3 purple lies

New beginnings

It was a busy weekend, so crazy in fact that I had a couple moments where I was pretty sure my head was going to start spinning and steam would billow out of my ears.  Final reviews, final prep, corrections, two kids bedrooms to paint (that's another post), house to clean for upcoming open houses and to top it off, two very crazy children.
Thankfully my parents and brother were in town this weekend so we had some extra hands...not too sure how we'd pull it off otherwise.  Mostly I was grateful for some diversion for the kids, because let me tell you, they were up to no good.   True story.
I was down to zero patience and stressed to the max with my to-do list.  It wasn't the prettiest parenting weekend on our side and it gave me a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect.  

I mostly thought about my year and what I want to focus on.  I've long given up on resolutions and have instead tried to start thinking about little things that I could focus on.  This year I've decided that it'll be my year of gratitude.  I want to start each day with a grateful heart that in turn, I hope will give me more perspective and patience in all aspects of life.  Now gratitude is quite general so I'm going to take that for January and start with my relationship with my kids.  

This weekend couldn't have been a better way to begin because I was parenting the opposite way that I ever want to.  Luckily for me I stumbled upon the Joyful Mother 30 day challenge and will use this as a focus and a way to get me working towards a more thankful attitude.

So today is day 1 and ironically it is go the entire day without yelling at your children day because I think this past weekend was yell everything at your children weekend.  It's a good start for me and I'm not sure if I'll cover them all but I'm going to do my best to be appreciative of what I have and to make a change in my daily actions.
Wish me luck!