Yes, yes, I know, technically it was a month ago (or, a month ago tomorrow).
All I have to say to you is Gong Hei Fat Choi!
Or, if you are more Mandarin inclined, I say to you Gong Xi Fa Cai
English speakers may prefer a simple Happy New Year!
For it is, today, the first day of the Lunar New Year, which most understand more simply as Chinese New Year.
It is also around this time that I like to start my own new year. Not just because I love Shanghai Dumplings and Barbeque Pork Buns, but also because I tend to have offspring type people in my care until around this time. Being realistic, attempting to even contemplate, much less declare resolutions, goals and What I Plan To Do This Year is kinda dumb, for me at least, until about now.
I awake on January 1st each year with fabulous intentions, and by about 9.15 I’m a stark, raving, screaming lunatic and wondering how I’ll get through till the time school starts. So I don’t bother until I know I can.
My littlest one also started school today, so things are ‘different’, but no less realistic and reasonable (well, for now 😉 … and I am a little overjoyed at the prospects and plans – evil and otherwise – I have for this year.
Despite the chaos and crazy the last month has been, I have managed to plan a few things for the upcoming months.
Already kicked off is a special email series, approximately weekly and spaced over 100 days for those of you who are Stressed About School Lunches; a series of simple suggestions for inclusion in the school lunchbox and some very helpful and handy tips and tricks, as well as access to a download or two to make your life and your school mornings much simpler and flowinger (that’s how awesome it is – so awesome I had to make up a word for it!
So, if you’re
We’ve also noticed the significant invisibility and absence of mums of late … mostly in family photos and the like.
On a mission to remind our children that they did have mothers, so that when they grow up they have some fab images of their amazing mums and can show their kids how awesome their grandma is, we’ve created a campaign called Mum In The Pic. It is loads of fun and the premise is basically for you to ensure there is at least one photo per week of you, or that you are included in.
The rules, quite simply, are to put yourself in the picture, create memories for your family and remind your kids they actually had a mum when they flick back through the family album in years to come … Be present by putting yourself in front of the camera instead of always being the one behind it.
- Strictly NO SELFIES
- Have one of your kids, your partner, another child or adult present, some random walking past you, a waiter or cafe owner, someone … anyone else … snap a pic that includes you in it
- It is not about how creative, artistic, well posed, well exposed or white balanced or other fancy jiggery pokery camera thingies do
- It is about YOU being in the photo
- Ideally, we want to see a photo of you at least once per week, which is four per month – too easy
- Upload your photos to whichever social media profile you like and use hashtags:
- #rminthepic and/or #muminthepic
- Tag Real Mums:
- Send your pics to email@example.com
They will most likely end up on a gallery or slideshow somewhere, just so you know.
For those of you who like a bit of direction, I’ve come up with a list of “theme ideas” for each month. Use them, don’t use them, whatever. They’re just for those who like to create something around a theme. There are eight (8) in total for each month, which allows for two pics a week with you in them! Wooo!
As I mentioned – use them if they inspire you and if not, you’re free to do that which you will.
Oh, and if you want to sign up to receive email notification of themes for the next month and whatever else is going on, you can, right here!
I can’t wait to see you In The Pic!
That’s it for this month, I think. I’m sure there’ll be more fun stuff over the next couple of months. You know, now I have all this extra time on my hands and I won’t know what to do with myself now my littlest one is at school.
<insert rolling of eyes here>
Bring on the New Year! You with me?