2015. Five Things.

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Hello! It’s a little late to do this only in February, but here are some things I want to do more of this year:

1. Eat Well. Live Well.

Last year, I had Isaac and despite being very much of a confinement rebel (i.e. I showered everyday, drank water all the time, ate none of the confinement food, and started taking daily walks one week after delivery), I regained my energy level very quickly. And this is despite having a terrible sleeper who remains a terrible sleeper today. Looking back, I think a large part of it was due to the fact that I was eating home most of the time, and Isaac was also getting all of his nutrients from nursing so I made an effort to eat healthy, nutritious food. It wasn’t just that I was generally feeling good, and lost weight fairly fast, I also had the second nicest skin I ever had in my life (the first was when I was pregnant!). Now that I’m back to work and sometimes don’t watch what I eat while I’m outside, I am feeling more sluggish and my skin is getting duller and spottier at times. Eep!

So I resolve to continue to eat more cleanly — less of fried food, fast food, and food laden with salt and preservatives, and more of lean proteins, wholegrains, fruits and vegetables.

And also just to live well in general, to drink lots of water and start an exercise regime. Um, but give me until after Chinese New Year for the latter!

2. Be Still. Be Present.

Last year, I took a large part of the year off after having Isaac, not only to bond with him, but also to spend some time rediscovering my interests. Even though there were a few hectic months when I was trying to manage Isaac, while practicing for one exam or the other, or trying to keep up with random online courses and writing, and still maintain a daily exercise regime, I was still doing one thing at a time. Now that I’ve started work, I find time running short, and end up multitasking a lot. Not all of it is bad, I think, because saying writing papers or planning slides in my head while driving gives me that much more time to spend with the family later; but sometimes I find myself unable to switch off and thinking about work even when I’m playing with Isaac,

So on this note, I resolve to dedicate time to being still — in particular, in the evenings when I’m home from work and seeing Isaac for the first time after a long day away, I want to really be present and pay attention to him.

3. Write More. 

I love writing (which doesn’t mean I’m good at it, just that I like doing it! =)), but until recently, have only written very sporadically. No magnus opus in the works, but I just want to write regularly again; because if nothing else, words capture important moments in a different way than pictures and I want to have these moments to look back upon. Perhaps I’ll start with at least one post a week? =)

4. Give More. 

I don’t think I have ever been short on gratitude for the blessings in my life. But after having Isaac, and having him whole and healthy, I really find myself humbled by how fortunate we have been. And in turn, I want to give more. Not just in terms of giving cents and dollars to charities, but also just to give more of myself, to those I love because I cherish them. To the work I do because it’s meaningful. To strangers with kind words and deeds because the world will always need more of these.

5. Keep Laughing. 

Last night, Isaac woke up almost every two hours to nurse. Sometimes, he would only go to sleep if he drapes himself across me. Of course in the middle of the night with pins and needles from being slept on by a baby, it doesn’t feel so funny and the hours are long. But I know when Isaac is off dating, or married with his own little family, I’ll miss him and this time now will seem like a brief wink. So I resolve to keep laughing, and keep loving, and hold these moments, in 2015, all of them, close.

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Angeline blogs at Simply Mommie and has been a stay-home mom for almost 7 years now. She’s mom to two lovely children who have given her new insights to life as she now finds herself on a journey of re-discovery of the world through their little eyes.
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Here, Now

At yoga class yesterday, we were reminded to be in the moment, and do one thing at a time. Which was a timely reminder because working life sometimes entails so much multi-tasking, and we begin to do the same in our own lives as work spills over. And for me, a lot of the past months with Isaac was about juggling entertaining him with the other tasks I had to accomplish. It is not all bad — creating little pockets of “Music with Mummy” time while I get in some piano practice is probably one of the more inspired ways for us to both enjoy the time spent together. But I think there is also something to be said about living a stiller, more focused life. So in these two last precious months of our time together, I resolve to really focus on Isaac when I spend time with him (instead of say, reading behind his back while he plays, like I’ve been doing. Oops!) And for everything else, I was surprised to catch myself instinctively trying to set new goals and tasks and fill up my time now that my first set of goals have been accomplished! So on that note, slow down YX. There is time and world enough for what you want to do — and it is the space you give yourself that lets spontaneity and inspiration set light to life.

(In other news, I love love love this life — this is the most splendid time in my life ever! I can really get used to this pseudo tai-tai hood!)