2019: A Welcome Refresh

Happiest of New Years, dear readers! My poor little corner of the internet has been quiet too long. It turns out that having an 8-year-old AND a 1-year-old keeps a girl pretty busy. Especially when the 1-year-old is…well, we’ll just call him a mischievous little thrill seeker for now. I’ll dedicate a whole blog to little Bird soon, but suffice it to say he’s the kind of kiddo that can empty a whole bookshelf and decimate a dozen book covers in the 30 seconds it takes me to refill that 3rd cup of coffee.

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so excited to see a new year. 2018 had so many ups, but it also brought a lot of changes and challenges.

We adjusted to becoming a family of 4 this year. It has not always been easy, but even the growing pains have brought me joy.

My husband’s company was sold and his position at work changed. It was a positive change, but still an adjustment.

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer late last spring. She had a partial mastectomy in the summer followed by several months of chemotherapy and will start radiation in just a few days, which we hope will be the final treatment she needs and put her in remission.

While my family dealt with my mom’s diagnosis and treatment, my stepfather lost his own battle to cancer early in December. After he decided to stop treatment in the fall, we enjoyed the last few months he was with us as much as possible. He will be sorely missed in many aspects of my life, but most of all in my writing. He was always the first to comment on and share my blog or any article I’d written. I’m a writer by birth and an editor by education, and he was MY editor: a trusted opinion who could spot a grammar error or comma splice a mile away.

And so it is with a deep breath and exhale that I welcome 2019. I’m very much looking forward to this year: we’ll be moving in the spring, hopefully into a home that fits our active boys a little better. I’ll be working on putting some final touches on some writing projects and growing my little freelance business. My new years resolutions are simple and enjoyable: to read and write every day. And of course, there’s homeschool and traveling and the glorious little discoveries of each day with 2 boys.

I’m excited to rediscover old friends, bloggers and writers online and find some new ones, too. What’s your favorite blog to read right now? Let me know in the comments. Until then-

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Creating New Rituals

Happy New Year, readers! I hope you all had a wonderful and fulfilling holiday break. My family and I had many relaxing moments, but I am very happy to be back to the real world today. The week between Christmas and New Years was a bit of a haze for me.

Our homeschool co-op doesn’t pick back up until next week, but we started our second half of first grade today. I’m excited about all the things JC is excited for this year, and I’ll be writing a full blog on it soon.

But for today, I want to talk about creating new rituals for a fresh year. This year I’m not setting any resolutions, because I feel like making a list of things to do and ways to be better is just setting yourself up for disappointment and frustration. I know I’m not the only one who had a rough go of 2016, and this year, I really want to be good to myself. Here are some of the rituals I hope to create this year for myself and my family:

  • Ending our day with music: At the end of the day when dinner is done, parents are exhausted and the kids get that wild, pre-bedtime wind, we often turn on the TV to kill time before bed. I would like to start trading the TV for music and audiobooks. I’d love to see what playlists my family come up with.
  • The Best Year Ever jar: I’ve made room on our kitchen bookshelf for a big empty jar, and I’m encouraging my family to drop a note inside when something good happens or when they’re thankful for something. At the end of the year, we’ll have a whole jar of happy memories.
  • Using essential oils in my showers: Most days, a shower is the only time I get to myself–and some days even then I have a small visitor pushing trains around the bathroom. I would like to utilize some essential oils and scents to help set a tone for my day.
  • Starting my writing time each day with a writing prompt: I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to writing prompts and at least 3 books full of them, all for when “I have time”–and this year, I will make the time.
  • I want to set aside a time each week to be creative outside of writing: I used to love to sew and scrapbook and do crafty things. As a homeschooling mom, it was very easy to let those side projects slide. I’d love to pick some of them back up, though. I started a Harry Potter pillow almost 3 years ago I haven’t finished. Is there really any excuse for that?
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It should not take 4 years to make a pillow.

 


I’d love to know: what rituals do you have?