Margin – my 2016 word

Margin – my 2016 word

January is such a great time to dream big dreams about the life we want in the coming year. Did you write all those birthdays on your new calendar? Set those resolutions? Dream big dreams?

Here at Vitalmommy headquarters, it’s a big year. We will leave Peru for Washington DC and a year of preparation before returning to Cairo! We are excited – both about a year home, and about our next adventure.

Instead of a long list of resolutions, I made just three goals this year: one for me, one for my family, and goal for my business. Of course, many things have to happen to achieve any one goal, but I think having these three goals memorized and ready will act as a great filter when making decisions on how to spend my time, energy, and resources.

Another great filter is to choose a word for your year. This year, mine is “margin.” I want to have more white space on my to-do list, more margin in our home life and finances, and more margin to do what is truly important to me in business. Oh, and of course I’d love a little margin when it comes to packing time and our ever-looming weight restrictions!

For many years I set my goals based on a few questions, one of which was “what made me crazy last year?” In previous years it has been everything from not knowing what’s for dinner, to my chaotic closet, to lego everywhere, to the paper the mailbox seems to discharge all over my house daily.

Since I’m sure you struggle with some of the same things, I thought it would be fun to take you on my journey for the next few months as I simplify and get organized for our upcoming move. I’ll share resources, how I have conquered (or am conquering) this obstacle, and maybe even a few checklists or worksheets you may find handy. I hope it will help you in your journey as well!

Now I have a question for you! What is it that made you crazy last year? Is it moving year in your expat life? Tell me about it; I’d love to know how I can help you out! Send me an email here, and I promise I’ll respond to each one!

Here’s wishing you lots of white space to have beauty and joy in your life this year.

Spring

blog-4583It seems strange to be thankful for spring in November. With Lima’s mild winters, you wouldn’t think spring would be that big a deal, and on misty Lima days in spring, there is actually very little difference between spring and winter.

The winter sky here is often called “panza de burro” – the belly of a donkey. That’s exactly what it looks like – the gray belly of a donkey hanging over Lima as if you live in a perpetual cloud. Herman Melville reportedly called Lima “the strangest and saddest city thou can’st see.”

But when the sun comes out, oh, when the sun comes out.

There are purple flowers blooming above my front door, and when we headed out on a recent sunny morning my son remarked, “Look momma! It’s raining purple flowers. God must be happy today too.” Indeed.

What are you grateful for today?

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by Soulemama.com

This Moment

It’s Spring!

blog-4146blog-4156And yes, I do feel like that should be a March title.  However, Lima was kind to me today.  The first day of spring turned out to be one of those rare and beautiful sunny Lima days when I remember just how much I like it here.

I opened all the sliding doors, let the sunshine in, and started planning for some flowers.  This garden needs more flowers.  And since seeds take a while, and I needed some bright sunny instant gratification, I made one of my favorite peruvian foods – a potato salad.

blog-4176Nothing mayonnaise-y and prosaic about papas a la Hauncaina.  The dressing is sunny yellow with a fresh green tasting bite of aji amarillo.  My love of all things aji amarillo can be a whole other post.  I’ll write my own recipe soon, but in the meantime, try this one.  If you can’t find queso fresco, I have had great success with homemade ricotta.

Happy spring to all of you in the Southern Hemisphere!