Finding myself on this blog has been a slow evolutionary process, but I think I’m getting there. I know I didn’t bother with an end of the year post or a “resolutions” bit. I don’t believe in hard-definitions like “I’m going to lose 20 pounds” or “I’m going to give up X.” The reason why is that you either don’t meet your expectations and then you feel like a failure, or you overshoot them and then you get lazy about future improvement cause you’ve already met quota.
Here’s my 2014 resolution, as far as it goes: I’m going to grow. As a person, as a mom, as a force in the blogosphere.
I once had a boss describe me as a bull. Once I get fixated on something, I charge and I don’t stop. I thought that was a rather negative way of putting my qualities, because I’m not an unreasoning being who is incapable of making judgement calls–I just have a different set of standards. Personally, I prefer to think of myself as a river. I’m hard to deter. If I get thwarted, I seek a different channel.
I am a problem solver. I am inexorable. Not a giver-upper.
I’m glad I decided to make this section, because it gives me a place to talk about things that aren’t just food. Sometimes I just have to talk about what else might be going on besides what’s in my kitchen. Things that aren’t just me blowing steam off at BLUNTmoms. By the way, did you know? They actually trust me enough to be an editor over there now.
Anyway, I’m not the only one who’s engaged in growth and change. Resolution or no, January seems to be the time when everyone’s doing something just a little crazy to reach outside of their usual boundaries. People are doing the 100 day challenge thing like nuts.
I did think to myself, it would be cool to do a 100 day challenge in learning how to jog. I’ve never jogged in my life, and I have always wanted to figure out how. So I’m doing it, and my rear end is sore. I’m not going to commit myself on the blog or anything, because honestly my jogging abilities are pathetic and I don’t want to document exactly how bad it is. We’ll just say I’m afraid I’d be the “special needs” person at a Learn-to-Run group at the Runner’s Room. Besides it’s day 2, and with my luck I’d twist my ankle or something the moment I started publicizing it. Challenge failed.
Though my challenge would probably be more comical than awesome, someone else I know is doing a really cool challenge that I wanted to tell people about.
Deanna, who blogs at Maple Leaf Mommy and I met a couple months ago at BlissDom Canada, is collecting for the Canadian Cancer Society. She has this gorgeous hair, all the way down to her waist. She has committed to cutting an inch of it for every $100 donated via the link on her blog. The donated hair is going to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which provides free wigs to cancer patients.
I cut the hair off someone who was undergoing chemo. It was someone I loved. Losing his hair was devastating to him. I am grateful that there are people in the industry trying to make things a little bit better for patients who are already going through a brutal treatment.
Please grow with me as a person this 2014 and consider donating either money to this cause or hair of your own–she has information on her site for doing both.
Thanks, my readers.