Favorite Time Of The Year

I know, you think I’m talking about Christmas, or whatever December holiday you choose to celebrate. I’m not. I’m not even talking about New Year’s Eve. I’m talking about the week or so in between that’s my favorite. Why you ask, well let me tell you.

A few reasons. Starting with the fact that my paper agendas usually start January 1st. And I usually buy them in October. And I usually anxiously wait to use it and write all my stuff in it. Such an agenda nerd, it’s a necessity to me. Id like to mention to all my tech  friends that I still use my electronic agenda. I use both.

Anyway, more adult reason # two is that this time of year lets me flush all of what I didn’t like this year away. I reflect and focus with motivation and intention on the possibilities of the year ahead. I ask myself what do I want to do this year… and down that recent line of questioning I asked myself what I wanted to do with this blog this year. Erase, or dive in? What am I getting out of this? What do I want to give? What’s the point?

The point I believe is connection. And by connecting I stay accountable to the lifestyle I am trying to create and it keeps me present. Aware of the daily actions I take and the person I actively am trying to be and become. It’s a dear diary of sorts. I know for sure that I want to talk about things that matter to me, and that are important. And of course it will do with things that I manage with daily. And I’d like for it to be light and entertaining.

Health and nutrition have always been important to me. I find a lot of information about eating healthy or clean for individuals. And then I find a lot of information about feeding your family. There isn’t always a direct line between those two things. We have a household where both parents are very active. We eat very healthy, clean at times (there’s a difference) and try to feed the kids very balanced and nutritious meals. I don’t cook 4 different meals to accommodate everyone. Very often I’m asked about the meals I prepare during the week and I asked for advice. So I though I would start there at the core, and family life and my own life around that.

Hope you join me along on this ride.

Happy 2017

 

The Fun Parent

I don’t think I’m the fun parent. Nor are we fun parents. You know the kind… those smiling, energetic folk taking their kids on adventures around town. I have the best intentions but then I get exhausted and I almost want to say, ‘lets turn the tv on and cuddle on the couch’… wait up, no i totally do that!

We recently went on this wonderful family vacation Euro style. I had some really solid intentions to play on the beach and explore outside. But when I am on the beach in 1 foot of water supervising the swimming activities of three children all that goes out the window. ‘Why can’t i sit on the shore and watch you? Why does mommy have to be IN the water’? Can someone please tell me what the difference is? I guess I should be happy that they still want me around. The impending reality of what’s to come.

In all honesty though… we did some fun things. And maybe I need to let myself off the hook. We went parasailing, we played Mr Wolf on the beach for an hour. I ran and chased, coloured, showered outside with the hose, did watersports, and heard giggles daily. I think we have to be able to say ‘time out’! I need a moment, or two. Without the guilt, and when I refelect back I should think of the things I DID do, instead of the things I didnt.

Some food for thought.