A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Future Self-care Idea: Winter Goodie Boxes

This summer, if I get the chance, I’d like to make myself a set of winter goodie boxes/care packages containing various little things to brighten my spirits during the gray … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Tempting Trap of Self-Blame: Some Musings

  Something I learned last year is that blaming myself for mistakes and problems is a thought trap that’s very tempting, because it allows me to feel in control, when … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

My Two Simple New Year’s Resolutions

This year, when New Year’s rolled around, there wasn’t time for my usual ritual of reflecting back on the previous year and forming plans, hopes, and/or resolutions for the year to … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Happiness that Doesn’t Depend on Other People

Growing up, I was a pretty severe people-pleaser. This trait came directly from my parents, who both modeled people-pleasing and actively instilled it in me. I learned at an early … Continue reading

December 16, 2017 · 7 Comments

The Power of Not Being in Control

This post will go deeper than my usual, although it follows my typical theme of things I’m learning in my life and personal growth. This lesson or “discovery” can be boiled down … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Self-Care School: When Chores Overwhelm Me, and He’s Just Sitting There

  This post is doubling as one of my “Self-care School” posts and also the entry for a Carrot Ranch 99-word flash fiction challenge–this week’s topic is self-care! I learned … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · 5 Comments

Keeping Perspective 

This week both of the babies have been miserable with bad colds and ear infections. So far I’m hanging in there, doing my best to take care of them and … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Self-care School: Counting myself as one of the creatures under my care

Well, now it’s been over a month since I posted that I was “returning to my blog at last.” Lesson learned: not to make grand claims like that anymore!  Unfortunately, for the … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · 4 Comments

Returning to My Blog at Last

I’d been thinking I would eventually sit down and write a long blog post on “ways I have grown so far on my journey of being a new mom (of twin … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 8 Comments

Rethinking How We Celebrate Birthdays

  Have you ever stopped to consider whether our celebration of birthdays with parties, gifts, cards, “Happy birthday!” wishes, and other forms of attention is really the best way? I … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Self-care School: Encouraging Myself

“Great job!” I’ve mentioned this before in passing, but I think it’s worth stating on its own: when it comes to trying to develop new healthy, self-caring habits (or any … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Self-care School: Big Things before Small Things

Do you ever fall into this trap? “If I can just get all these little easy tasks done, then I’ll be free to focus on _____” (fill in the blank … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 4 Comments