Nowadays

Life has been so busy lately, and I can’t seem to find much spare time to spend writing and working on this blog. It’s something I have to remedy though, because I do really love writing and having a blog has been something I have thought about for a while now. So basically, I just gotta suck it up and write. 

Here’s what’s been going on around here lately:

Working. I have taken on more students since the fall (in case you don’t know, I have a teaching degree and am working as a freelance tutor right now). I am up to about 15 hours a week, and that doesn’t include planning and travel time. I enjoy it, I really do, but I am just finding it hard to be totally passionate about it right now with Avery growing up so quickly. But I do feel blessed to be able to earn money working for myself, and working around Kevin’s schedule so that we don’t have to figure out childcare.

Watching. Yes. I do have a few guilty pleasures that I indulge in once Avery is in bed (7 o’clock is the golden time peeps). Kevin and I are totally addicted to this show called Damages–it’s with Glenn Close, and it’s kick-ass, let me tell you. It’s basically a legal-crime-thriller show, and it is amazing. She plays her role of mega-lawyer with absolute perfection (in my opinion anyways). We watch it through Netflix because I don’t think it airs anymore (if it ever did in Canada). I am also watching Parenthood, which is fitting and excellent, and The Bachelor–no shame.

Growing. My little man is growing up so quickly! I will write a separate post on all his achievements this past couple months. It makes me happy and sad at the same time because he is turning into this lovely little toddler boy but losing his ‘baby-ness’ in the process. He is SO BUSY NOW it’s unbelievable that just half a year ago he was pretty much immobile. Craziness. I also feel like I am growing as well, and learning who I am and want to be as a mother and woman. I’m sure this all comes as a huge surprise to you, haha.

Thinking about. I live in a pretty rainy city, so when the sun comes out I try to take advantage as much as possible. This city is so beautiful, and when it is sunny, I get chills because the beauty is so breathtaking. I love taking Avery for a walk and looking out over the ocean to see mountain peaks covered with snow.

I am also thinking about what I want to do over the next year or so. I am torn between wanting to stay home with Avery and tutor during the times when Kevin is not teaching (like I have been doing), and really starting my teaching career. I am leaning towards continuing what I am doing right now. I love love love being able to spend time with my son and at home. I am learning to be a bit more domesticated, so maybe this is good for me!

Grateful for. I am grateful for SLEEP! You heard that right. Avery has been sleeping 12 hours at night regularly now. I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s been almost 2 weeks now! He’s even been getting new teeth (4 molars!) and he is still sleeping through it. I waited almost 14 months for this, and it’s heavenly! 

Anyway, these are just sort of random updates to fill you all in on some of the happenings around here (if you even care, haha).

Cheers,
J

 

New Years and Resolutions

Starting a new year is always a time of reflection, for me and for a lot of people, I’m sure. I have been thinking about setting resolutions for 2013 (I ALMOST wrote 2012) and realized that they just don’t work for me. I don’t know if it is the pressure of it, or if the determination just sort of fades away after the first weeks days of January, but regardless I never can seem to keep them.

This year, I decided to do something a bit different. Instead of making a resolution, I am choosing a theme for the year–a single word to kind of represent how I want to improve myself this year. It kind of falls into every aspect of life, and it’s a sort of mantra to live by. My word for this year: “Organized.”

I chose this word because I know that I have a lot of areas of my life that are really disorganized: clutter in my home, how I spend my time, food (I am always a “last-minute” type of person with food, which means scrambling to make something or, more likely, going out or ordering something in), pretty much everything, embarrassingly enough.

So, my goal is just to organize my life better. I might choose to focus on one area each month ala The Happiness Project (for example, do meal planning in January, tackle clutter in February, and so on), or just take it a day at a time. I’m not sure which yet, but that’s not the point of the whole thing anyway. The point is to remember my word when making choices and try my best to live by it. Now, since this has always been a bit of a weakness of mine, I have my work cut out for me! I do know that it will improve my quality of life, and so I am prepared to work hard to get and stay organized!

What are you doing for New Years? Are you making resolutions? Goals? I would love to hear about how you are welcoming the new year.