December 9, 2011 by themommahen
Volunteer somewhere. Exercise. Do yoga. Keep the house clean. Do laundry regularly. Fold it on the same day I wash it. Put it away. Organize the toys, cull them and donate some. Take better care of the plants. Make a schedule. Stick to it. Try new recipes. Do more crafts with the kids. Decorate for the holidays. In advance. Put the decorations up neatly, back where they came from. Read more. Play more. Freelance some. Organize playdates. Socialize more. Play outside every day. Have a year-round garden. Write a book. Stay in touch with friends better. Pay bills early on time.Volunteer regularly at Hatchling #1’s school. Try voiceovers again. Really learn how to use the manual setting on my camera. Take updated family photos on a regular basis. Frame pictures to hang. Organize the kids’ clothes. Organize my clothes. Sort and file photos. Upload photos and videos on a regular basis. Share them with family and friends. Write letters. Send thank you notes. Write a blog.
This is just an idea of the stream of consciousness I had when daydreaming of becoming a stay-at-home-mom. So naive.
But I did start a blog. And occasionally people read it. And once in a while, someone I don’t even know stops by to comment. But I was surprised when one of those people, Jaguwar, over at The Brown Study-Redux let me know she’d chosen me as one of her Liebster bloggers. (Thanks chickie!)
Apparently someone (I have tried to figure out where it originated to no avail — and I have some mad Google skills!) started this pay-it-forward award with the following guidelines.
“Liebster” is a German word meaning dearest and the award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.
Awww…feel the love people, feel the love!
This is how it works:
- Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
- Reveal your Top 5 blogs (with under 200 followers) and let them know by leaving comments on their blogs.
- Post the Award on your blog.
- Enjoy the love of some of the most supportive people on the Internet.
I noticed that this award got some serious traction during Blogher’s November NaBloPoMo, but since most of the blogs I found during that time already received this award or had more than 200 followers (I guess others agreed with my choices! Talking to you Frazzled & Frumpy!) and the guidelines don’t specify that participation was mandatory for recognition (I’m feeling a bit like if I don’t follow the guidelines I won’t have seven good things happen to me) I’m going to branch out to some who 1) didn’t participate but are well deserving and/or 2) may or may not have more than 200 followers (because I can’t really tell). (I know, I’m such a rebel. In fact, I didn’t make it all the way through NaBloPoMo myself — sshhhhhh!!!) Wow, that’s a lot of parenthetical thinking/writing.
Here they are, in no particular order. Happy reading (and thanks as always for reading me!):
Southern Fried Children The name immediately pulled me in, the writing and stories keep me coming back.
SAHM I AM Another title that pulled me in, and I searched for enlightenment on this blog since she seems to have it going on.
The FourFather A dear old friend, father of four (get it?), filmmaker at heart, who recently was laid off and FINALLY started capturing some of his brilliant storytelling skills on his new blog. I would read this even if he wasn’t one of my friends. Mark my words, this one is a keeper.
Bird Wanna Whistle Another blog that I would read even if it didn’t belong to another dear old friend. But it does, so trust me, you don’t want to miss this one. The photography, the words, the honesty.
City Retreat A fellow PR momma just trying to keep it all going on, and writing about it when she can. A good soul who warms my heart.