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I'm Nadine. Thanks for stopping by. The floors are creaky, the kids are loud, but the door's always open and the coffee's always on.

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16 Things in 2016

HOW MANY THINGS?! Long-time readers will know that every year I give myself a list of challenges/goals. Last year, it was “15 things in 2015.” I did…a few of them. Apparently brewing, birthing and raising a baby takes ALL THE TIME AND ENERGY.

It's exhausting.

And the best.

I like to-do lists. Ursula does not yet appreciate them. Calendars aren't her thing either. And routines? Fuhgettaboutit.

But that's okay. Productivity is so 2014.

I’m learning to manage my expectations for my day — meaning: "lower them" — and look for moments of joy instead.

I’m learning to slow down my brain, not just my schedule.

I'm learning to be present.

I found encouragement in this article about new mamas getting “nothing done”:

There is no greater task than the nothing you did yesterday, the nothing you are doing today, and the nothing you will do tomorrow.

Today I showered, drank coffee, washed avocado off the floor, went for a walk and played peekaboo. Success.

Yes, I have goals for the new year, both personal and professional. And I’ll share some of them here. But they’re soft goals, made malleable by a 6-month-old girl who likes to rub squishy handfuls of cucumber in her hair.

She'll only be this little once. I don’t want to wish that away.

The 2016 Red Carpet: Characters Edition

Murray Christmas!