For the most part, I haven’t really ever mentally participated in the whole “New Year’s resolution” thing.
No specific reason why, I’ve just never really decided to go there I guess.
This year, though, I’m doing it…I’m going there.
There are two words that keep popping into my mind (but mostly into my heart) and won’t let me be, and I can’t seem to ignore them.
(I’m not giving you a special command here, those are the actual two words. 😉 )
There’s so much in this life that is constantly vying for our attention that it’s just too darn easy to become perpetually distracted from the stuff that really matters.
This year, I want to listen to my kids.
And I mean really LISTEN to my kids.
They’re not too little anymore where I can justify tuning them out a bit to try to retain some smidgen of my sanity while taking care of their every need.
They’re not asking for milk for the twentieth time in the span of 20 minutes… they’re telling me about something that happened at school that affected them, or something about the movie they just saw that threw them for a loop, and without saying the words, they’re asking for help to process it.
They need me in a different way.
And if I’m not paying attention, they may just find someone ELSE to help them work through it all and bypass telling me about any of it all together.
I’m not ok with that.
But it’s not just my kids I want to pay attention to.
I want to pay attention to all of the people God has put (and will put) in my life.
When I’m with someone, even if it’s just to chat for a minute or two, I want to HEAR them.
I want to focus my brain (and heart) on them while we’re together and really hear what they’re telling me.
Sometimes, a person just needs someone who listen and care about what they’ve said.
I want to pay attention to that.
And sometimes, I truly believe there’s even a message meant just for me through the person I’m listening to.
I want to pay attention to that, too.
There’s a lot in this life that we need to take care of to maintain a reasonable level of functionality, it’s true.
The laundry has to be done. The groceries bought. The ship has to be run (whether tightly or otherwise).
And that all matters as well,
but PEOPLE. They matter the most.
That’s where the joy is.
The joy is in the relationships.
And that’s something I want to make sure I’m paying attention to.
At the end of it all, it won’t be good enough to be able to say that I ran a tight ship but never really knew any of the crew, passengers or well-wishers…
that I got it done, but I never brought anyone any amount of joy along the way and my own heart never really even skipped a beat.
I’m not ok with that either.
So this year I resolve, by the grace of God, to pay attention.
Even if I’ll need a defibrillator at the ready. Xx
Happy New Year, everyone!
Here’s a little free video of how I created and painted the Wonderland roses on the teacup cake (and how I attached the teacup handle to the cake as well)…
I used Roxy & Rich’s Edible Luster Dust in Rose Gold to color the handle and the leaves of the roses and I LUUUURVE it so much!!
I used our new Cakeheads Face & Body Molds to help create the Alice figure topper,
FlexFrost Edible Fabric Sheets to help create Alice’s outfit,
Edible Art Paints to paint her face,
and Cake Dutchess Modeling Tool Set to help with all modeling involved.
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