Monday, December 31, 2012
A New Year, A New Motto
My motto for 2012 was to live in the ‘now’ and to take each day as it came... and I think I definitely did so, spending days and weeks enjoying simple pleasures with the girls once life slowly settled down and fell into a rhythm with Sophie. I learnt to lower my expectations, to accept untidiness and incomplete to-do lists and to be content with all that surrounded me. I practised mindfulness and gratitude as often as I could.
However, looking back at photos from the start of this year, I feel as though I’m looking at shots from years ago. Our girls look SO different and I find it unbelievable that they’ve both changed so much in what has only been a twelve month period of time. Being aware of the simple delights the girls bring to our lives in these precious childhood years feels more important now than ever.
This coming year, I’ve chosen a focus word for 2013, a word to guide my actions, my plans, my daily life and my attitude… NURTURE. I want to continue to nurture my two girls – Sophie as she develops each and every day into more of a little girl and Grace as she begins her adventures at kindergarten. I want to nurture my relationship with Paul as well as my relationships with friends and other family members. However, most importantly, I want to nurture myself. It’s time for me to eat healthier, to get stronger and fitter, to overhaul my wardrobe and to hopefully get my rheumatoid arthritis under control. I am hoping 2013 will be a year of positive changes, growth and above all, much happiness in our household.
Wishing you all a joyous start to the New Year too…