New Year’s Eve. This is the time of year for reflection, forgiving and starting anew. Reminiscing all the good moments of the year, the not-so-good moments and everything in between. What can or should we repeat in the new year because it worked, was helpful or was fun? What changes can we make to improve our health, finances, mood, relationships or (fill-in-the-blank).
Of course you’ve already been “reflecting” all month, right? Not me. It always seems to sneak up on me. EVERY year. In fact, it’s 10:35 pm on New Year’s Eve and this is the first time I sat down to reflect. (I generally bring in the New Year sitting on my couch in my pajamas, in case you’re wondering, though this year we don’t have satellite TV to watch the “ball drop.”) You’d think I learn, right? I am usually more concerned with cleaning everything to start the year off fresh. Silly me!
Each year, usually about this same time, I quickly make a New Year’s resolution and somehow don’t follow through about halfway into January. Sound familiar? Maybe it’s just me. This year will be different, or at least I am hoping. I will make more meaningful and more attainable goals (for me anyway):
I really do vow to slow down (I seem to function at hyper speed, always), spend more time loving and watching my kids before they’re all grown up, be a better wife and help meet, worry less about the mess and “getting it all done,” spend less time on the internet (that includes blogging!), blog more about things that matter, get to bed earlier, restart meal planning (I somehow dropped the ball), and be truly content with every aspect of my situation.
(I hope you guys hold me accountable!)
Looking back on last year personally, I realized I’ve had a pretty busy year with a lot of learning curves.
- I learned to become a mother of 2 (what an adjustment both physically and emotionally it has been!), an infant and a preschooler.
- We’ve had many not-so-fun health moments with my youngest in her first year of life, but celebrating her birthday yesterday I realized how much we have to be thankful for.
- I learned how to cloth diaper and how to live in a healthier way.
- I launched this new blog-azine with no idea of where it would take me or where it would go – and it all started because of a certain baby who I had the privilege of holding at nap time, and so I had nothing to do with my “free” hand.
Reflecting back on this blog-azine…
In our inception year of A Nation of Moms Blog-azine we’ve had some great moments:
- It was a year filled with touching stories and great advice from a mom living our worst fears, a tear-jerking story of a mom trying to save her baby, and a hopeful, happy ending in Savannah.
- We had a plethora of yummy recipes, including crock pot tips from the famous Mrs. Crock Pot herself, Stephanie O’Dea, who so kindly took the time to write for us at A Nation of Moms right after she got her second crock pot book written. By the way, you should check out that new book that recently hit the bookshelves. And if you don’t have her first one, buy it. It comes highly recommended.
- We talked a great deal about healthy living and even about my own personal journey.
- There were TONS of easy and fun kid activities (like indoor camping) for when you run out of ideas or just want to get out of your usual routine.
- Tiffany gave us advice on what to do when others don’t agree with homeschooling.
- I learned how to cloth diaper from our very cloth diapering guru, Maria.
- We gave lots of cleaning tips and even had a few very detailed cleaning lists in case you needed some assistance.
- And then I can’t forget the day when my new authors came on board.
- There were potty training tips from two different guests.
- Remember when Lindsey helped us declutter in August? Lindsey still continues to help you tackle the working mother’s busy schedule and gives some practical ways to manage time.
- Elisabeth helped us to count our Blessings and Mriacles in life.
- And we can’t forget all of the photography lessons with Keleigh.
- Laura and Tara wrote about special needs.
- Heather always had some great messages (that I especially needed to hear) like Nature Deficit Disorder, food battles, and how to encourage gratitutde.
- We certainly didn’t forget the grandparents out there.
- How about when Kimberlee wrote about simple ways to show love to your children and taught us about lead poisoning from a first-hand view?
- We had a guest blogger Elizabeth “go out on a limb” and write about her personal Roller Coaster of Marriage.
- We had you covered with traveling tips galore whether you have an infant, toddler, or older kids and whether you are traveling by car or plane.
- And then we changed from the Village of Moms to A Nation of Moms in October.
I certainly did not see this blog-azine growing this much and in such a short time. What a fabulous year it has been, and I am truly blessed to have you as readers, authors, and guest bloggers. We have more of the same and a few new things in the works for 2011, so I do hope you stick around. In the meantime, I would love to know…
Is there something YOU want to read more about in 2011?