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My half year resolution of being forgiving in general and of myself was pretty successful. Having a more general resolution is very helpful in being able to see results, even with something as unspecific as a virtue or practice. This year I want to continue to have a conciliatory and healing outlook, but I also want to approach the world with the urgency and graveness that our times deserve.

My hope for this blog when I first started it was that I could go beyond the idea of homemaking as a primarily consumerist endeavor to a thoughtful practice that contributes to bettering the world. It was made out of both a response to and reverence for the shelter/design blogs that were so inspiring to me at the time as a homemaker. Many of these had a strong do-it-yourself and frugal ethic, and made me think of the importance of design in my daily life. I believe that there is a very important place for bringing beauty and design into the home, however I also know that there is potential for so much more as homemakers and families than having a beautiful home. As I read these blogs I felt like there was something missing for the part of me that wanted to contemplate the meaning of being a homemaker and mother, I also felt like only lip-service was being given to the important ethical concerns of the age. However. I tried to work within the current model of home and family blogging and interject my own way of thinking into that framework. It was ill-fitting from the beginning, so it didn’t work.

Blogging ain’t easy, so I have only respect for the women out there able to make a living from it, they inspire me and I look forward to hopefully begin engaging with that community. But will there be a place for me there? Stay tuned.

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This post is for The Green Mom’s Carnival on 1/2 Year Resolutions

The list of things I haven’t done and want to do are longer than anyone would want to read: A garden that needs tending, skills that need learning, a body that needs care. After awhile the list becomes more of a burden than an inspiration. So at half way through the year it seems like a good time to make the resolution to practice forgiveness. For the ecologically minded, guilt is everywhere. In a reusable bag left in a car, a food scrap not composted, or a car uses too much fuel. And as a mother I find myself constantly finding ways to measure myself up against a higher standard. When I look back on the things I haven’t done or look forward to the things I could do, but haven’t yet, it is easy to get so frustrated that I don’t want to do anything at all.

Forgiveness isn’t just good to practice for myself, in fact, it is even better to experience forgiveness toward the people in my life and the world around me. Whether it be in a moment of frustration or a long standing resentment. By viewing life through the lens of forgiveness I realize that it’s not just others that deserve forgiveness, I  also owe it to myself to forgive them.

It’s not easy, to approach the world and myself with a forgiving mindset, but it is a simple enough concept to remember and definitely a worthwhile goal. Guilt and judgment become unnamed feelings that weigh heavy on the heart. After awhile it can be easy to forget what that gnawing feeling is; once I recognize that there is a remedy for what I’m feeling, I find more clarity. Forgiveness is healing and inspiring, and says it’s okay to move on. Which is good because there is a home that needs tending to, a family to raise, and a huge list of other things that need to get done.