Saturday, July 18, 2009

Where to begin...

Where does one begin when they want to be a kick ass mommy, rock-star, yoga teacher, massage therapist, aerobics teacher, green consultant, crafter and blogger? Well, I'm not sure but I guess we're going to find out. I went to MT school and graduated in '01. I need to take the boards (I never did...sneaky me). I've been an aerobics instructor and I need to update that (not really a big deal except I'm REALLY out of shape right now).
I am so over being a secretary and I want to have a job that allows me to spend the maximum amount of time with my family.
It's rough because you know that you need to work and help the family but I see how my daughter is when I work too many hours (which is frequently requested of me) and it's not good. She's lonely and whiny and moody when I work too much, it makes me sad. I don't know how our society can possibly believe that it's okay for both parent's to work. I can see it in my daughter and I'm sure if other parents would slow down for a minute they could see it in their child too. Everyone says, "well, that's just the way it is" and "things aren't like they used to be". But why? I want to scream "WHY?" from the rooftops.
When did we decide it was okay to pull children from their family unit and place them in the care of strangers at 6 weeks old? If that is your plan, I'm not sure why you would bother to have a child. I know this is a strong statement but I feel strongly about it. You have a baby and place him or her in the care of someone else, work full-time, argue with the hubby about who will pick the kid up, rush home, make dinner and put the tot to bed, wake up and repeat. How much time do you even spend with your child? 2 hours a night? Is it quality? I've found that the answer to that is "no".
I'm not here just to whip folks about their lifestyle. I am here looking for solutions. We can do better. We should be with our children. It's against nature to leave your young. It's insanity and it's time to stop!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Men and Gift Bags

So yesterday I had a discussion with my lovely sister-in-law about her fiance attempting to get rid of her gift bag/tissue paper collection. I understood the horror completely as my husband has attempted the same to be met with cries of "we HAVE to recycle", "I keep them in the basement" and the one that appeals to him most "Do you know how much money I've saved in the last year because of these bags?" I should have kept a running total because I have saved a ton. See we have bags from our wedding, showers, bachelorette party, baby girl bags, baby shower bags, birthday bags and Christmas bags. I throw out no bag. It was only last year that I started carefully folding and storing tissue paper. At every party involving our family someone (a little too soon after a gift being opened) yells "you gonna keep the bag?" We don't care what was in it. We want bag gold. So sister bag keepers unite, for we are the savers of the money and the planet!
I will be posting bag photos, honestly my collection is not that bad but it sure comes in handy.

New Bloggeritis

So I think I have new bloggeritis, self-diagnosed. Filled with anxiety (am I good enough), fear (will they like me) and excitement (I have so much to say, every thought turns into a blog).
One thing I was thinking about is the fact that I am attempting to blog about an area that I am still developing, my natural, crafty and organic self. I'm not totally new to these things, just an eternal work in progress.
My latest read (from the library of course) is "Gorgeously Green" by Sophie Uliano. I'm so excited to start, I'll let you know how it goes. With a toddler in the house it's rough to find reading time. All of these wonderful women blog about reading, making jam, crocheting and doing yoga while raising 5 kids...I have no clue how they do it. If you do it, please write a blog for me to read (then write a book and make a movie) and shout it from the mountain tops.

Begin at the beginning...

I am so excited to begin this blogging journey. I am a lifelong learner, always interested in learning more about everything. I can't fixate on any one thing. I love my family, sewing, crafting, cooking, relaxing and researching everything!
I have not really found my career "path" because too many things interest me. I have done everything from work on a barge (my first job) to massage therapy.
My daughter has brought insane joy to my life. My lifelong pessimism is gone. I want the very best for her in everything.
I am interested in homeschooling and I have been researching Waldorf and Montessori educational systems. I hope to make this a regular blog and a fun journey.