Was I right? 2011 is here and has the New Year’s Resolution Society that I warned you about in my last post “Take Stock” , pervaded your world? From my mailbox, both snail and digital, to everything I read and watch, these “people” want to know not only my New Year’s resolutions but also, how I am doing so far! Please, it is the first week of January, I am just getting through my mail, never mind establishing life changing behavior! No, I am not skinnier, stronger, more productive or organized, more relaxed or having more quality time with my family and date nights with my husband.
Should I feel less successful already? Doomed to a year of the status quo? Not a chance. Why? I am just not buying in. I have my own agenda.
In my last post, I talked about taking stock, using the holiday time, rich with family and experiences, to simply breathe and pay attention to what's working in your life and what's not, then using this learning to begin to set your own agenda for 2011 (vs. just listening to everyone else’s suggestions). We all know that never really works anyway. It needs to come from you. Your life, your desires and your vision. That is where real change begins. What did you come up with? What ‘s working? What’s not?
My own discovery was productive and lets just say that it will certainly involve trying to multi-task LESS. Having no luggage for 4 days in Miami because I didn’t have the bags tagged (now that the airlines delegate tickets and baggage handling to us) was just one more instance of me doing too many things at once and resulting disaster for me (and my family). This might be a good time to pay tribute to my dear husband who has become quite adept at cleaning up my messes and maintaining his adorable smile!. My two children have begun to call these episodes “Mommy Adventures” (there have been that many and probably the subject of another post). But, nevertheless, it is who I am, the good, the bad, and the ugly… and I while I will make an honest attempt to be more present and try to do fewer things at once, it is only self-acceptance that will make me more comfortable in my own skin. As for my kids, well, they are learning that Mommy is far from perfect and can usually laugh at her mistakes. Hopefully they will take the same approach to their own.
In addition to a few other revelations, I have also pledged, fully supported by all of you, the women who dare to dream of Blooming, to making this site as interesting and relevant as possible. In 2011 Blooming Betty will be continue to help women define their own success. Through a commitment to stimulating writing and research, inspiring interviews with women who are living their own definition of success, promoting conversations about the hard choices we face, and by listening to our readers, our team hopes to lead women down their own path, with a smile.
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