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New Year...New Me?

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Like so many others on New Year’s Eve, I make resolutions for the coming year – “lose 50 pounds” and “finally pay off all of that credit card debt” have been just a couple of my most outrageous goals. It seems that each becomes more extreme than the last and, of course, many of them are forgotten about by February 1st. I know that I’m not alone in this either, but power to those that are successful year after year! For those like me that aren’t, let’s be honest: some of these resolutions are clearly unattainable and others get lost in the craziness of the everyday, mostly because they aren’t all that important.

I wanted to try something different, so I reflected on the past year:

I thought of all the times that I felt guilty about asking for help so that I could take a shower, answer backlogged work emails and calls, or run to the store.

I thought of each time I went to bed instead of cleaning the house, only to beat myself up about it the next morning.

I thought of all the tears I shed over the stress of running from appointment to appointment, trying so hard to be on time and prepared.

I thought about how inadequate I felt comparing myself to other moms and wishing I could be and do more.

I thought about all the negative things that I felt about myself and tried to remember how many times I gave myself credit for the things that I have accomplished. Honestly, the put-downs far outweighed the compliments.

Being a parent has taught me so much, but I have learned a lot about the importance of me. As a mother, I am a chef, teacher, boo-boo fixer, tantrum tamer, cheerleader, housekeeper, tear wiper, fort builder…the list goes on and on. Every day, I have a tiny little person that counts on me and loves me unconditionally. He thinks the world of me, and if a child can see my value, then I should, too. In the coming year, my resolution is to be kinder to myself; I don’t need to do it all, just be the best me that I can.

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