So behind, but determined to make it through this weVERB14
Day 10: Support, how did you volunteer this year? What will you do in 2014?
Well, shucks. I don't volunteer. I did a few things with Sugar Bear's daycare, but sigh, those were just small little things.
I wish I could say that I am determined to volunteer more, but really, that would be a lie. Not sure how to do this one with a straight face.
Perhaps the only way to get through this one is to focus on the word itself. SUPPORT. I pledge to support my family in 2014. I have already been supporting the Hubby both physically and mentally to get a new job this year. And of course, I do my best as a Mom to support Sugar Bear as she grows and changes. I hear- I do it Mama!!! All the time!! I really want to let her explore and discover to her hearts content- even if that means climbing trees and skinning knees!
Day 11: Fortify, What personal strengths will you use this year that you developed in 2013?
Again, being a Mom of a strong willed toddler, I started to dive into the different parenting techniques to help guide us both through the Tremendous Twos! I can't wait to get my hands on this book. I know there are no perfect parenting techniques, but I hope to fortify my parenting skills as my baby turns into a little girl!!
Day 12: Savor, What was your favorite food item/ingredient in 2013? What do you want to eat more and less of in 2014?
My favorite meal of 2013 was sushi at Morimoto Napa- including seeing Morimoto!! Gah. So freaking good. That said, when I don't have a 2 year old sitting on my lap or pulling on me for attention, I find that I savor those meals both before and after they happen. Before because I have to plan to have a babysitter and I am able to cherish the idea of a meal to relax and enjoy myself. After because I love thinking about my life outside of being a mom and being my OWN person- even if it is only for one meal at a time!!
And so I don't come off as completely selfish, I really savor EVERY meal my husband makes- which is at least 70% of all the cooking done in our house. I savor not having to cook, I savor eating a meal at our dining table as a family, and I savor having an AMAZING husband that cooks AMAZING meals!!
Day 13: Cultivate, What creativity or talent did you cultivate in 2013? What do you want to enhance this year?
I spent a lot of time this year doing projects around our house to 'spruce it up' with little or no cost. As of today, I have a plan to spend a month or two on various thing around our house to continue to spruce things up. Most of my projects require a bit of paint and elbow grease. Some require real planning and research. I am already excited to dive into these projects. Again, this goes back to my 2013 year of putting down roots and making our house a home!
Most exciting- thinking about surprising Sugar Bear with a big girl room at the end of the year!!! Ekkk. I'll have a big girl!! I am already savoring the joy!!
Day 14: Share, You’ve been asked to give a 2-minute presentation on “my biggest lesson
of 2013″ to a group of friends/colleges/family members/etc. Use any
medium you’d like to share.
As I've said, 2013 was about growing roots for me. About enjoying the things around me. The spaces and the people. When going through my instagram account I realize it is just that- the spaces I inhabit and my family!! Perfect medium to share how I grew my roots!!
Day 15: Emulate, Is there someone you want to emulate in 2014? Why and how?
I feel like this should be someone large- like Nelson Mandela or the spectacular First Lady. But I am currently knee deep in a book I thought I would hate- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
This year started out lame with my Husband's identity being stolen. We are STILL dealing with this DAILY! It's been an huge issue. I didn't want to dwell on all the sucky, so I reached out to find something - anything really that would allow me to focus on the happy. So far #weverb14, The Happiness Project, and Happify have really helped me feel inherently happier.
So while I am not sure I will do a FULL Happiness Project, I am going to take some of Gretchen Rubin's projects!! I truly thought I wouldn't relate to an upper Westside Mom, but the reality
is- the book and her projects have NOTHING to do with money. I am lucky
enough to say that I can relate to and implement so many of her small changes.
Day 16: Watch, What movie(s) did you see in 2013 that you would recommend to a friend to watch?
The Way Way Back. I loved (and hated) all the characters. I almost found myself yelling at the screen!! Plus, their is heart and I am pretty sure I cried.