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Jan 8 2014

Don’t Yuck Someone Else’s Yum Goes for Adults, Too

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“Don’t yuck someone else’s yum.”

That’s what they say in my daughter’s 1st grade class when it comes to wrinkling your nose and making gagging sounds about what your friends brought for lunch.

And that’s what I’ve made my New Year’s resolution. Though it has nothing to do with 1st graders or food.

Rather, it has to do with Facebook. And Twitter. And message boards. And comments. And life in general (both on- and off-line).

I’ve turned into one of those people who yucks someone else’s yum–just for the heck of it. And it needs to stop. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 15 2013

What I Learned from My 2012 Bucket List

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We’re now well into January and I’m just getting around to my reflections on last year. While I’m always excited to welcome the new, last year was so profound I wanted to soak it all in for a bit.

If you’ve been following along this past year I made a list of 25 things I’d like to do in 2012. I found out I was pregnant with my second child four days before that post ran on Kveller. I wasn’t sure if I was being overly ambitious with my list given I was dry heaving into the trash can every time I tried to feed my toddler, but I’m so happy I stuck with it. I’m so happy I worked on me last year.

The things on that list that I pushed myself to do, I can honestly say made me a happier, more fulfilled, and better person. Our family motto is “living an intentional life” and I felt like even by doing something as simple as growing out my hair–I was living intentionally. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 8 2013

My Five Bests of 2012: New Baby, Old Car & More

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The internet is alive with posts and lists rounding up last year’s favorites and this year’s resolutions, as well as confessions of how many people have already broken them.

It’s about a week into the new year and it literally just occurred to me that I will have to start writing 2013 on my checks. Then again, I can’t recall the last time I actually used a paper check. I hadn’t even thought about making any resolutions nor reflecting on 2012 yet. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 2 2013

My New Year’s Eve Glimpse of Life After Kids

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Do you and your spouse ever wonder what kind of couple you will be “after?” I mean, after the children are grown, after they’re out of the house?

I can only vaguely remember what we were like in the early BC years of our marriage. I sometimes worry that we will become one of those couples that have nothing to say to each other. We’ve even joked about it–making references to scenes in movies, especially Citizen Kane–when we’ve found ourselves sitting across the dining room table in the rare silence of a Shabbat morning.

We remind ourselves to practice at being an AC couple. We insist on a “no talking about the kids” rule on our monthly date nights, but achieve only minimal success. In fact, date night often gets hijacked by a school function that has been scheduled on the same night that he is stuck working late. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 31 2012

My Favorite Kveller Posts of 2012

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2012 was another big year for Kveller.

We’re popping out baby Jews all over the place—our editor, Debbie Kolben, welcomed her second child, as did Daniel Septimus (the CEO of Kveller’s parent site, MyJewishLearning), Tamara Hansen Reese, and Amy Deutsch (who then proceeded to lie about it).

Jordana Horn Gordon put us all to shame by having her fourth(!), and Mayim Bialik walked the red carpet as an Emmy nominee. I finally finished school, and Adina Kay-Gross bought a house. Sarah Tuttle-Singer became the Social Media Director over at the Times of Israel, and live-tweeted us through the war in Israel. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 28 2012

How My New Year’s “Attitude” Resolutions Panned Out

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I have come to the conclusion that there are always things that we do which really annoy our spouse. Not major things, typically. More like annoying little habits. Or irritating mannerisms.

Not one of us is immune from such behaviors. Not you. Not my husband. Not even me.

Which is why I decided last New Year’s Day to take on an Attitude Resolution. I would choose one thing that Warren does that really bugs me… and let it go. Just simply let it go. Not let it bother me and just. Let. It. Go. That meant really letting it go. No snarky comments. And no announcement of my newly-acquired outlook. For to do either one would negate the entire premise of a changed attitude. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 29 2011

2012: Go to BINGO, Grow Out Hair, Dance with Husband

By at 12:26 pm

bucket list 2012Seeing as though most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by the end of February, it’s puzzling to me why people even make them in the first place. I could vow every year to get down to my college weight, and at the end of the year the only thing I’m left with is some tummy pudge and an idea for next year’s resolution.

In early 2009, I was struggling to get pregnant. I wanted to feel successful at something and keep my mind off my own fecundity so I made a bucket list of 50 resolutions that I would accomplish that year. My list included everything from “delete my MySpace account” to “floss more” and “have something published.”  Fifty was an incredibly ambitious list, but it kept me true to the things I wanted to change in my life, simple things I sat around wishing I did more of, or goals that I needed to put down on paper to make myself accountable for.  The best thing about my list was that everything was doable. I didn’t set lofty goals like “lose 50 pounds” or “read 200 books” or even “get pregnant.” Rather, I named things that could be done with a little thoughtful time and motivation. Things that I had control over. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 28 2011

My Top 10 New Years Resolutions

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2012 glassesThe secular New Year is right around the corner, and many of us are thinking about resolutions. For some of us those may include taking better care of our bodies, or tending to our relationships. Others of us, however, may be thinking about our spiritual or religious practice. If you’ve been looking for a way to increase your Jewish knowledge or observance, mitzvot are a great place to start. .

The word mitzvah is often understood as “good deed” but it actually means “commandment” and there are officially 613 of them. You’re probably already observing some of them, such as not cross-breeding animals, and some of them might not apply to you, unless you were actually wondering whether or not you can marry a third-generation Edomite convert (as far as I can tell, you can).

The start of the secular New Year is just around the corner, and it’s a great opportunity to begin adopting other mitzvot into your life. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be terribly religious, there are many ways to modify the mitzvot so they will be meaningful for you and your family.

So, in mostly no particular order, here are my Top Ten Mitzvot For the New Year:

1. Celebrating the Jewish holidays. You might already be lighting candles during Hanukkah, attending a seder during Passover, or dragging the family to services for Rosh Hashanah, but perhaps this year you’ll consider eating some new foods for Tu Bishvat, dressing up for Purim, or building a sukkah. I’m even planning to fast for Yom Kippur this year!

2. Teach your children. According to the Torah, Jewish parents are obligated to teach their children Torah, a trade, and how to swim. In addition to signing up for swim lessons down at your local JCC, now is a great time to start teaching your children about Judaism if you aren’t already. Kveller has a ton of wonderful ideas, and the PJ Library sends free books to Jewish children. Read the rest of this entry →


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