The Challenge: Each month I’ll choose one characteristic I want to build upon to help me be the best mom I can be. I will determine several goals to help me carve that path, and I’ll report back on my successes and (undoubted) failures, too. In November, my theme is YES.
1. Read a relevant, popular book on the subject and start taking action as I read. November Pick: Year of YES, By Shonda Rhimes
3. Try one new activity that may help me accomplish my goal. November activity: Do one BIG thing I’ve never said YES to before. My husband’s been trying to get me to join him at a marketing conference that he attends in Nashville every quarter. He’s raved about the presentations, the dynamic, the participants, and he thought I might get a lot of out it. I’ve been making excuses for years… “Oh no, I’m pregnant… oh no, not with a newborn… oh no, can’t leave the toddler at home.” Well, enough. It’s only three days, for peat’s sake. So I said YES. I’m going. It’s a big step for me but this month is the month of YES.
4. Determine how I will involve the husband and kids so it’s a family experience, or at least, family benefit. November plan: Say YES to more family events. “Oh, you’re party’s at 1 p.m.? So sorry, that’s nap time. Oh, you want to have dinner on a school night? Um, no.” Not everything can be perfectly timed around my fairytale schedule. I know this. But most of the time, I say NO. Why risk a potential tantrum? Or the mother of all disasters — the mommy meltdown? But again, what am I missing out on when I say NO to these opportunities? Playdates, lunches, kids’ birthdays. New friends, great conversation, Kodak moments. Just say YES, Celeste. Just this month. If it’s a total disaster, I can make December’s theme “NO.” Bwahaha!
This month, I am a YES mom.