The Virtues of Taking a Break

Since my daughter was born three years ago, I have wanted to write. But I didn’t have the time.

I started this blog last year because things were getting easier. Well guess what? Working on the blog made things difficult again. All the free time I had went into writing, editing, posting for the blog and my family life suffered.

So I’m taking a break :-)



Setting New Year’s Resolutions- Part 2

In Part 1 of Setting New Year’s Resolutions, I covered:

  • Step 1: Define your core values
  • Step 2: Read Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews
  • Step 3: Make a Schedule
  • Step 4: List the Habits you want to create

In this edition, I cover the final steps

Photo of Fireworks to illustrate setting New Year's Resolutions

Setting New Year’s Resolutions is like planning a trip. Where do you want to go this year? Photo credit Sarah B Richardson

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Setting New Year’s Resolutions- Part 1

Welcome 2013! Some believe that setting New Year’s Resolutions is a waste of time. I am adamant that it’s a great investment in yourself.
On average, every year, I accomplish about half the things I set out to do. In my book, half is better than nothing. I’ve spent the last week planning for 2013. Here is a look at my process in setting New Year’s Resolutions.

Photo of New Year's Fireworks to illustrate setting New Year's Resolutions

Welcome the new year with fireworks and new resolutions! Photo Credit Sarah B Richardson

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Useful Links for Parents

As has become the tradition, this is Useful Links for Parents Saturdays. Let’s face it, we only have so much time to spend on something as frivolous as surfing the net. We need to make it count. In this weekly post, I feature articles I came across that I think will be of value to you. Enjoy!

Photo to illustrate Useful Links for Parents

39 weeks pregnant. I went into labor the next day! Photo credit Burton Richardson

Useful Links for Parents

  1. The first link today may not fall exactly in the category of useful but it’s definitely worth watching (in my humble opinion). I’m sending you over to because one of my videos is featured there. Every year, Becky hosts a contest titled: 12 Videos of Christmas. My husband and I submitted a time lapse video we did when I was pregnant and we won a spot! It’s exciting!
  2. I was over at and as per his recommendation watched this video of a Tedx Talk by David Allen. I’m glad I did. I’ve read Getting Things Done by David Allen a few times already. I love his method for organizing your life and being more productive. It’s simple and so effective. As I read his book, I felt validated. I felt understood. In my opinion, it is a must read. After all, we mom need all the help we can to keep our sanity.
  3. What to do with bad paintings is an interesting article I found at I like the author’s idea. I would transform a bad painting into a big framed Chalk Board. Our single panel home does not have smooth walls and it’s not as big a commitment to hang a frame than it is to paint an entire wall with chalk board paint.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

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How to Create a Family Mission Statement- Part 2

In Part 1 of How to Create a Family Mission Statement, I covered:

  • Step 1: Defining
  • Step 2: Brainstorming

In this edition, I cover the final steps:

  • Step 3: Fine-tuning
  • Step 4: Final Version
  • Step 5: Display
How to create a Family Mission Statement like the one you see here

Our Family Mission Statement made into a Subway sign- Design Sarah B Richardson


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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours. May you enjoy a wonderful day!

Christmas Card Burton Richardson, Sarah Badat Richardson

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