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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Finding Balance

Welcome to the February edition of the Simply Living Blog Carnival - New Beginnings cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. This month's topic, our writers consider where they are with their New Year's Resolutions or new ventures of 2013. Continue your reading read on at the bottom of this post by clicking the links to the other participants' posts.


I never make New Year's resolutions, for various reasons, but mainly because I think personal growth is an ongoing thing, that shouldn't just be incited because of a random time of year.
For this year, however, I do have a goal... Well, it's more of a life goal reallybut I started formulating it around the turn of the year.

As you may know, I struggled with depression last year, and have been fighting hard to overcome it. So far, all of my efforts have been worthwile and I do find myself experiencing joy and being less and less overwhelmed.

But realizing about this depression has made me think about how we live, what we do, and how our way of life has brougt me, gradually, to the state I was in. So it became clear to me that we desparately needed change, big, uprooting life changes!

Over the past monhs, my husband and I have re established a dialogue that had been lost in the daily struggles and habits. The dialogue does/did involve some anger, some yeling some discomfort, but it has brought us closer and made us tackle our problems as a unit, instead of just a set of individuals.
Together, we started carving a path towards a life we actually want to be living, nstead of one we just undergo.

It is scary, it takes us way out of our confort zone, it makes us question and rethink everything. But it is mainly good.

Thank you for visiting the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Continue your reading by clicking the links of this month's posts on what simple living means to our participants. We hope you will join us next month!

  • Using Special Time to Simply Connect - Amber at Heart Wanderings begins to focus on simply connecting with each of her children for a few minutes of Special Time each day. A deeper connection and sense of joy, softening of emotional outbursts, and less sibling rivalry have resulted from this practice.
  • Redefining Simplicity - Living within our needs - Survivor from Surviving Mexico talks about how moving from a first-world country to a third world country has changed her family's perception of simplicity. Adapting to this new life has not been easy, but can be done with an attitude of gratitude.
  • Changes - Sustainable mom writes about how she is bringing back a beat to a rhythm that has been falling apart.
  • Listening to my Kids - Christy at Eco Journey In The Burbs is seeking peace and freedom after over-scheduling her daughters.
  • Thankful to Begin Again - Mercedes @ Project Procastinot learns a lesson from her twins.
  • Changes for a New Year - Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children is concentrating on making small changes this year in an effort to make better habits.
  • Parenting Two: A Fresh Start - Joella at Fine and Fair embraces the transition as her family grows as a new beginning by being gentle with herself and realistic with her expectations.
  • Finding Balance - At Authentic Parenting, Laura looks at where she's gotten fighting depression and spiring to a more harmonious life. 



  1. It takes quite a bit of effort to get out of a rut that you might have fallen into without realizing it and carve out a new path. Keep at it!

  2. Change is often scary, but I often find that the things which I resist the most are usually the things which allow me to grow the most.

    Every day, and every moment, is a new opportunity.

  3. I really hope your journey is a positive one that takes you all in the direction you want to go. I have no doubt it will be slow and difficult. Make sure you find your pace and keep to it, trying to go too fast may set you back. I hope you find a good positive state at the end.

  4. Good for you for recognizing that you need to make changes. Sometimes change is too scary and people stay in an uncomfortable rut because it is what they know and they think it is easier to live with than going through change.

    Best wishes with your new path!

  5. Sometimes it is so important to push ourselves out of our comfort zone to make important changes. Being stuck in a rut, while uncomfortable, is familiar and "easy". Good for you!

    (I made another comment, but not sure if it worked, so please forgive if this is a repeat).

  6. Thank you all for such lovely supportive comments. I had huge issues posting this post and didn't get to edit and publish my picture :(

  7. Recognizing the need for change and doing the initial steps is the most difficult steps so I'd like to congratulate you for doing a great job! It is true that change is difficult but don't give up! You are on your way to great things. :)


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