So today we celebrated the first day of 2008 and our dog Asha's 7th birthday. Kind of a quiet day - we were all a little tired - celebrating the holidays has a way of wearing you down a bit. We did manage to watch a great hockey game between the Pittsburg Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres. It was the 'Winter Classic' and took place outside in the cold and snowy weather of the north. Fun to watch (from the warmth of our home!). We love the Sabres and Sidney Crosby and the Penguins are always a thrill. We had some life-size Crosby posters so today was a great day to surprise the kids with them. We hung them on the backs of their doors - even Hannah was totally into it.
It occured to me last night that 2008 will be big for our little family... my twins will turn 5 and my marriage will 'turn' 10!! And in between those events I will turn 37 - not a huge birthday but oddly enough 37 makes me a little uneasy. Never been phased by my age before but for some reason I'm not embracing 37 yet.
I'm not big on New Year's resolutions - but I do like starting fresh with things and the new year is a good time to start (although I can usually manage to 'turn over a new leaf' on any given day - especially Monday - if I'm feeling like something needs changing!!). I'm not planning on making any major changes but I do want to 'tweak' things a bit... I want to be more aware, more focused on what we eat and how much exercise we get... want to get more sleep, have more people over, have more laughs, more dates with Paul, more outings with girlfriends and more creative time. I want to listen to more music, watch less television and read more. I want to cook and bake more. Ok, I guess I want a lot!!
I have been thinking of my 'one little word' for 2008 (an Ali Edwards inspired activity) and I came up with SOUL. My word last year was BALANCE and it served me well - balance will always be a go-to word for me - so key to living well. But, this year I am going to try to focus on SOUL. Yes, SOUL. I want to live with more soul - everyday!! I want to savour, to do, to feel, to encourage, to comfort. I want a fun and soulful home and a life that is uplifting and empowering for me, my husband, my kids and my friends and family. I want to soak it all in and send it back out. I want to be good to others (even those I don't know) and to the environment. I want to find solutions and not problems. I want to move forward. I want to feel at peace. I want to be a good soul.
I'm sure I've rambled on, maybe it's the post-holiday-fatigue setting in, but I have come to know that life is short and on my one trip around here I want to make it count. Sometimes it's hard to feel whole when you are a stay-at-home Mom in an often flashy world - nothing too fancy about what I do - but there is beauty in that and I want to savour it.
So, today there is no photo... there are not bells and whistles... just a girl with some thoughts on living a better life.
When I started with this post it was January 1st and since I have carried on past mid-night I now realize that it is January 2nd - and today would be my Grandma's birthday. So cool to think of her now as I write about bettering my life and bringing in more soul. Grandma had a beautiful soul - she was a good, good soul. Love you, Ma.