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YUM Editorial: All Hands on Deck!

Filed under : Activities, family

By: Carolina Pichardo

Discover great parenting advice from other young mothers and see the most effective way to change and make it stick

This isn’t an article on how to make your New Year’s resolutions, or even a recap of the year we’re leaving behind. This is a piece of renewal. It’s a reminder that the best, most effective way of changing is to fully support what we’re trying to do.

It’s about making a decision and finding ways – no matter what – of how to make it stick.

So what does it mean to get renewed?

For me, it means adjusting my focus to better my career and family life. It means reminding myself to get my hair done a few times a month, get a pedicure or read a great new book. It means having dinner with my family, and reading to my daughter each night. It means plugging in the iTouch to Pandora, singing like a fool and making sure the curtains are closed so that no one could peak at my impression of Beyonce. It’s also about catching up with friends, whether at a local lounge, on Facebook or Twitter.

It simply means aligning myself with those small things that are immensely important to me. That’s my support.

Here are some other activities/events I regularly schedule to keep me on track. What are some of your renewing/support techniques?

1. List of Escapes: This list consists of places that allow me to get away from it all. It could be anything from the spa or museum, to something less expensive like the library or a park. The point is to get out of my space and routine.

2. Family + Friends: Most of my family lives outside the city, so we make it an adventure to visit them at least once a month. We also take advantage of local get-togethers and birthday parties to touch base with friends. There’s nothing more renewing, for example, than randomly meeting friends and seeing their growing family!

3. Create Hobbies: I am a “jack of all trades” type. It used to bother me before, but I’ve learned to embrace my dabbling nature. I don’t stress not being able to finish stuff or make it Etsy-perfect. If that knitting projects is causing more stress than necessary, then it’s not a renewal port. Start over, maybe something new… Better yet, find a real hobby; one that you enjoy doing. That’s the point.

4. Live with the Seasons: Here’s one tip I’ve learned to follow on my own and found it to work wonders. I live by the seasons. I create projects, plan trips, stock up on recipes, change our curtains/shades, buy new toothbrushes and renew most household items with the seasons. Again, it’s about not renewing and using this time to take stock of life.

5. Don’t Give Up: I disregard starting points: January 1st, March 15th or August 7th. If I need to get something done, I do my best to get it done. That means time is of essence with everything I do, and as long as I take advantage of that – each New Year will be as exciting as the next.

P.S. For more on completing your 2012 goals and getting RENEWED, join New Latina’s FREE 4-Week Renewal Challenge E-Course! Each week, New Latina will offer you tips, resources and more expert information to help you achieve your dreams.

Young Urban Moms’ co-founder, Carolina Pichardo, is a digital marketer by day, writer and community activist by night, and mom to Lulu always. You can reach her at or on Twitter @c_pichardo.

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