Welcome 2018: A New Year, New Beginnings, and New Possibilities

While scrolling through Instagram just before New Year’s Eve, I stumbled across this photo:

…and it made me laugh, mostly because it ranks incredibly high on the “Scale of Relevancy”. I don’t know too many people who haven’t, at some point or another, set a New Year’s resolution–and then fallen victim to reality right around Valentine’s Day. 🙂

I did this a lot when I was much younger. I always loved to celebrate the turn of a New Year, and every morning on January 1, I’d take a few moments to journal about my goals for the upcoming year, and how I planned to accomplish them. But then, I grew up, and building a strong marriage and raising a family became my primary goal, and, somehow, my life became one big endless resolution.

You know the ones I’m talking about…

I resolve to get the storage closet organized.

I resolve to weed the garden today.

I resolve to finish the last chapter in this book.

I resolve to take some time for ME.

Yeah…those. 

Just like any other resolution, they don’t always pan out (sometimes, they do–and that makes for a wonderful day!), but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t good to dream, set goals, and plan for future accomplishments.

A new year means new beginnings and new possibilities.

And it’s the perfect time to form or build a strong and loving relationship, uncover, or re-discover, the magic of love, or even open a beautiful brand new ANR.

(You knew I was going to write that, didn’t you? 😉 )

No one is ever too old to learn…to live, or to love.

And, just like a new year, nursing is so limitless. It provides a bright new beginning and endless possibilities.

This is something I discovered many years ago, when Mr. S and I first explored the art of adult breastfeeding–and something that I found once more when we re-opened our dedicated ANR almost two years ago, when, in some way, we created a mutual resolution, not on a snowy winter night amid sparkling lights and shimmering confetti, but on a warm spring afternoon, surrounded by the annual re-birth of budding trees and blooming flowers, to make the time–and take the time– for us.

And with him by my side, each new year grows even sweeter.

When making your 2018 resolutions, be sure to put yourself and your partner at the top of your list because nothing is more important than you. Love deeply and laugh often. Try something new (you know, like nursing…;) )..and if you’re feeling really adventurous, start the journey into lactation…it’s a wonderful way to build intimacy and re-kindle comfortable love.)

Above all, open your heart and mind to those new beginnings and new possibilities!

And have a wonderful 2018!

 

 

 


I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and that 2018 has started off on an amazing note! I have many things planned for Bountiful Fruits’ second year, including new podcasts, post series, eBooks, and giveaways, and look forward to sharing them with you.

My own new year started with, not just the chance to welcome several new members to Bountiful Fruits, but the opportunity to connect with a man named RG, who shared his thoughts on adult nursing with me. (You’ll be able to read his guest post on Wednesday.) 

If you are considering the possibility of adding lactation to your ANR, 30 Days of Inducing is now available as an eBook, which you can download on the site. 

Here’s to a bright new year, beginnings, and possibilities!

And here’s to you!

Happy New Year!

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