Monday, January 23, 2012

Prepared {Mom-day

Monday, January 23, 2012
My living room is a mess.  We are currently finishing our basement so all my fabric and craft supplies now reside in my front room.  It drives me crazy, but this one is having a blast! :)

I'm sure by now you have all seen the "one word" resolutions all over blogs and the internet this month.  I thought- "Wow, that sure sounds a lot easier than making specific goals I'll probably never do but feel really guilty about." 
As it turns out- it is just as easy to slack on your "one word" resolution as it is the more specific kind. :)
But before I whine about all the reasons I have fallen behind in my goals, I will tell you why I chose my word in the first place.
  This Christmas did not go as planned.  Not even a little bit.  We only planned 4 activities for the season- one for each child.  Seems easy enough to follow through with, right?  Um we got to 1 of them. :(  Turns out I was pregnant and didn't know it, but still, I felt awful that I didn't make the season all that it could be.  Christmas at our house is followed quickly by two birthdays.  My husband is used to getting the short end of the after-Christmas budget, but my 3 year old was expecting a BIRTHDAY!  I couldn't help but think if I only started sooner with all of this stuff, I might have avoided the stress and worry and just enjoyed each of these celebrations.  So much of my life is spent flying by the seat of my pants, putting things off until the last minute before I give them the attention they need.
So, as I thought about my word for the year, I thought- it would just be nice to be prepared for things, instead of just reacting to them.
And thus it became- "my word".  Prepared.  It has a nice ring to it doesn't it?  To me it sounds like organized, on top of things, calm, ready.  It is what I want to be.
And now, throw in the wrinkle of the aforementioned unplanned pregnancy, and Prepared has a whole new meaning.  I want to be prepared physically (will be again delivering naturally), mentally (5 kids terrifies me- I need a game plan), and emotionally (my husband is my Rock- I need to nurture that relationship so it can support me through the crazy after baby hormones that wreak havoc on me) so I can thoroughly enjoy this last little baby of mine.
Not to mention the rest of my life.  Christmas is huge for me- I want it to be magical and special and meaningful for my children.  This will require preparation.  Birthdays, holidays, LIFE- to be lived, enjoyed, relished!  Being prepared is the key.
Now, we all know a goal without a plan is just a wish.  So now I need a plan.  Lots of plans in fact.  I am planning a "Christmas all year through" event here on the blog.  Nothing fancy or too specific, but I hope to have inspiration and motivation to be on top of things before next year rolls around.  I am making plans (as soon as the yucky first trimester stuff goes away) to have a regular "working" schedule, where I make inventory for future boutiques and sales opportunities so I'm not under the gun as soon as I sign up for an event. 
All of this involves thinking ahead, planning and preparation.  Not to mention follow through.  So that's why I'm writing this here, in public, for all of you to see.  So I have more motivation to keep this 'on top of things' attitude going.  :)  Call me on it, ask me how it's going from time to time, chide me if I'm slacking.  And if you have a goal you're working toward, and need a little bullying to get it done- I'm your girl. ;)
Have an awesome Monday.  And don't forget- Point of View is THIS WEEK.  Please don't ask me about my project, I told you, I'm still in the planning stages of this prepared thing. ;)  But the theme is LOVE and we would LOVE to see anything you think relates to the theme (it's a very loose interpretation of the theme we have- so if it's just something you LOVE, come link it up on Friday)
Have an awesome day!
xoxo,
Amy

2 comments:

Kristie said...

I like the prepared idea.
Thanks for sharing.
And I have to agree that if I tell more people what I want to do, I actually get it done. :)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I love your word for the year. I could definitely use more "preparation" in my life. I used to be the most organized and motivated person I knew... until I had kids :) Actually, it wasn't until I had the second one that it got really bad. I keep telling myself that I need to get my act together. Here's to our attempt at being more prepared this year!

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