Word of the Year: Communicate

Word of the Year 2020: Communicate

 

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. They’ve just never been my kind of thing. I have always enjoyed doing reviews of the past year, looking back and making note of highlights, favourite things, pastimes, moments, decisions, etc. But a New Year for me doesn’t signal dramatic change or big goal setting. That said, as 2019 drew closer to its end, I pondered participating in the “Word of the Year” {you know, like reflect on where you want to be, where you see yourself & discover a word that resonates, a word that could be your theme for the year}.

So I’ve been reflecting. Visualizing. Considering.

There was one word, in particular, that stood out ~ Communicate ~

I often don’t feel like a very good communicator. I write better than I speak. I too often expect my hubby to read my mind or my actions, instead of just sharing words. We both fully admit communication is the weakest part of our marriage. Beyond that, I let too much go unsaid, even though I talk a lot. The “good stuff”, the stuff of meaning, gets ignored. Avoided maybe.

I want to take ~ Communicate ~ and carry it with me through the coming days.

There are three main elements to the word, that I am focusing on: clarity, consistency, and transparency.

  • Clarity ~ in my meaning and in word usage, as a parent & wife
  • Consistency ~ regular, routine, to the point of daily habit
  • Transparency ~ in my feelings, giving voice to my authentic self

I don’t exactly have an action plan for my word. For now, I just keep repeating it to myself throughout each day. When I see an opportunity to improve my communication, I try to act on that, in that moment. I want to put up some visual reminders around the house too. Have you ever chosen a “word of the year”? Any tips on keeping that word alive for yourself throughout the year?

Hello World

Hello World ~ Open Adoption Journey

 

I know it’s been months since I’ve had time to pop onto here. There’s been just a *few* big changes in our life since June. The biggest by far has been in the area of our adoption journey. We were matched with a birth mama at the end of July, were chosen by her in August and spent as much time as we could getting to know each other before little babe made his appearance.

World, say hello to our son Boaz Asher Dale. Born Oct. 20th.

 

Hello World ~ Open Adoption Journey
Little Bo is healthy & loved by so many. He’s already firmly planted in our hearts. His name means “strength within” and is entirely suited to him and his birth & adoption story.

We brought him home on Oct.21st and have had the honour of being his adoptive parents from day one (with that official title coming in another month or two hopefully).

Hoping to share a bit more about our experience as we learn to navigate conversations dealing with the open adoption process, while being respectful of all the privacy needed for both birth mama and Bo. I love the relationship we have with her & her whole family. We’ve truly adopted a family, not just a baby.

So if you’re wondering where I am, I’ll just be soaking in this little babe & getting all the cuddles I can.

Board Games for Kids

Board Games & Card Games for Kids - From One Mama to Another

 

I’ve probably hinted before that it has been a long winter in these parts. The warm sun is shining, but there are huge mounds of snow yet to melt. And we are currently in the middle of Spring Break for the kiddo. I’m sure we’re not the only ones needing some fresh inspiration for activities, so I’m sharing some of our favourite board & card games to play together.

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Farm Days: Farmhouse Kitchen

Farm Days: Farmhouse Interior Inspiration - Farmhouse Style Kitchen

 

The farmhouse build is chugging along! The growing season will be upon us before we know it {we’ve already got seeds started} and this space needs to get functional real quick! I understand & fully accept that we will be settling into our farmhouse over the coming years, so not every room is going to be completely polished in adorable decor by June. Gosh, we probably won’t even have “finished” flooring in large chunks of the house. C’est le vie. But functioning toilets, sinks & showers and a mostly completed kitchen are top on my list. Today, I’m sharing a peek at the kitchen progress.

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Around Town: Paint Nite

Around Town: Paint Nite - Mom's Night Out

 

Had the immense pleasure of attending my first “paint nite” a couple of weeks ago. It was actually my Christmas gift to my sister-in-law. A mom’s night off to drink wine, chat, and do something creative together. I booked spots in a class at Raw Canvas in Kensington. There are several places around Calgary that offer similar things {even found one for doing “rustic sign painting”, which I would love to try}. I picked Raw Canvas because a friend had attended a paint nite there.

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Farm Days: Farmhouse Bathrooms

Farm Days: Farmhouse Interior Inspiration - Farmhouse Style Bathrooms

 

Now I know that there’s probably some more interesting topics out there than discussing bathrooms, but you have to admit, there is something to a pretty bathroom. Maybe because the bathroom at our house in Calgary is tiny, or maybe because we’ve never had indoor plumbing on the farm, but for whatever reason, I’m super stoked about our farmhouse bathrooms {yes, two}! Plenty of thought, envisioning, and daydreaming is going into them, so I figured I would dish a bit.

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