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!

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