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New Term, New Beginnings

As a child I remember loving that new term in September, the chance to begin afresh and start again. The new stationary, the new pages in new exercise books and the new beginnings which this all brought in so many ways. A new term, or new year for so many of us feels like this too. We feel compelled to start afresh, to start again and to make promises about the many things we will honestly do this time round.
I have given this a lot of thought this new approaching term, particularly because I love new beginnings and new pages. But, I have decided this time round new resolutions are not for me.
There has been so much in my life this year that has had an impact on how content I feel right now – namely where I am, what I’m doing, what I have, who I’m with and who I am.
This year, I have been surrounded by family and friends for whom life has not been easy sailing. It has encouraged me to be grateful for the small things on a daily basis – the fact that we all wake in the morning, that we all have breakfast, clothes to wear and each other to find comfort, reassurance and support in. Enjoying and being grateful for what we have, rather than what we have not has been a huge learning curve for the children this year.
Finding opportunity to turn my thinking around has made me realise how very blessed we are. Those moments when the children are being really noisy or argumentative has enabled me to see that we are lucky that they have each other or that the house is filled with activity.
Enjoying what we do and finding ways to help others makes a huge difference to how content we feel. We do not need to be thanked or be helped or receive in return necessarily. Whether it is homemaking, voluntary work or a job there are so many different ways to give and to make a difference to others.
I have become more attuned to finding the simple things in life which give me pleasure – watching the birds or foxes play in the garden, an early morning cuppa with just myself and the little fella snuggled on the sofa and a myriad of frosty patterns outside.
Looking for the good in others has allowed me to see that we all have our daily challenges. None of us knows what each parent we meet in the playground has to work through before we meet them all ready for the day, hair brushed, lunch boxes packed. Let’s try and recognise the good in each other for what it is. We are all trying in our own ways.
Living for today and if need be starting again in a small way. Leaving behind those cross words we had yesterday or those few minutes of parenting which made us cringe. It is ok to be a good enough person, a good enough parent and make a good enough fist of things.
I am not constantly striving for more. I am on a journey – one of parenting, friendship, learning and growing as a person, a wife and a mother. And what I have right now on this journey is perfect. I am very grateful for it and I want to share as much of it as I can. The people I share it with are perfect. Wanting to change something would be like admitting that they need changing too.
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Sarah McArdell

I am Sarah, a primary school teacher turned mostly stay at home mamma to four little ones (except for popping out to teach antenatal classes, which I have a passion for). We bumble along in beautiful chaos coupled with a good sprinkling of my desire for storage solutions and all things organised. You'll usually find me exploring and contemplating the things which make me tick: vegetarianism, homebirthing, babywearing, bedsharing, attachment parenting, growing our own veggies and loving owning chickens!

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