Welcome to the first edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama!
In the month of January, we start afresh, a new year, new ideas. Hence, our participants have looked into the topic of “Birth and New Beginnings”. Take a look at the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
- John Lennon
Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my way on some things that I believe in very strongly. It happened this summer with my garden: I started out in the spring with big dreams and aspirations, and by August my interest waned and fizzled and my garden withered. I went from washing my clothes with homemade detergent and line drying them to pouring on chemical cleaner in a plastic jug from the grocery store and running my dryer in the heat of the summer. Even little details – like taking reusable shopping bags to the grocery – fell by the wayside. Why did I stop? It is as though I started to have this mental ennui towards things that were once so very important to me. Where did my passion go?
With the start of a new year comes new resolutions for many: new goals, new hopes and new aspirations. I find myself rediscovering old passions and renewing my love of things that had been put on the back burner. I am thinking about new ways to go green. I’m making an effort to be an example to my son of living harmoniously with the planet. I’m becoming more aware of the products we buy, the foods we eat, the choices we make. These are all things that make me happy, that make me feel right with the world, and if I’m not doing them, then I’m doing something wrong.
With that, I have made a short list for the new year. These aren’t resolutions or even aspirations. They are just things that I enjoy doing because they feel right; because they invigorate me and remind me of who I am. I’m renewing myself, resetting to a place that I like much better.
In 2012, I’m going to make more of an effort to be less of a consumer.
In 2012, I’m going to use fewer chemicals in my home.
In 2012, we’ll go through a lot fewer trash bags because REDUCE is the most important part of reduce, reuse, recycle.
In 2012, I will have a compost bin.
In 2012, my garden will be fabulous, and if it isn’t, it won’t be because I didn’t put in enough effort.
In 2012, my clothes line will grow very tired of me.
At the end of 2012, I will feel better about the person that I am – more confident, more sure, and more happy – than I was at the close of 2011.
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be live and updated by afternoon January 27 with all the carnival links.)
- Becoming Intentional with My Time Valerie at Momma in Progress shares the beginning of her year-long journey toward more intentional living.
- Alirik’s Birth Story: Sweet Surprise Lauren at Hobo Mama tells the sweet surprise unassisted home water birth story of her second child.
- My Rebirth: An Honest Look Darcel at The Mahogany Way talks a little about some of the fear and insecurity she’s felt over the years since starting her parenting journey and her blog.
- Trusting My Body: Ailia’s Birth Story After a very challenging birth with her son, Dionna at Code Name: Mama was nervous about having another natural birth. But practicing relaxation techniques and birth affirmations proved to be just what she needed to have her perfect, peaceful, unassisted homebirth.
- My Homeschool Philosophy Paige a Bay Dust Diaries shares her new year’s resulution about homeschooling.
- Yet Another Resolutions Post... Zen mummy‘s resolutions for a better 2012
- Renewing Green Passions in the New Year Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction talks about renewing a passion for green living in the new year
- Birthing and New Beginnings… And Better Mothering Sheila at A Living Family shares her first ever New Year’s resolutions to be a more mindful, compassionate and respectful mother to her two-year old daughter after the recent birth of her son.
- An Open Letter to MTV Regarding 16 and Pregnant Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama delivers a pointed message to MTV about how they misrepresent birth and parenthood on 16 and Pregnant.
- Setting Intentions Megan at The Other Baby Blog shares another way to ring in the New Year.
- Spencer’s Birth Story Momma Jorje shares her family’s story of birthing her son with Down syndrome.
- Looking Forward, Looking Back Erica @ ChildOrganics shares how she is able to look back at the loss of their daughter and yet move forward with her family at the same time.
- Unique unto Itself. Melissa of Vibrant Wanderings has chosen a word for her second child’s birth: awareness.
- The Unassisted Birth of The LIttle Buddha. Laura at Authentic Parenting shares the birth story of her new baby
- Birthing and Resolutions: Keeping Good Things in Motion. MudpieMama shares her VBAC story and why she skipped making resolutions in the traditional way.
- The Birth of a New Era by Mandy from Living Peacefully With Children