New Year, New Start

Hey there everybody!

Where the heck have I been?  I guess I became totally consumed by the holiday season...  Well, I am back now and it is a NEW year which in my brain means a chance to make some positive changes in my life.


And thank the sweet lord that the new year is here.  I don't know about you but I was THRILLED to see that school bus pull up to take my kids off to school.  I have a hard time with no routine and endless hours of time together.  Add too much sweets, too much screen time and visiting friends and family and I seriously want to run away to a tropical island - ALONE!  Yes, these are all things that I could take control of but I am an American, therefore I am swept away by the over-indulgence of the season, just like the rest of you....  Even though I know it turns us all, kids and parents alike, into crazy people.  Oh well, the new year is here, time to get it together, right?

There are a few projects I am really excited to be a part of in 2012.  The first is called 52 Parenting Tools in 52 Weeks (http://www.singledadbrad.com/2011/12/52-parenting-tools-in-52-weeks.html).  This is led by a man who writes the "Single Dad Brad" blog.  This experiment challenges parents to focus on one Positive Discipline tool each week and to share their progress.  The really exciting thing about this is that there is a whole community of people working on the same tools each week and discussing the challenges and successes.  The tools are a part of the Positive Discipline Parenting Tool Cards.  They are literally a deck of cards with a parenting tool on each one.  There is even a smartphone app for these!  If you interested go to http://www.positivediscipline.com/ and order yourself some...

So anyways, I am real excited about this.  The first week is Listening, and I printed out the information on the card to post all over the house and in my car so I can keep it in the forefront of my mind as I spend time with my kids.  So often parents tell me, "It's so hard to remember to use PD when I'm not a part of the class."  My advice is to look for ways to immerse yourself in PD.  If this is the type of parent you want to be, look for opportunities to continue your learning!  That's what I have to do...  I also have 3 back-to-back parenting classes to facilitate that will take me into June - woohoo!  This is my way of immersing myself.

The other project I am going to be a part of is the Happiness Project at my local YMCA.  Have you read the book???  Nows the time friends!  The was the inspiration for my post in December about my 12 Commandments.  Gretchen Rubin is a hero in my book and has created a really easy way to create the life you want to live.  We meet the first Friday of the month to talk about the book and our personal goals...  Again, this is how I create change - I find a group to be held accountable to and I do it!  Gretchen (the author)  has a blog too - www.happiness-project.com.  Get the book, grab some friends, MAKE IT HAPPEN!  Change starts with YOU, people!

I am already in love with 2012...  Yes, its only been 4 days but I feel as though  I am off to a great start.  I promise I will get back to writing about parenting the next time  I post, I just wanted to share with you all the things I am going to do for me that will ultimately make me a better parent, partner, and friend.  Not only that, I will be letting the GREATNESS that I know is inside of me come BURSTING out!!!  That's my plan :). 

I want to leave you all with a quote that I believe I have posted before.  Don't know the author but I LOVE the words...

"I can take an active role in this situation and watch it become my truth, or I can wait, thinking it will happen just because I want it to."

What do you want YOUR truth to be?

Smiles ~ Casey