Reflections in Our Rear View Mirror…

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:

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?

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