february intentions - update

Love was my intention for February and I've done alright. Not a perfect 10 by any means. Giving up sugar for a month was a goal I had to stare in the face everyday. Whenever I opened up the cupboard or walked down a grocery aisle or ordered a morning coffee I was faced with my challenge and had to make a conscious decision to walk away.

Love on the other hand is elusive. You can give it or take it as you need, when you want or as you desire.

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Here is what I accomplished and didn't accomplish on my list:

  • make dates with my husband (at least two) - NO
  • make time for my friends - YES
  • spend a special day with each child on their own  - YES
  • give daily proofs of love - SOME OF THE TIME
  • make an effort to think about what I say before I say it - SOME OF THE TIME
  • read a good love story ( I need your suggestions here) - NO
  • be generous - SOME OF THE TIME
  • make a big chocolate cake and invite friends over to eat it! - NO

Looking back trying to make two dates with my husband in a short month was a bit of a stretch but we could have tried to get out of the house once. Of course sick children can put a damper on those kinds of activities. I did spend some time with each child on their own. I  made a conscious effort to say yes to every invitation that came my way and tried to make time for my friends whenever I could. Of course, I wasn't perfect in this regard but I did try to make more of an effort. I haven't got around to picking up any of the love stories you recommended but I hope to carry that activity into March. I'm thinking of giving Sebastian Faulks Birdsong a try. I will also get around to the chocolate cake party. I promise!

The one intention that did stick in my mind was to be generous. I think this partly has to do with Gretchen Rubin's book, The Happiness Project. In it she speaks of how being generous can be as simple as paying someone a compliment, or giving them your time or full attention. On a daily basis, I tried to keep this at the forefront of my mind. If I wan't successful in other parts of my love project I hope I was at least successful here.

Of course, I still have a few more days to make some of my resolutions a reality. Maybe I can still sneak in one date with my husband!

Image credit:
Tom Humphrey