Happy (Intentional) New Year!

Last year, I was in survival mode.

I had a good excuse.  Make that excuses.  A new job.  A new book.  A new house.  A horrendous pregnancy.  A new baby. Sleepless nights.  Relationship struggles.

But excuses aside, I’m now realizing that I let things slide.  I let my relationships move to the back burner because I was so busy carpooling and sleep training and breastfeeding to notice.  I let my parenting slide because I was too exhausted to be intentional.  I let my writing slide because I was too busy to focus.

But this year, I’m going to change that.

This year, I’m going to be intentional.  As a parent.  As a wife.  As a writer.

And with that in mind, here are my blogging resolutions for this year.

  1. I resolve to be real.  There are days that my life is a mess.  There are days that I yell at my kids when they don’t deserve it.  Days when my husband and I fight.  Days when I find myself sitting on the stairs with tears streaming down my face wondering how I’m going to manage even five more minutes.  But last year, I never blogged about those times.  Because for some reason, I felt like I had to portray myself as put together, sane, perfect.  As if the world would like me better if they thought I was the perfect mom, perfect housekeeper, perfect wife.  But it’s not true.  And this year, I want to be real.
  2. I resolve to be intentional.  I’ve decided to focus on intentionality this year—which means I’m going to  intentionally focus on an intentional topic each month.  Sounds intentional, right?  It is!!  Glad you’re getting it. One caveat:  I haven’t figured out what I’m going to be intentional about each month… yet… but I promise to do so before each month begins.  For January, I’m going to be intentional in my conversations with my kids.  Which means instead of spending breakfast each day nagging my kids to eat quickly and finish their bananas, I’m going to engage them in conversation that (hopefully) will get them thinking, growing and learning.
  3. I resolve to be a good blogging friend.  I’ve been horrible about this recently (see:  excuses).  I rarely visit any of y’alls blogs anymore and that’s a horrible, sad thing.  I love reading your thoughts, goals and stories—and I relish the camaraderie I have with other bloggers.  So, no more slacker blogger anymore!  This year, I’m going to be out there… and I’m going to be reading and commenting on what you have to say.

That’s it.  What are your blogging resolutions this year?


  1. This is such a great post, Erin and I love the goal of being “intentional” in each thing you do and each goal you set. :)

    As for blogging, my goal is to make sure I stay consistent and post each Monday like I am suppose to. I also want to reach out and meet more authors (and readers), increase my following, and gain more friendships through my writing.

    Here’s to 2012! Woot!

  2. Love your authenticity! You’re a gift to a lot of women.

    As for my blog resolution…it’s just to get going.

  3. Hi Erin! I saw your comment on the Books & Such blog and realized I hadn’t visited here in a while. I’ve missed you! :) For some reason your site isn’t showing up in my blogroll, so I’ll rectify that soon!

    Hope you have a wonderful new year!

  4. Okay, that just sounds like work. Makes me tired just thinkin’ about it. Clearly, you must wear a cape and tights. ;o)

    Me? The resolutions I made on my blog are just a little bit different… *snort*

  5. I thought this post was very real! Most of us can relate to getting sucked up and sucked in by life. And trying to find a blogging voice in the midst of that can seem nearly impossible. I’m having my third child this year, and I don’t plan to take a break from blogging (nor am I’m going to hurt myself trying to stick to a rigid schedule). I’m just going to blog when I can and try to share the adventure and the struggles with my readers. Perhaps it will help me keep my sense of humor? We’ll see.

    Happy New Year!

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