A Second Heart. I don't blog much there any more unless she has some health issues, but the back story is there. In short, she had severe heart issues as a baby and had to have a heart transplant at 4 1/2 months old. So, she is part of the 1 in 100 who have heart defects or problems and February is our month to raise awareness. I will be posting more on that in the coming weeks.
In addition to that during the month of February, she also celebrates her birthday. Which is a big deal when you've seen death come extremely close in the past. This is the first year that she has been both well and old enough to understand a birthday, so we're throwing her a party. We are inviting her preschool friends and some former playgroup members to come and we're having it at the Pre-preschool down the street. So, we will have an art project, lots of fun indoor playthings to do like dress up and playdough and a slide and tons of toys. It is perfect for a preschool party in a month that the weather can be a little too unpredictable for a park party. I am horrible at planning and implementing parties though and February is one of my busiest work months. So, I'm really going to try to keep it simple and not put a lot of pressure on myself. Perfection is not necessary - they are three and four years old for goodness sake!
I am also implementing a new blog plan this month with an official editorial calendar! I feel like my blogging is haphazard to say the least. So, I'm going to see if having an editorial calendar will help. I took the cue from Scraps of My Geek Life (don't you just love that name?) who had a fantastic editorial calendar for excel that you can download and fill in with all your blogging ideas! Which I have started to do. So, tomorrow, I start with my first editorial calendar post and I'm hoping that it will continue at least most days (versus being so hit and miss)! I'm excited to have a plan to implement versus just some random idea of wanting to say something every once in a while.
Finally, this month is Valentine's Day. I must say that I find myself to be a little less than pleasant as a wife lately. So, since it is the month of hearts and love, I figured I would try to be a little more of a loving wife this month. I will share some ideas I'm trying and some blogs I'm finding that I hope will be helpful in that pursuit.
My focus this month is Heart and Soul. Heart because of Valentine's Day and heart awareness and Soul because I need to do some soul-searching to find myself and my place in this world. I am feeling incapable of being the Girl who Can Rant because I'm unsure what I should be ranting about - good or bad. And that, for me, is a little scary. I just feel a little lost from my usual place of being. So, I will be doing a little bit of work on that as well this month. And hopefully, but the time March rolls around, I will have a better marriage, some things I can rant about from a place of security, and a healthy daughter who stands as a testament to the lifesaving gifts of modern medicine. And I hope that you will know more about all of these things from reading the blog!
See you tomorrow!