Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Welcome 2013

It has been over one week since I published my last post.  The family video was a great way to end the year of blogging.  I will admit I watched it a hundred times.

However, with previous posts and after I did that video post, you might think that my family and I have cartoon hearts coming out of our eyes for each other;  that the children are just like the Brady's or that I am as perfect as June Cleaver.

It's just not true.  I just don't write about it here on this blog. 

The truth is I have really bad days.  In fact, two days after I posted that video I took two naps, flipped out on every kid, checked out by 8pm and went to bed.  So we are not like those icons from TV, but it doesn't mean I don't aspire to be.

In the blogosphere there are many women out there choosing to pick a special word to keep them focused on how they want to live this year of 2013.  For instance the word might be Joy, or Love, or Organization, Or Service.  I wasn't planning on participating in picking a word, but one word kept creeping into my head this week so I'm going to go with it.  I think it will help me a lot.

Want to know what it is?  It is.... drumroll please......


I was in the produce department at the grocery store and I had this sudden urge to buy more than the usual bananas, apples, and potatoes.  Same old, same old.  I said to myself that I need to start being more purposeful in what I buy and what I make my family to eat.  Then I thought it was strange that that word came into my mind since I don't think I've ever used it.

For the rest of the day that word stuck with me and made an appearance in my brain with every decision I was making and action I was doing.

What I ate for lunch;  why I was logging onto the computer;  what after school snack I had ready for the kids; what time I went to bed;  when did I make time for prayer?

So, for 2013 this will be my mantra :   Purposeful.

For all of the resolutions I might have made, being purposeful will hopefully help me accomplish some or maybe even all of them.

Be purposeful in the time I go to bed -- More rested and healthy.
Be purposeful in reading one chapter a night before turning out the light-- Desire to read more.
Be purposeful in NOT hitting the snooze button a million times-- Make time for daily prayer.
Be purposeful in what I eat-- Desire to lose weight.
Be purposeful in what I drink-- Less dehydrated means less hungry and hopefully no more kidney  stones.
Be purposeful in walking Vader--Exercise plus making the greatest dog in the world happy.
Be purposeful in cooking--Get Bill and kids to eat healthier.
Be purposeful in logging onto the computer--Spend more quality time with my family.
Be purposeful in watching TV--Why do I even waste my time?

It's a start, and the last few days have been quite productive, I must say.

As I write this last line I see that it's 9:59pm.  Time for bed!  Oh no wait...Chicago Fire is coming on.

Dang, this is going to be hard.


  1. What a great word! I don't think I've seen that one from anyone else.

  2. Good morning, Kathleen! I love this post. I can relate to it on so many levels. Thank you for the insight and honesty. I am right there with you! Have a great Thursday, friend!

    P.S. Love the Brady Bunch reference! I always wondered how Mrs. Brady could be so patient and sunny all the time. Now I realize, if Alice lived here and did all my cleaning and cooking, I would be too! : )

  3. I have notice many of the same posts. I have put much thought into this as well. I feel I may have lost some of my "joy" and that is my word this year.
    I love what you have picked! It really makes you stop and think before you do anything.
    Happy New Year!

  4. I love your word...and your honesty!

  5. Love the word!!! Mine is "content". Trying to learn to be content with what I have and stop comparing myself to others, like your perfect Brady Bunch family. ;)

  6. How funny i emailed you a purpose-less youtube video 5 minutes before I read this blog. You can delete it!!

  7. Hi Kathleen,
    Purposeful is a great word!

    Thanks for letting us know that your family isn't I was beginning to think mine was the only less than perfect (uhm...way less)one in the blogosphere :)

  8. prayers for a fruitful and purposeful journey in 2013. may you keep striving for perfection - ALL FOR!