Have I said “thank you” yet? I don’t think I’ve made it public, but thank you, thank you, thank you, for all of the kind words, encouragement and general warm gushiness after my blog redesign announcement. I was a little worried about how it would go down, but I could not have planned a better switcharoo! (Thank you, again!)
I’ve been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (sooo late & behind on my reading list, I know) and it has given me all sorts of great life ideas, perspective and post ideas – I can’t wait to finish it and tell you more. Happiness is a tough thing though. We don’t often think about being happy, but only realize when we are unhappy – or acknowledge the things that make us unhappy. Self-doubt, anxiety, rejection and failure (or the fear of any of these) tend to lead me down that road to unhappiness. This week seemed to be full of it – doubt, anxiety and the fear of failure and rejection, and a little bit of actual failure and rejection -thoughts about baby & motherhood, work, work/life balance after baby, the husband & deployment, all sorts of things that just nagged and tugged at my sense of contentment. The road downward started before me, but as ridiculous as it sounds, some of the thoughts and ideas in Gretchen’s book made me snap back out of it and realize that despite a setback, physical, emotional or mental, that it doesn’t need to detract from my pursuit of happiness (or self-worth). Heavy stuff for a Saturday morning right?
There aren’t many things of the grand to-do list today, so most of the day is going to be spent relaxing and doing things just for me (and baby, can’t forget her). The laundry can wait & the cleaning can be done tomorrow. Instead, I will be planting flowers in the planters for right outside our front door, heading to the hiking trails with Winston, and spending some time reading in the sun with a big glass of lemonade. Sounds like I should get started! First, it’s time for dutch pancakes.
Here are some of my favorite links from the week…
Let’s talk about sex baby… This post from Joanna Goddard actually made me laugh out loud.
With all the ‘baby’ going on around me, this is a refreshing look at not-so-traditional baby shower presents (that I may need to stock up on myself!)
It seems to be the summer of cocktailing and while I am missing out now, I can’t wait to start trying recipes once baby girl arrives. This one just got added to the list!
Did you say cocktails? Because this one looks yummy too! I may need to invest in a bar cart of all of this socializing!
My mom never cut off our crusts or let us eat chips and candy at lunch, so while I have grown to love crusts (and fruits & veggies) I may need to start going crustless – these are too cute!
I need your help! I have been combing through blogrolls and favorite links, but I want your opinion too. What/who are some of your favorite mom-bloggers? Comment here or via Facebook or Twitter. I can’t wait to see!