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Striving for Balance

Balance of beautyMy word of the year is nurture, but my word for this life is balance. Everything always seems to come back to finding balance – nurture and direction are part of finding my ultimate peace, but that peace comes from balance.

Summer always seems to emphasize how challenging it is to strike that balance. I want to spend time enjoying my children while they are out of school, I want to teach them responsibility, the importance of work and education. I want to help them develop a love for learning and the desire to develop their talents.

If that wasn’t enough to fill a summer, I also have my own responsibilities and a desire to continue learning and developing my own talents. We all have a need for social time and even down time to just relax.

Every summer I know the challenge of pulling it off in a satisfactory manner. I usually only achieve it for a few days each summer.

The rest of the days are skewed one direction or another. I spend the whole day with my family, then scramble to meet deadlines. Or I work and research, then feel guilty that my kids are bored and want to do stuff with me. Yes, they should be able to entertain themselves – and they are usually pretty good about diving into a book. But it seems foolish to not spend time with your kids while they still want to be with me.

Now that summer has passed, I try to remember all that I’ve learned and fiddle with the balance of our lives. Maybe I’ll have a better handle on it next summer. There’s always hope, right?

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Most Inspirational Blogs of 2011

This is my last 2011 recap post, I promise.  I almost skipped it, but I couldn’t not take a few minutes to share my list of my most inspirational blogs.

Your Homebased Mom

Chocolate on my Cranium

Booking Mama

Celebrations at Home

Chef Tess Bakeresse

Small Fry & Co.

Travelin Oma

Creating Keepsakes

Joy the Baker

Little Birdie Secrets

Monzanita Arts and Crafts

Somewhat Simple

Your Cup of Cake

My inspiration is as varied as my interests!  If any of these are new to you, I hope you check them out.  What blogs are on your most inspirational list?

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Word of the Year – Nurture

Continuing with the tradition of the last two years, I’m choosing a word of focus for the year 2012.  Last year’s word, direction, has served me well.  I still struggle with spreading myself too thin, wanting to do too many things; but I’ve made progress in focusing on what’s most important right now.

Over the course of my quest for direction, I noticed my motives for many of the things I “want” to do were related to other people.  For example, my desire to learn to play the piano; I do want to learn to play the piano, but making the time necessary was creating more stress than pleasure.  But I pushed on hoping my practices would inspire my children to practice – it didn’t.  Part way through the year, I put that goal aside for now.

I hit me again several times in December.  Things I love about Christmas became filled with drama, like how many kinds of cookies we need on hand for Santa and our advent drawers. I love the activities that go with Christmas, but I kept hearing how my kiddos didn’t feel it was enough and I struggled with feeling the joy of the season.  I started asking myself, what do I need to feel the spirit of Christmas?  What does taking care of me look like? Because truthfully trying to make Christmas magical for my kids wasn’t working for me.

By the end of the year, my word of focus for 2012 emerged.  It seems a little selfish, but I don’t think it is.  I need to nurture myself to nurture others. The more I think about my words from the last few of years, they are part of the same journey.  There’s a flow between progress, direction and nurture.  Here’s to enjoying the journey!

What’s your word for the 2012?

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Cookies for Santa

The week before Christmas I planned on finishing up my holiday baking with homemade toffee and caramels.  I had several types cookies in the freezer for Christmas Eve and Christmas day dinners, and to share with Santa.  There were several extra dozens for requests to bring cookies here or there, like caroling.  But as the caroling approached, my daughter wasn’t satisfied with the selection from the freezer.  Fortunately, one of the older kiddos had a short day at school and was able to help make Snickerdoodles and relieve the tension.

Apparently my younger daughter was concerned because there was only seven types of goodies to choose from and Santa would get two of the same thing!  I need to make sure she understands that Santa enjoys cookies even two of the same kind, before she has us needing a second freezer to store 20 types of Christmas treats!

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