Lucy and I open up a box full of goodies from Craft City by Karina Garcia. Video just ahead.
My daughter’s been doing this thing lately. She looks me intently in the eye, sometimes holds my face in her tiny hands, but often and sincerely asks, “Mommy, are you happy?” Sometimes the answer is simple and direct. “Yes, honey. I’m very happy.” Other times, and probably too often, I don’t know what to tell her.
I’m not one for resolutions. Two years ago, I shared how I was breaking away from the 365-day deadline and opting for more of a long-term perspective. And I still stand by that. But I can see the appeal in setting short-term goals that build towards the proverbial bigger picture. To help shed light on making resolutions that stick, here’s Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist. Read on for her expertise.
Have you ever looked back and caught sight of yourself in a Target three-way mirror? Let me rephrase. Have you ever wandered into the cute Juniors section at the front and convinced yourself you still look young enough to pull off those trendy Mossimo and Xhilaration pieces? Well, if you’re over thirty, raising a small child, and favoring sleep over exercise (like me) I’m willing to bet you have. I’m willing to bet you know just how jarring that sight can be. And, oh, how irrevocably disappointing.
Today marks five years since I started this blog. And if I’m honest, I’ve been feeling a little lacking in inspiration lately.
When I started blogging back in 2004 (those LiveJournal days!), the appeal was that I could hide behind the page and just get the words out without having to really show my face. Not that I wanted to hide behind anonymity – it wasn’t really about that at all. It was really more about my overwhelmingly introverted side remaining just that: out of view and happily so.
The thing about resolutions is that I’m absolutely terrible at them. I don’t really get them. I rarely make them. And when I do, chances are I’ll forget about them in less than a week. So this year, I’ve decided to make long-term goals instead. Here’s what I’m planning for 2015 and beyond.
There are certain times of year when I wish for seasonal changes and colorful leaves on the ground. But enjoying a day of Miami’s crisp yet sunny fall weather this weekend easily made me forget that. In search of outdoor entertainment for Lucy, who is now a vocal and vibrant 19-month-old, led us to some of Miami’s most scenic spots.