Friday, January 9, 2015

Baby Girl Bed Head - Installment 9

This wasn't exactly bed head, but this happened before I got to do her hair for the day.

Cold, dry winter air = Static.
Lots of it.

I hope you're having a good hair day.  ;)

Resolutions? The Word of the Year? Which do you do?

It's a new year!

Anyone else feeling completely bombarded by everyone's lists of resolutions and words for the year and good intentions?

As a mom of young kiddos, I know that I will break any resolution I make within a very short time.

So, I resolve to not make any resolutions.

Instead, I resolve (winkwink) to live intentionally this year.

Some people are picking a word to define who they want to be this year and I guess I like that idea because that's what I did.

I desire to be a woman of intention.

I am going to be intentional with:
  • the food I eat
    • more protein, more fiber, more water, consistent vitamins, less white sugar!
  • how I respond when my kids want my attention
    • really listen and respond well when they ask something or tell a story... not just enough to get them to move on.
  • with what I'm reading
    • spend time actually processing what I'm reading. This may mean reading less so that I can actually understand and remember what I've read. (In years past, I've read the number of book that ends the current year - example: I read 13 books in 2013. I thought about 15 books in 2015, but that is so unrealistic that I decided to take the pressure off myself and read to learn and process instead of reading to check it off my to-do list)
  • every time I take out my camera 
    • take the time to get it right in camera. Stop relying so much on post-processing.
  • do less so that I can do what I'm doing well

And, if you haven't read Shauna Niequist's blog post called Burn the Candles yet, go do it!
Hoping this motivates you for the new year.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year

Well, it's been about two months since my last post.

*I'm a little nervous*

I guess my last post was a little controversial.

I guessed that was going to happen, but I didn't guess how much it was going to affect me.

I received wonderful feedback from people who know me, but people I don't know were pretty judgmental and, honestly, rude. Some had constructive things to say with good intentions, but most were just plain mean.

I do not approve of that kind of stuff.

If you don't know me, maybe err on the side of grace in what you don't understand... or ask questions.

I'm afraid that all too often, people forget that there are real people behind these blogs who have feelings. And, this is MY blog. So, if you don't like what you're reading, either respond in a way that encourages conversation so that I can hear your point (instead of your rude judgments) OR stop reading and move on.

Anyway, I guess I just wish we could stop hiding behind our computer/phone/tablet screens and remember that common courtesies and politeness still applies to our interactions.

Give a little grace.

If you would say it differently to the person over a cup of coffee, say it that way online. Be kind. Let's learn from each other, not hate on one another. Let's make the internet a place where we can be together, sharing ideas and thoughts and our hearts in a way that allows us to grow together. Even if you disagree with someone, you can choose kindness.

I mean, that is what I'm trying to teach my 5 year old.

Maybe us grown-ups need a little reminder, too.

Have a great day!