Hello 2013!!!

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Hello Beautiful People!!! I’m back and it’s 2013 – how futuristic! Being January and all I figured that it was time we talk resolutions but before looking at those I’d like to mention the inspirations I’ve drawn upon before making mine. But to do that we need to hop into our Delorean and salute last year…

Bon Voyage 2012!

Exhibit A.

On the 21st December the Mayan long count calendar ticked over and the much-dreaded apocalypse didn’t cause so much as a ripple. And without the threat of earthquakes or freaky unknown planets the Mayan calendar has been largely forgotten. And I probably would have forgotten it too had I not read what the actual meaning is. Carlos Barrios from the World Council of Mayan Elders explains…

 “This is not a time of apocalypse. It is a time to let go of old patterns. A time to heal the planet. The Mayans do not want people to believe this is the end of the world. They want people to take this very rare opportunity to come together to find balance and work to heal the damage we have done to Mother Earth”

How gorgeous is that? And why the hell did we all jump to the conclusion that led to mass carnage rather than enlightenment?

Exhibit B (E-A-UUUTIFUL)

Last year also brought the best gift I could ever imagine: our beautiful daughter Lucy Madeline arrived in our arms. Here is a picture of her first minute in the world…

Welcome to the world.

Welcome to the world.

For those playing at home… there’s the reason I haven’t blogged in a while! On my Facebook page (follow me here) I was teased for announcing a 2 week break from blogging ‘while getting this whole parenting thing down’. How wrong I was!

It has been such a wonderful and tiring and messy and funny time not to mention bloody emotional! For example I daily often find myself getting a bit teary when the overwhelming enormity of being a mum washes over me. The thought that I have this entire life in my hands and that it’s my job to teach her how to make the best decisions. How to not only get the most from life but also how to give the most! It’s a good sort of pressure though. The pressure that molds you into a much bigger and better person than you thought you could be.  Anyway, I will stop being drippy and try to focus my sleep deprived mind back on resolutions! But before moving on, here’s one more picture of my gorgeous little Goose…

Love.

Love.

Be Positive.  

Both those 2012 experiences got me thinking. Life is short and precious. I want to spend as much time celebrating it rather than complaining about this or worrying about that. I have far too much good in my life to be anything but absolutely off-the-charts chipper. I feel in the past few years I’ve lost a bit of my spark… getting it back is my primary goal this year. Passing that happiness onto Lucy is my resolution for every year after that.

I will be saying this mantra every morning!

I will be saying this mantra every morning!

My Resolutions

I love me a good list but that aside, making resolutions was particularly fun this year with addition of Lucy. She put a gorgeous perspective on everything and all of a sudden the standard “Lose 5kgs” just didn’t cut it! I won’t bore you with all of them but here are a few of my resolutions for this year…

My Lifestyle Transformation

For anyone who has read this blog before, you may have picked up on my mini (okay… major) girl crush on Jess Ainscough aka The Wellness Warrior (cancer surviving, health goddess). She has developed a cult like following of people wanting to emulate her ridiculously clear complexion and positive attitude and hence designed The Lifestyle Transformation Guide (read about it here) telling people exactly how to achieve it!

Back in December I was lucky enough to win one of these health scholarships and I am already feeling better for it. So a major resolution for me is to complete this course and reach my goal by my 27th birthday – April 13! I can’t wait to blog about it… hopefully the proof will be in the organic chia pudding!

I can't wait to pass all my good habits onto Lucy!

I can’t wait to pass all my good habits onto Lucy!
*illustration by Olive on Blonde*

The Blog

I get so much damn enjoyment out of this blog! I can’t tell you how many wonderful people I have met through it – be they readers or fellow bloggers within the online community. Not to mention amazing opportunities. For example, last year I was on a local radio station discussing my plastic free adventures (see that here) and this year I have been asked to run some workshops on raising Eco Babies at the Less Is More Festival (here is my write up of last years!). I love it and I am more inspired than ever to continue with it. I am dreaming big and will hopefully have some big surprises to announce before the year is out!

**If you want to attend the 2013 Less Is More Festival on February 16th, see the Facebook page here for details. 

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Gratitude Jar

As I mentioned before… I am far too lucky to have days where I feel miserable. Enter: The Gratitude Jar. Each of my family members has a jar in the house and every day we are going to write down something that we are grateful for and store it in our jar (obviously we will have to write little Lucy’s notes for her until she is old enough). Additionally, if we see something particularly beautiful or funny that we want to remember… that goes in the jar too. By the end of the year we will have a time capsule of beautiful memories and the fodder for a pretty epic craft project. I am thinking along the lines of this Sustainabilitree from the Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta

People wrote there green dreams on recycled card before pinning them to the Sustainabilitree!

People wrote there green dreams on recycled card before pinning them to the Sustainabilitree!

Turn off the negativity… literally.

News bulletins and websites exhaust me with information that I have absolutely no use for. It fills precious space in my storage-challenged brain which would be much better served with stories of love and kindness. So a simple solution. I got rid of our TV. I have also banned myself from looking at any news websites. I won’t be ignorant… just selective. If I want information I will search for it, rather than being bombarded with things I don’t need to hear. I am sure any major news that I need will find it’s way to me. And if all else fails Mum and Dad will always keep me up to date on any matters of global significance. For example… if it wasn’t for them I would never have heard about this…

Bet this chimp has the best eyesight!!!

Bet this chimp has the best eyesight!!!

Lets be frank… we are all better for having seen that cheeky chimp stealing all his friends carrots? Au Revoir news… I shant miss you.

How about you?

What are some of your goals this year? How are you going to achieve them? I’d love to hear them in the comments.

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5 thoughts on “Hello 2013!!!

  1. Your daughter is astoundingly beautiful! I’m glad you’ve been able to spend some time with her, and enjoying/surviving this time as a new parent.

    This is a great bunch of resolutions – Heading over to check out the Less is More event now!

  2. Awesome post gorgeous yummy mummy! Hope our Lucy is doing ok and giving you some rest! Crazy innit?

    Sent from my iPhone

    Sarah Allen 0412 939 669 sarahallenconsulting.com.au intrepidallen.com

  3. Gorgeous update as always, Ms Olive! :-) Lucy is beautiful and so are your resolutions. I gave up watching and reading the News a few years ago and really, it was just unnecessary and depressing most of the time. If anything big happens you will hear about it anyway. Much better to focus on the positive and what you can do to help. Looking forward to your 2013 posts. xxx

  4. Pingback: Turn off… I dare ya! | Olive on Blonde

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