Friday, December 27, 2013

How the New Year will Guide Us...





Over the past couple of months, I have been doing a lot of soul searching.  

Even more writing.  

And a lot of time combining them both to sort out where the next year will be leading me and my family.  

It is no secret that I have been trying to find focus in my life. A clear vision of how I wish our everyday to look as a family.  I've been honing this practice for a while now, and each step further on this journey I can see the pieces beginning to come together bit by bit.

As the new year is coming closer into view, I wished to take this path of self-discovery to a new level.  In an effort to do just that, I set aside time to create intentions for the new year that would help bring more joy into our home, peace within my heart, and electricity into my written words. 


     
You see, over the past year, I struggled.  Struggled with the many layers of motherhood that sometimes overshadow the equally numerous layers of Self.  What I've learned, however, is not to try and peel away one or the other, but to allow them to intertwine.  To meld together, without pushing aside any that make up who I am from my core. 


Being a mother and caring for your Self doesn't have to be a battle between the two. Instead, it should be a marriage of give and take.   
  
That union, is what I focused on as I sat down one evening to begin the process of finding my "Guiding Word" for 2014.  I wanted to think more deeply about how to bring more ease into my life as a mother, while allowing the creativity within me to flourish in other areas of my life as well.  And I started here...

Digging Into 2014 Banner: 200x 200
   
By digging into 2014.  This workbook, created up by the lovely Tara at The Organic Sister, helped me realize that I want to feel more free in the year to come.  Free to grow, free to manifest, free to strengthen the connection with my family while taking my time discover my own version of happiness.  As I dug deeper into the pages and the delicious prompts of this workbook I realized that...  

My desire for 2014 is to see a family where everyone is being taken 
care of as best as possible.  

With that I mean, continuing on our road of peaceful parenting.  Nurturing our bodies and our minds.  Setting aside time for Mom and Dad to connect.  Cultivate each other's interests.  Gifting each other with time to disentangle from the stressors of day to day living. Dreaming big. Writing without abandon.  Doing all this, at a pace which feels natural for my family.  How might this vision come to be in the new year?

               
Through PRACTICE.  This new year will be lead through deepening this practice of letting go and following my intuition.  By trying again and again, until we find our natural family rhythm.  Through reworking what we've found to bring us contentment and connection, until we all feel heard...respected.  The list could go on and on.


Life has been trying to tell me to slow down.  Pay attention. And take all the time you need to find this balance you crave.  It's time I started to listen.  It's time to deepen this practice.    

With this insight, this excavation that begin by Digging Deep into 2014, comes a new spark of inspiration.  A new conception for how I will reach out to other Mamas who wish to find that balance.  To find themselves. To find beauty in their everyday connections. That spark has led to a new space and room to grow...

Stay tuned for the big announcement!


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1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love this. I feel it is so important, as parents, that we find that balance regarding our role as parents and taking care of ourselves. Yes, it's important to nurture the little people in our lives, but it is also important to nurture ourselves and to model self care for our children and fulfillment in our lives for our children as well. I am on this journey as well in 2014, so I am excited to follow yours.

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