Saturday, January 1, 2011

Finding balance in the New Year

Balance. It's one of those harrowing words that makes most parents cringe.

Finding balance between work and parenting. Or work and you time. Or ..

As this new year enters its wee hours though, I'm finding balance to be my buzz word for 2011. It's not just because of a huge work project that threatens most of the next few months. It's because I'm trying to figure out what's best for us and our family and our world, not a small task. It's about balancing health benefits against budget. It's about using technology wisely and saving time for my famly. And at times, admittedly, it's about saving resources versus saving sanity.

Erin (The Conscious Shopper) calls it her "sweet spot" - the point of what's best for the environment doesn't tip the scales to a negative for her family. She says:

"One of my goals for next year is to come to terms with my sweet spot. At this point on my green journey, I have a good idea of how extreme green my family can go before we start feeling deprived and rebellious, yet I have a constant feeling that we're not doing enough and should try harder. I need to let that go. We're doing way more than the average American, so instead of feeling bad about our faults, I should focus more attention on getting involved in my community and changing the public policies that are making it so hard to live green with ease."

Some of us are looking internally in the new year.

Michelle (Green Bean) writes: "One of my goals is to take care of myself. It doesn't sound particularly green but I do think we green moms get so caught up in caring for the kids and in "being green" that we forget we need to take care of ourselves. An empty cup quenches no ones thirst - or at least that is what a taro card I once read said."

As for myself, I am taking the long view this year. Sure, I'd like to lose 30 pounds, but I'm also taking small steps, and realizing that each season of life carries with it its own responsibilities. This month, I'm focused on decluttering my home, so that when work takes me away, it's less of an effort for my husband to keep our home somewhat in check. When I'm working 70 or more hours a week at the peak of my project at work, this may be the time when I back off on greener ideals in favor of more time-saving options. Once April has passed, I plan to renew my efforts, plant my garden (and admittedly look into an extra garden plot at the community gardens), and savor what the spring has to offer.

What are your goals for the coming year? Whatever they are, I hope you find success.

Wishing you a peaceful new year,
Robbie @ Going Green Mama


TEEs Me, Please! said...

i could have written this post ....
esp as balance is what i must find this year for myself and my family......

Green Bean said...

I love Erin's resolution! Having been on the green journey for some time myself, I know how far we can go but what can we sustain in a happy, healthy sane way.

Willo said...

This year I looked back at 2010 and initially thought of how little had changed. But of course, we are never done. And when I look at it like that, I know just how much I have. So for 2011 I am taking a long view as well and resolving to live a lighter and more graceful life.

Jaime said...

I've taken on a rather large freelance project for January & February. My first thought was — at least it will be over by the time I need to work in the garden :) I know many things (like house-cleaning) will slide but I'm trying to anticipate how I can make the greenest choices when I feel overwhelmed. For example, it doesn't take long to make laundry detergent, but it is frustrating to realize you've run out at 11 p.m. and have no clean clothes, so I am stocking up on Biokleen. And I'm stocking the freezer with ingredients for good crockpot meals! Good luck on your quest for green balance this year!


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