Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ringing in the New Year

I don't know about you, but my Instagram feed these days is full of shiny new planners, hand-lettered goals, and everyone's word of the year. 'Tis the season for starting over, for fresh and clean, for new beginnings.

You may be on this bandwagon, a goal-setter by nature and feeling inspired by everyone else. Or you may be feeling overwhelmed and convinced that you are Not Enough. Maybe you used to be a goal-setter, a go-getter, someone who jumped into the shiny and new with both feet, but then.... babies happened. As it turns out, it's difficult to be reflective and intentional when you are sleep deprived and in survival mode.

I'm here to tell you that it's okay if you don't have a "word of the year." You don't need to set goals. If new planners stress you out, save your money! If you just have a vague sense of what you want in 2018, that is perfectly fine! Know yourself, and embrace your current season of life.

I was at the playground yesterday, at a Kindergarten play date, chatting with some moms from my son's school. They were talking about their plans to celebrate on New Year's Eve. Some had date nights planned, some were having friends over. One said she'd be asleep by ten after spending the day with extended family. It's easy to believe that everyone is doing something grand and exciting, or at least something special. And then you make the mistake of searching "New Years Eve with kids" on Pinterest, and you come to the conclusion that you are the most boring, not-fun mom EVER and you'd better start saving up for your children's therapy bills someday.

Listen, let me tell you something: you do not need to make everything magical for your children. It is not a requirement in the "good parent" category. If special celebrations wear you out and turn you into an exhausted, cranky mom, don't do it! Don't buy into the hype that this is what everyone else is doing. On the other hand, if you love doing this kind of stuff, if you keep a drawer just for glitter and balloons, more power to you! You do you. Know yourself, know your family, embrace your season!

Happy New Year! No matter how you're ringing it in, what you're doing (or not doing!), I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for you and your family!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I need your input! Two questions!

Hi everyone!

As I plan and prepare for another great semester of MOPS, I have some questions for you.

The first is related to a speaker: behavioral pscyhologist Dr. Max Butterfield (also my husband, haha!) will be speaking to us in February and he would like to know what topic you would most be interested in. Would you cast your vote in the form below?

Secondly, I'm excited to announce that an overnight getaway is in the works for this coming April! The event would be open to current MOPS members who have come to at least 2 meetings in the 2017-18 year. This will be a low-key, laid back, low-cost (hoping to keep the total per person at less than $100) weekend. I'm hoping to rent an Air B'n'B in Pacific Beach for one night, and I need to get an estimate of who would commit to sleeping overnight. If you were only interested in daytime/evening activities, the cost would be lower for you. 

I don't have all the details set in stone yet, but I'm thinking daytime activities would possibly include: paddle-boarding, relaxing on the beach, going out for coffee, riding bikes around. Evening activities would most likely be pizza for dinner (BYOB, haha!) and a game night. Possibly a cheesy rom-com for the night owls ;).

Please note that childcare would not be provided...

Please fill out this brief survey so I can plan accordingly!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Vote for our first book of 2018

Friends, it's time to pick our next novel for our January 24th book club meeting!

Here are the three excellent choices we have for our first book. Take a minute to read the synopsis linked under each title, and cast your vote at the end of this post!

***UPDATE: Our winning title is Left Neglected by Lisa Genova!!***

***UPDATE: Our winning title is Left Neglected by Lisa Genova!!***