Successes, Failures and Resolutions

I haven’t posted on my blog for a few weeks because I’ve been mulling over my direction. Where am I going? I’ve kind of let the blog become a place to record updates on the children, post my menus, and share a bit about our gardening, homeschooling and my crafts. I’ve been told that by documenting what’s important to me, that I’m judging those who don’t make, or are not in the same place to make, the choices we do as a family. I will confess that I mostly document our successes. However, I definitely have my fair share of failures. Whiny children. Sleep fighting. Burnt, or inedible food. Temper tantrums that last all day (from the children and/or their mother).

Sound familiar? I’m sure it does. We all have those moments. Or days. (Or months.) I’m not perfect. There, I said it. As if you ever doubted that I wasn’t. Sure, I’m passionate about a lot of things, especially parenting-related.

Breastfeeding, including breastfeeding past infancy
Cloth diapering
Gentle discipline
Attachment parenting
Whole foods and cooking and baking
Homeschooling
Canning and gardening
Buying local

But I’m not perfect. I lose my cool sometimes. I yell sometimes, even though I try not to. We eat fast food occasionally. We eat junk sometimes. The majority of the time, it’s homemade junk, but still junky. But the choices we’ve made as a family are choices we’ve made for OUR family. They’re what work for US.

On the flip side, I’m definitely not passionate about cleaning. I do it, begrudgingly, and not well, I might add. The floors almost always have dog fur tufts in the corners and dust loves to gather on the end tables. Art projects frequently leave glue spatters or even paint dripped onto our tables that I seldom take the time to scrape away. So, if you’re not passionate about cooking, I completely understand. Don’t do it. Or at least just eke by like I do with cleaning.

I’d love it if you, reader, were passionate about the same topics I am. It’s lonely over here sometimes. But if you’re not, that’s ok, too. That goes for anyone reading this. You do the things you’re passionate about. That’s an order, not an observation please. Whatever that may be. I’m not judging. However, I’m not going to change or stop documenting my passions or beliefs on the blog. That’s another passion that’s been with me as long as I can remember~ writing. What I do is not a reflection on what you do.

My new year’s resolutions: Don’t judge. Be passionate. Stay firm in my own family’s beliefs no matter what’s popular or trendy, in real life or “happy unicorn blog world.”

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4 Responses to “Successes, Failures and Resolutions”

  1. Heather Says:

    I’ve heard a lot lately about people who aren’t happy that “mommy bloggers” don’t portray “real life” and it really, really bothers me. It’s YOUR blog and you can put what YOU want out there. So you don’t decide to dwell on a crappy day and rehash it for all the world? Good for you — I try to do the same because I don’t have time for negativity. I try to surround myself with positivity, because I react strongly to negativity and don’t want it in my life.

    You make some parenting choices that I do not — but you also make some that I do (and yes, I get the same reactions that you’re talking about here — certain people don’t seem to believe me that I don’t care what they decide to do, I just care about what works for us). I have never, EVER felt judged by you. In fact, I feel quite the opposite. That is why I reach out to you with questions and concerns and you always help me and support me, even if you would not make the same choices I do. If nothing else, you’ve opened my eyes to different ways of doing things and I like that. I don’t know who has said whatever to prompt this post, but you just keep right on being you and blogging as you see fit. I’ll be here reading and loving it, even if I do a horrible job of making myself known and commenting. . . .

    “What I do is not a reflection on what you do.” ~ I love it. Perfectly said. Happy New Year, dear friend.

  2. Jezebel Says:

    Goodness, keep sharing your life and adventures. We are all different, with our own priorities and interests.

  3. Tanya Juarez Lundberg Says:

    Who one earth has said that to you???? We are not passionate about all of the same things but I support you and your choices and I like you and your blog :)

  4. Jessie Says:

    I knew we had a lot in common. :)
    Love your blog, but often forget to check it.

    I’m also passionate about…
    Breastfeeding, including breastfeeding past infancy
    Cloth diapering
    Gentle discipline
    Attachment parenting
    Homeschooling

    I strive for Whole foods and cooking and baking but have only recently started getting back into making things myself. My first baby wiped out 2 years for me where I only made items in 15-minute or less spurts of time. :) Now that he’s older and can join me we’ve loved doing more in the kitchen.

    I WANT to garden and can, but I have very little experience in this area. I’m hoping my wintersown turns out into a bunch of healthy seedlings to plant come spring. I’ve never planted more than just a couple things before.
    I do try to buy local food, but mostly that’s a summer-only thing for me.

    Missing from your list are crunchy things that appeal to me. Using rags instead of paper towels, alternative/natural deodorant, no shampoo/conditioner/hair products, cloth napkins instead of paper, family cloth instead of TP, menstrual cup instead of disposable products… I’d put this on my passionate list. :)

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