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
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2 Comments

  1. Posted February 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM | Permalink

    Call the babysitter right now! its so easy to procrastinate when it comes to dates! i mean, you see each other every day, you share practically everything, so going out seems like a big effort to see someone you see anyways…except it really is the icing on the cake!!!
    (call the babysitter right now!!)

  2. Posted February 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM | Permalink

    Also guilty of no dates over here. It’s hard, isn’t it!? But worth it! We must not give up!

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