafts started and a few that are almost ready to publish, but I’ve been busy. I could name all sorts of reasons, but let’s just call it “life”. Time to get back on track.
My 39th birthday was in October; yes, it’s been four months, but a busy four months they were. This year, after my annual birthday resolutions were made,
I also made a vision board to keep me focussed, but, I didn’t post my goals for all to see. If you’re new to my birthday resolutions, check out last year’s post: Happy Birthday To Me.
2013 Birthday Resolutions
To Do: a road bike event
To Have: a regular date night with my husband
To Be: clutter free
To Give: my undivided attention
To Learn: how to use my digital camera settings
Happily, I can report that I’ve taken steps to help me achieve these goals. We have interviewed new babysitters to watch the kids so my husband and I can exercise and socialize together plus we have both registered for the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer in June. You can make a donation here: http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Events/Vancouver2013?px=3156646&pg=personal&fr_id=1441.
To get more comfortable with my road bike, I am planning to do another Duathlon in March. And to work toward being clutter free I am following a “declutter calendar” for the year which I stumbled upon (http://www.mysimplerlife.com/decluttercalendar.htm).
To give undivided attention is aimed at having more “quality” time with each of my kids and my husband as well as cutting back on multi-tasking. Focus, focus, focus! Which brings me to my camera; I haven’t yet made a formal plan here, but am confident I’ll get this one done, too!
Now, to check my 40 Before 40 list to see what other goals I can achieve this year!
Have any tips or advice you want to share?