oh snap, wild boy.
I like blogging. I'd like to post often. I really would. I like my kids, I like my husband, I like my job. It's a matter of finding a place and a time for all the things I like. Between us, the kids are my favorite, and they always get chosen first. I have so many aspirations for my creative side. I'm trying to figure out how to give them room to grow. Do these things ever overwhelm anyone else the way they do me? I always decide that if I'm fulfilling my requirements as a mom, I'll never regret the way my priorities are set. There should be room for other ambitions though right? Most days it feels a bit cramped.

At work I've been given some really great opportunities to learn and grow including the upcoming opportunity to attend Alt. Due to some schedule conflicts with co-workers, I'll probably end up going alone. I don't know why that makes me nervous. I've never enjoyed doing anything alone really. I love the company of others. I love my work at Uppercase Living. I love the people I work for, and I love the people I work with. There's something special about it. I'd really like to make some meaningful connections in relation to the great things my work is doing, and I guess maybe that makes me nervous. Just because I care so much. Regardless of my worries from a professional perspective, it's a huge opportunity, and I hope to learn a lot.

My babies are getting bigger all the time, and they are now sharing a room. I have really fond memories of sharing a room with my little brother growing up, and I hope they'll be able to create some of the same enjoyable times together. Of course I have lots of ideas and plans to create a nice little space for them and despite my anxious tendency to want everything pulled together at once, I'll probably just work at it one piece at a time. Speaking of one piece at a time, I jotted a little list of resolutions down. It's something I do every year. I'm a firm believer that if you don't write goals down, they're that much less likely to be accomplished.

1. I chose my words carefully. No strict diet or exercise rules. Just an honest charge to be kind to the body I have by becoming selective about what I put in, and how I improve it.
2. Being home with the kids are some of the best times of my life. I want to have fun. I want them to have fun.
3. I want to enjoy cooking for my family. I want to think outside the box. I want to cook healthy meals that taste good.
4. I want to be good to the environment. I want to be good to my wallet. I want to enjoy and appreciate my local surroundings.
5. I want our home to reflect our personality. I want it to be inviting. I want it to feel comfortable.
6. I want to take better pictures.
7. I have never appreciated the beauty of obtaining knowledge more than I do now. I want to learn. I want my knowledge to grow.
8. No excuses.
9. I want to trust that the things I say about myself will teach my daughter (and son) to be proud of her body and mind.
10. Stop trying to manage all tasks on my own. He knows best.


Hydrangea Girl said...

I get so overwhelmed. I also love blogging. I'm doing an internship where I don't get paid, and we're trying to save for a wedding in October = stressful. There are no job opportunities here in Ireland, so it's not like I can choose to get a paid job.

I think I need to find the silver lining in everything. And I need a resolution list to put on my wall. Actually, while I'm here, you inspired me to do a themed birthday party for fiance! Coupled with cute paper flags :)

Mommy Papi and Babies Sauri said...

Great list of resolutions.

Here is mine... http://casadesauri.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-years-resolutions.html

My children are most definitely first in our home too. I'm a fairly new blogger and I hope to leave a mark on people as I document my life on the web.

Thank you for posting. You inspire me every time!

Mommy Sauri~

Emily said...

i relate to this so much. finding balance is an on-going battle. i have kids, a husband, a job, and until last semester, i was going to school too. not to mention church obligations. sometimes it's a lot. i just try to do my best every day...and then try again the next day at those things i wasn't able to do or could have done better. but you're right, choosing your family above all of it is never the wrong choice.
thanks for this post! i love the way you stated all of your resolutions. it's a great list! and have fun at ALT! that sounds like an amazing opportunity!

Shay said...

Family first & always. Funny how life can send big reminders of where our priorities should be. Aaron and I have received a huge dose of this important reminder this weekend.

Melissa | I Still Love You said...

You're not going to be alone at Alt!!! I'll be there. Let's hang out, okay?

Love your list of resolutions. Your handwriting is awesome.

Whitney said...

Love it! Mommying is best of all.

Team Babb said...

I've tagged you sweet girl! Join in on the fun if you'd like to, or just enjoy seeing what I've written from my turn of being tagged.

love, Mel

here's the link

kristen said...

Trying to find the balance is just so hard. I feel like I am always trying to be better at some area of my life and it can kind of get jumbled together or I just end up on the couch watching TV because I don't know what I want to be doing. Thanks for this post. And thanks for blogging. I know you are an inspiration to so many people.

febe said...

Right now, finding balance is my dilemma. After several months, I'll have my own child and still I plan to work after giving birth. Your post is an inspiration. I'll work this out!

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Heidi Rew said...

Hi there! I found you through Bridget's site. Love your blog! Newest follower & I look forward to checking out more of your ideas! :-) Heidi Rew from PartiesforPennies.blogspot.com

Monica and Whitney said...

Is it weird that I don't ever want kids until I come look at you and your little family? You make mothering look fun.

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ElisabethCS said...

Hey girl! I've been MIA on this here blogger.com:) I am glad you're in sorta the same place I'm in...You look gorgeous as always and super fit! Share you workouts. I'd love to hear. XO