Changes for a New Year

Welcome to the February edition of the Simply Living Blog Carnival – New Beginnings cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. This month’s topic, our writers consider where they are with their New Year’s Resolutions or new ventures of 2013. Please check out the links to posts by our other participants at the end of this post.



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The beginning of a New Year often brings New Year’s resolutions. A few weeks later, or sometimes less, most of those same people will have given up. Their lofty goals having been too much to change all at once. Because of that, I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions. I assumed that if my grand ambitions were going to go by the wayside, I was pretty much setting myself up for failure. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to enact changes in my life. I do. I just look at it differently.

At the end of 2012, I had decided that there were some things that I would like to change. I’ve taken a simple approach to it. I’m changing and making small habits and giving them time to set in. In January, I worked on taking a moment to  breathe each day. During those times, I didn’t multi-task. I just took value in being. I’ll be honest to say that I learned quite a bit about myself that way. I finally figured out why it is that I never stop working on projects, why I have a hard time saying no to queries for help, and why I feel at a loss if I’m not busy with something.

February is a month to write and begin some projects I’ve long considered but have never begun. While my blogging has been spotty, my writing on larger projects has increased. I’ve already chosen what to work on next: getting back into yoga. I used to really enjoy the feeling of doing yoga and miss it.

Most of us would like to change something about ourselves. None of us are perfect. Whether it is a bad habit we want to change or a healthier habit we want to begin, the potential is always there. We don’t have to save up these changes for a new year. Each day, each moment, is a new beginning: a new possibility. We only have to make the decision to change. If we fall short of our goals, it’s okay, because there is another new beginning starting right now.

Thank you for visiting the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Read about how others are incorporating simple living into their lives via new beginnings. We hope you will join us next month, as the Simply Living Blog Carnival focuses on Clearing the Clutter!



  • Using Special Time to Simply Connect – Amber at Heart Wanderings begins to focus on simply connecting with each of her children for a few minutes of Special Time each day. A deeper connection and sense of joy, softening of emotional outbursts, and less sibling rivalry have resulted from this practice.
  • Redefining Simplicity – Living within our needs – Survivor from Surviving Mexico talks about how moving from a first-world country to a third world country has changed her family’s perception of simplicity. Adapting to this new life has not been easy, but can be done with an attitude of gratitude.
  • Changes – Sustainable mom writes about how she is bringing back a beat to a rhythm that has been falling apart.
  • Listening to my Kids – Christy at Eco Journey In The Burbs is seeking peace and freedom after over-scheduling her daughters.
  • Thankful to Begin Again – Mercedes @ Project Procastinot learns a lesson from her twins.
  • Changes for a New Year – Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children is concentrating on making small changes this year in an effort to make better habits.
  • Parenting Two: A Fresh Start – Joella at Fine and Fair embraces the transition as her family grows as a new beginning by being gentle with herself and realistic with her expectations.
  • Finding Balance – At Authentic Parenting, Laura looks at where she’s gotten fighting depression and spiring to a more harmonious life.


30 Days of Change Blog Carnival: Call for Submissions

January is approaching and with it, people are proclaiming their New Year’s resolutions. In a couple of weeks, most of those resolutions will have been forgotten, lay waste by creatures of habit. The good thing is that habits can be changed!

Hybrid Rasta Mama and Living Peacefully with Children are teaming up to challenge you to 30 Days of Change. Take one month to address one habit. You can choose to eliminate or change a negative habit or add a positive habit to your life. Write about your personal challenge and share with others who are working on their own challenges.

Here are some tips to  help you get started:

  • Keep it simple. Don’ try to do too much at once. Pick one item that you want to change in your life and work toward that. Later on, after you have built this new habit or eliminated an old one, you can focus on changing something else. for now, just work on one thing. This will increase your chances for success.
  • Keep in mind what and why you want to change. It’s great to change a habit for someone else, and our children are often a great reason to cause change. However, don’t forget about yourself. Whether you decide to do something for your benefit or others, the cross over between our interactions will affect everyone.
  • Recognize times or events which may cause you to slide back into old habits. Strive to eliminate or minimize triggers and actively replace your old habits with new ones. If that means you catch yourself participating in an old habit, stop yourself and do a redo.
  • Get help. You don’t have to do everything alone. Ask your family and friends to help you. Seek out others to help you achieve your goal.
  • Don’t give up. Habits don’t change overnight, which is why we are challenging you to take 30 Days to Change!

After your 30 Days of Change, write about your change by February 8th. Be certain to submit it to us via e-mail (Jennifer{at}hybridrastamama{dot}com and mandy{at}livingpeacefullywithchildren{dot}com) and via the nifty form. All posts should go live on February 15th. You can talk about why you wanted to change something in your life, how you went about it, how the change has been positive in your life and the lives of those around you, or whatever else you want to write about your challenge.

We hope you’ll join us as for the 30 Days of Change Challenge and make a positive difference in your life!