There are fewer things I enjoy more throughout the year than the feeling of hope and the fresh start mentality that a new year brings with it to the blogosphere and each year, I look forward to reading my fellow bloggers’ resolution posts immensely during the first week. The new year brings a feeling of renewal for so many, including myself, and this feeling spills over into the blogs. You can read it in their celebrations of life lived in the year gone by, in their resolutions so bravely put out for the world, and in the new trend of choosing one word to focus on for the next year. Join me this week as we celebrate along with our fellow bloggers and look ahead.
In keeping with the recent trend of choosing one word (or more) to symbolize all the greatness they want to come from the next year, many bloggers spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks seriously thinking about what they wanted out of the next year and ultimately out of their lives. Many moms (and dads) can relate to Jen from One Mom’s World who is determined that the next year will be more family oriented, Christ-centered, and more organized. We can also relate to Thein-Kim from I’m Not the Nanny who learned in 2012 that taking care of ourselves actually enables us to take care of others better. I think her word, Nourish, is a word we should all focus on for our lives. How can we nourish our families if we do not nourish ourselves?
I would have to say most of us desire to be happy, but while I was reading this week I ran across a great post from one of my favorite bloggers exploring how much your perspective changes when you choose to focus on the happy throughout the year (and your life). Veteran blogger Carol Cain from Girl Gone Travel has had the same word for the last three years, happy, and truly her entire life she would argue. It takes a special person to find happiness in the face of great trial and Carol has certainly shown herself to be up to the task.
As parent bloggers, we live and breath social, so it can be difficult for us to shut down all the tech and just be with our family. We forget that life outside of the digital world requires our total attention in order to be fully lived. Kludgy Mom, Gigi Ross, is determined that 2013 will not be that way. In 2013, her one word is Be. Be present. Be aware. Just be. We could all take a page from her book and be happier for it, I think…because in being you find the ability to see life the way it truly is. And that’s what Stacy from Tree, Root, and Twig is focusing on this year – looking for the good in life, no matter the circumstances. The ability to see the good, the opportunity, the possibilities in your life is sure to push you forward through the year – grateful for where you’ve been.
Despite having read all of these posts and many more throughout the week, I still haven’t settled on my word for 2013, but I’m not worried – Deb on the Rocks has a comprehensive (and hilarious) list of words that are still up for grabs this year…only don’t choose canoodle, because I have my eye on that one. Whatever you do this year, remember what Elena from Live. Do. Grow. says: Dream Big. Really. Big. Can’t get enough one word inspiration for the new year? Head over to Kick in the Blog and check out all of the inspiring one word posts featured there!
That’s not all the blogosphere’s been talking about though, here’s a look at some of the other great posts from the last week:
- So we’ve made the resolutions and we’ve set our “word” for the year, now what? Well, head over to Found the Marbles and let Jessica help you out with her 8 tips for sticking to your new years resolutions, for real this time.
- Violence against women must stop. There is no question about this and yet many abused women still fear the stereotype and stay in abusive relationships despite the risk of harm. Lisa from A Daily Pinch delved into the topic of violence against women this week while providing valuable resources for those in need of help. Please read it, you never know when someone you care about will need help.
- We’ve all had that time when we’ve threatened the kid in the backseat with tossing their (insert annoying and yet loved item here) out the window if their current behavior continued. How many of us have ever followed through? I know I have and it sucks. So has my friend Amy from Taste Like Crazy. Recently she had to stick to her guns and follow through with the threatened punishment – much to her own trauma…so head over and give her a virtual hug, would ya?
- Seeing your child in pain is the hardest thing about being a parent, but not seeing it…not knowing about the pain and secrets can be far more dangerous as Melissa from Rock & Droll pointed out this week. Cutting is the latest teenage phenomenon. Children cutting themselves with razors to mask the emotional upheaval their lives have become. Don’t miss reading this and sharing it with someone you love.
- Spring is coming and with it seems to come the influx of birthday parties. If you’re planning a birthday party this Spring, make sure you check out these birthday party lessons from Mommy Moments – you might learn something to save you time and money. in the new year.
- Wondering what the state of the blogosphere is as it pertains to parent bloggers? Kim from Hormone Colored Days has an inside look at what the past year has brought in the evolution of the parent blogger and what predictions she has for 2013.
So what did I miss? Share your best posts from the last WEEK in our linky on any subject! The only requirements are:
- You should be a parent who blogs
- The post on any topic must have been published during December 28 – January 4, 2013
- You MUST use the permalink to the post itself, not your blog’s homepage URL
For the NAME field, use this format: Post Title (Your Blog Name)
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