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December 30, 2017

2017: The End

There’s just one day left in this year and I am actually quite ready to get ‘er done. I realized this morning that this year was rough. Though I wonder if it’s because I didn’t put in much effort to make things great.  I’m going to make things happen in 2018.

As I was making a list of goals for the new year, I broke it down into categories:

  1.  Things to try.
  2.  Things to quit.
  3.  Things to change.
  4.  Things to continue.

I want to try sewing.  I got a sewing machine for Christmas last year (2016) and it made it out of its box but I haven’t used it once.  I found it was easier to make excuses.  “I don’t know how to sew!”  or “I don’t have time to learn!”  Not going to let myself off the hook this time.

I want to quit being quick to anger.  Sometimes, when I’m having a bad day or when the boys just aren’t listening, I will become so frustrated and lose patience and then start yelling.  I immediately feel guilty after my tantrum.  I’ve been reading up on ways to not lose my temper and I’m going to implement these techniques.

I want to change my fitness routine.  Sometimes my motivation falls by the wayside after just a few weeks of working out.  Instead of doing the same old routine I”m going to shake things up.  I’ve signed up for yoga and this kills two birds; it helps me to be calm (eliminating anger) and it keeps things interesting.

I want to continue being present at home with my children.  Sometimes I worry about all the things I have to get done, but over the last few months I’ve been more conscious of time and work hard to interact with my kids in meaningful ways.  Gannon and I have read books almost daily for the last year, and I truly enjoy this time with him.  Owen and I have gone on dates together, too.  I like connecting with him one-on-one.  As the middle child I know he often feels shorted on time with me.  And with Dawson, I make a point to ask him about his day and find out what’s going on in his life.

I think 2018 will be a much better year!

Posted by Dana 9:18 PMBlogging,The Dana FilesNo comments  

June 13, 2017

The Dana Files 2.0: Back to Basics

This blog needs an overhaul.  It came to my attention when my oldest son “discovered” my blog.  He’s known about it for awhile but never actually read any posts.  I haven’t shared the link with him either.  He just graduated sixth grade and his friends have entered the Google age.  They Google everything.  My 12-year-old came home upset because they Googled his name and found embarrassing posts about how much his mother loves him, my nickname for him, and more.

I felt sad that he was upset because I never intended to cause him embarrassment.  The decision was made to make all previous posts private until I have the time to go through them and remove names and other identifying information. However, my name is still public and anyone with basic investigation skills can probably figure out who I’m writing about. I have decided to start from scratch with this little blog.

Blogging is a creative outlet for me, a way to share my thoughts and feelings, and to dissect much of what I read about politics and news.  I like to think that I’ve been doing this long enough to know what makes for a good blog, but over the last eleven years, I’ve lost my focus.  This has a lot to do with being a mother of three, working full time and not having spare time to write.  I’ve been keeping a diary of more personal details, written by hand, and it’s very cathartic. There are many facets of my life and I hope to document what I’m experiencing.

So, here’s to reinvention!

Posted by Dana 10:54 AMBloggingNo comments  

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