Overall, dropping the "I could be doing more" attitude truly improved my second year as a mom. Sure, I spent some time trying to get my daughter to eat more solids and sleep better, but again, I didn't put any unrealistic, strict goals or deadlines in place. After months of agonizing over the two aforementioned parenting issues in 2011, I let go of comparisons or expectations. She and I just went with the flow all year long. I put very little pressure on her to change and as a result, I am able to truly enjoy letting her enjoy being a toddler. It appears to be working quite well, because even though neither of us has slept through the night or given up on this extended nursing business, we're both pretty happy gals.
My new attitude has definitely improved the relationships I value with other family and friends. While I still do my fair share of bitching and whining about this or that, I am not constantly harping on self-improvement, which we all know can get incredibly annoying. Nothing kills a nice conversation quicker than dropping a few "But I'm soooo fat" statements.
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When I look back on my year, I think of another quote that was presented to me by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits:
"A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu
That should give you a clue as to what my plans for are for 2013.
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Are you setting New Year's Resolutions for yourself this year?