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.
- 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.