I have a confession to make.
I set up the blog hop Grooving Mums back in September 2011. Very quickly, I started setting challenges to help people move forwards. I did some of the challenges but only a few of them really. So this year, I commit to challenging myself and following through. So to start with the challenges I set yesterday for the lovely Groovy Mums past, present and future.
1. Did you over-indulge over the festive season? What can you do to prepare for the life-changing journey ahead in terms of improving your health?
I over-indulged not only over Christmas but really from my birthday in mid-December. With the return of the children to school tomorrow and some semblance of normality, I will return to healthy eating and also up the exercise levels from zero to hero(ine). I know I can do it because I made huge strides last year losing weight and dropping dress sizes. I also want to push myself to get all those niggly little health things like smear tests sorted. I have a terrible habit of neglecting myself on that score.
2. What do you need to change your mind about? Have you written yourself off in some way? How can you shift negative thinking patterns?
I need to stop telling myself that if I have not done it already, I will never do it. That applies to so many things from mundane stuff like learning to drive to being a better wife and parent to writing that best-selling novel.
I need to ease up on myself but also others around me and to stop expecting perfection. It isn’t realistic and it stresses me out to such a degree.
3. This week, Christians celebrate the Epiphany. Here is one dictionary definition for the word epiphany “a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.” What does this mean to you?
I am not going into details but I do realise after a very recent event that I need to monitor family finances and take control of them. Him Indoors, whilst lovely, is not any good at budgetting so I am taking control and looking forward to seeing the positive results of that.
4. Are you aware of all the blogging networks you can get involved with? Is it worth you checking them out and promoting your efforts to sparkle to a wider audience?
I am currently wondering just how many blogging networks we need. There seem to be more and more emerging. I think there is a danger that if you like blogging, it can become far too much the be all and end all to the detriment of other things.
I like writing and I like engaging with others. However, from time to time, I start showing way too much interest in what “the world” thinks of me in terms of awards, rankings and so on. It is all too easy to get sucked into what is at the end of the day largely meaningless nonsense. I don’t want blogging to excess or rather blogging networking to excess getting in the way of me developing my groove.
Having said all that, part of getting my post-Christmas groove back was to redesign my blog into this very pink and much more me look. It took a fair few hours and there are probably more tweaks to do. What do you think to it so far?
Something I do want to see featured on this blog is real stories from real mums facing real issues. I will take guest posts and probably run some initiatives around topics that I feel need highlighting all as part of getting the message out to society that mums need to be valued. Everyone will benefit (children, partners, employers) when society wakes up to the fact that mums do their best in most cases and don’t enjoy being written off as anything other than “just a mum” from the moment they leave the labour ward.
Tomorrow, my 2012 groovy journey starts for real.
Join me and enjoy the bumpy ride.