I love the New Year! It’s a time of new beginnings and fresh perspectives. As some of you may have noticed, I took a bit of a break in December from Social Media. It was something my heart and my family needed. The end of the year is a busy time for anyone and we were no exception. In addition to making all the magic of Christmas happen as we moms do, the interior of our house was being painted and I was working on redecorating (does that ever end?). We ecstatically hosted some of our friends from Seattle just before Christmas, celebrated Christmas with my husband’s family in our home then threw a New Year’s Eve party for our neighbors. This isn’t including school performances, work parties, kids being home on winter break and out of town trips to visit a friend either. All of it made my heart very, very happy and forced me to examine my life. My last post found here expressed just this. So, for my New Year’s Resolutions this year I have 3 areas of my life I want to work on: personal, professional and self…in that order. In this post, I’ll be focusing on the personal.
MORE TIME IN REALITY AND LESS TIME LOOKING AT A SCREEN
WITH MY FAMILY
First up, my family. I don’t talk about it much but we have a son on the spectrum. Where exactly we don’t know because the spectrum is so broad it’s often difficult to pinpoint exact issues and diagnosis takes time. He’s extremely high functioning but with many issues so it can be an exhausting process. It’s not easy for anyone to balance work, blogger and family life and adding another element like this can make it doubly challenging and honestly, often not worth it. So, for the coming year sometimes it will mean not posting a picture on IG because I want to spend some time with my other children who often get overlooked. It also means not constantly checking my likes so that we can have an uninterrupted family dinner. Replying to comments might have to wait a day or two so I can go out on a date with my husband. It means looking up at my family and not down at a screen.
IN MY COMMUNITY
Second, my community. Since moving back from Seattle, we hadn’t gotten a chance to really dive into our local community. We have some friends from when we lived here previously but we had such a connection to our neighbors in Seattle we wanted that back home too. We decided to host a New Year’s Eve party this year. It was so much fun and now we’re talking about a progressive dinner. I’m so looking forward to developing relationships that will enrich each others lives many years into the future…no screen needed.
I’d love to hear about what you’re doing to develop personal relationships in your lives whether it’s in your family, job or community. To be clear, I’m not downing social media. I fully intend to continue blogging and giving fashion tips and support those who use it. I’m just shifting my focus a bit. Stay tuned. Next time I’ll be talking about my professional resolutions and I REALLY need you guys’ input on that. Happy New Year!!!