Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, from our family to yours!

Photo by Leann Marie Photography
With two little ones running around ... ok, more like one running and one inching along like a worm at alarming speeds ... our Holiday season was chaotic, but joyful!

Photo by Leann Marie Photography
I am happy, though, to be putting away the holiday decorations and looking towards the year ahead.  I've really been enjoying reading through all of the year-in-review posts {at like 3 in the morning, while my littlest man is feeling like chattering, rather than sleeping} from all my favorite blogs.  It was my intention to share a similar post, but in reality that's just not going to happen with life as it is right now... it would take me until March to get one together.  Instead, I'd like to share a few thoughts and hopes for 2014.

I've always loved yoga, but it wasn't until recently that I started practicing regularly.  I knew after my first drenching week of Bikram classes that not only was I hooked, but that the peace and harmony my practice was bringing to my soul and my family was going to be life changing!

I had already been toying with the idea of using Balance as my word for 2014, but then I came across this amazing post by Sarah Jane, likening the family-work-self balancing act to Tree pose.  If you haven't read it ... please take a moment ... I'll wait! :)

When you're in Tree pose, the only way to achieve balance and stillness is to constantly keep your foot moving.  Sarah Jane says,
The way you achieve balance [in life], is by constantly moving from one thing to the next, but always rotating around your center core of beliefs.
When you have your priorities in line, when you are focused on what are THE most important things in your life, you are free to shift from this thing to that, because you ALWAYS rotating around your center.
Picture by Sarah Jane Studios

Such a powerful idea - thank you so much to Sarah Jane for saying it so eloquently!  Like so many other Moms/Business Owners, I often struggle to find a way to juggle kids, husband, self, and work. Peace and harmony, however chaotic, can be found by keeping my family at the center and letting whatever is important enough fall into place around them, while letting those not so important things drift off to the sidelines (or even just fall away).

The Bikram yoga practice consists of 26 different yoga poses, done twice each in a 105 degree room with 30%-60% humidity.  The first half of the poses are standing poses, and one of the last poses before moving to the floor routine is Tree pose.  While I'm not great at it {yet} it's one of my favorite poses for several reasons.  After working through the ten rigorous previous poses, it's a signal that the hardest part (at least to me) of class is almost over, and that corpse pose - a much needed half-way resting point - is just ahead!  It always reminds me a bit of bedtime struggles, knowing that a possibility of a few minutes of peace is almost within reach.

It's also the point in class, while we're all balancing, dripping in sweat, that our teacher always says the same three words:

It's a reminder of what we should have foremost in our minds throughout practice, and I think throughout daily life as well ... so I'm choosing them as my words for 2014!

I'm learning that it's important to focus as much as possible on the task at hand, whether it's dishes, tea parties, or just changing diapers.  Too often, I find myself running around trying to do seven chores or write three patterns, while loading the dishwasher and having a Sesame Street dance party.  In the end, everything takes twice as long to do and I don't to a very great job at any of it.  I think I've been trying to learn this lesson for years!

At the same time, I often forget to stop and catch my breath ... and simply enjoy the moment at hand.  Deep down, I know my kiddies won't be little forever and I need to remember to enjoy every second of it that I can.  Spending time goofing around with hubby and the boys is never, ever time wasted.  I also need to remember to stop and breathe when life gets chaotic and stressful.  Sometimes that single action can make all the difference!

Lastly, it's important to take opportunities for stillness and self-care in our whirlwind life.  This is, perhaps, the single hardest lesson of motherhood for me.  Taking time to sit and read a book, or leaving for two hours to attend a yoga class, used to seem like a cop-out or selfish indulgence.  I'm learning, though, that I take much, much better care of my family if I spend a little time taking care of myself.  It's not indulgence - it's healthy and sane. :)

So those are my thoughts and goals for the upcoming year.  With that, I'd like to thank you for making our first year as Cora's Quilts such a success and pleasure!  I look forward to continuing to make great friends and sharing our many adventures in the year{s} to come!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful family photo! And I understand what you mean about taking time for yourself. At times you can feel guilty about it, but you are much better person when you make time for it:)