Occasionally, I write on Medium about motherhood, mental health, body image, and all that that entails. Here’s a story I wrote when I was 35 and Lucy was 2. Hope you enjoy it.
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.
Today is Lucy’s 18 month milestone. And even as I’m typing this, I feel a lump in my throat and a knot in my stomach. But as she prepares to leave infancy behind, I, too, am doing my best to leave the heavy weight of Mom Guilt in the past.
One of the reasons I began blogging, other than wanting a creative outlet, was the inspiration I felt from the amazing women who were doing it so well. These women have been around for years, paving their own path and sharing their own creative passions with their readers, something that propelled me to share my own voice. I’m now sharing them with you, hoping to spread a little love and light.