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i took the boys out yesterday morning and trekked nearly twenty blocks in the pouring rain to get them to an activity. they were safely bundled inside the stroller in their muff sleeping bags and feathered coats with their canopies sheltering their heads as i pushed them speedily along while attempting but failing miserably to avoid all the large puddles that gathered beside the curbs. also, the wind was a whole other story… she was seriously determined to blow me over.  i’m not one for curse words, but in that moment, i totally swore.

fast forward to a little later in the morning, when i was trying to get a very exhausted conrad to sleep for his nap while samson was at his swim lesson with josh and he just kept fighting me every minute of the way. do you want to know how long it took to get him to sleep? part of me is embarrassed to even tell you, because like, he’s my third kid. and like, i should totally absolutely know how to handle nap time by now, right?! but an hour and a half later he was just starting to give in, an hour and a half later, which was an hour and a half i had planned to use to get some work done while samson swam. an hour and a half later, samson and josh returned home from their swim lesson within the same ten minute time frame of conrad finally closing his eyes and giving in to the sleep. i texted josh angrily from the other room that i hated everything. (it should be noted that i did send a follow up text a few minutes later saying i took it back.)

i didn’t set many resolutions for this coming year, mostly because i just want to continue working on the ones i set last year. but something i do want to handle better in 2017 are the stressful moments that happen in my day to day. i think i do an alright job for the most part, but sometimes when i am overly stressed out, i bundle it inside and then it kind of bursts at the wrong moment and i just don’t want that kind of public display to go down in front of my kids. or in front of josh, who is usually always around when the stress bubble bursts. i want to be better at just rolling with the punches, no matter the situation, for the sake of everyone around me. but more importantly, for my own sanity and wellness. i think it’s a good thing to tackle since many of my other smaller resolutions from last year seem to fall under this umbrella, too. like getting proper rest, continuing to exercise, taking care of my body, my skin, my mind (with lots of technology breaks this year, gosh golly!) and also getting back to my healthier eating habits (which really went out the window over the holidays. not that i’m regretting any of the nutella stuffed churros i may have encountered.)

so far, 2017 has been a rainy and wet one. it’s been a nonstop downpour for the past 24 hours and we’ve been outside for a decent part of it. we had to shuffle plans and activities and life because of the rain and i think it was a fitting reminder for me that so much is often not in my control, but to not stress over little things, and to just stay calm and say “it’s okay” and to just keep moving along, without bundling up anything stressful and taking it with me.

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it’s going to be a good year. i wrapped up the end of 2016 with a couple of moments of incredible personal growth and in so many ways, it feels like several burdens have been lifted. don’t you love that feeling of letting something go? i think moving forward now, without letting the little stressful moments of my everyday feel larger than they may be, is a great next step. and i’m excited. happy new year, you guys!

ps. wearing an old rain jacket (by kate spade, but similar here and here), this black star and moon sweater, similar pink hat and pink rain boots. wearing this lipstick in shade lust for blush.

  1. seriously, it took my daughter forever to fall asleep last night too! these kids! i totally feel ya. and i love your sweater!

    xo, brittany
    a simple beauty routine on my blog today
    http://www.notablob.com

  2. Maggie

    Happy New Year Taza :) I also feel it’s going to be a good year for me.
    So hope all of us will do the best to make our dreams come true. Wish you health, extra travels, really good food and lot of time with your family :*

  3. Jessica

    Yay!! You do have stressful days! As a fellow mother of 3 little ones it is a relief to know no momma is zen all the time. Of course you are looking gorgeous while doing your thing. Love the colors, the eyelashes and the resolution (doing pretty much the same not so overly ambitious ones over here!). Thank you for this real and still uplifting post! 2017 is looking good on you!!

  4. I love you mix the colours in your clothes….

    I add you in your resolution, I want to controle my stress at least I want not stress about the things I don’t manage

    Bonne année 2017!!

    Kisses from France

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  5. Love this. Thanks for always being so real and honest. And as a fellow mama, I’m riding this journey with you! ❤️

    xx. –Sarah

  6. Cindy

    Thank you for being so open and honest with us! It’s in those stressful moments that we seem to find clarity and it helps us re-evaluate the things that matter most. You’re a gem, and one heck of a momma! May your 2017 cup runneth over with joy and may you crush all your resolutions! ✌🏼️

  7. Jasmine

    Juggling the good with the seemingly bad is an issue I deal with as well. It’s all about perspective though and those unsavory moments keep us humble-thankfully. Speaking of perspectives, in my family when it rains we say God is pouring down blessings so it’s fitting that it would rain at the beginning of 2017 ;)
    Enjoy the blessings whatever they turn out to be and Happy New Year!!

    Kindly,
    Jasmine

  8. Kelly

    How brave of you to honestly share the struggles of parenthood. It is a wonderful gift to be a parent and it is good to acknowledge and realize that we are not able to have control of many outcomes – the weather! for sure. I believe that being a devoted mom as you are is priceless. You are one of a kind human being.

  9. Kenya

    Why are you always so perfect but at the same time so human and real! I don’t know how to describe it! But you are def inspiring!!!! XOXO

  10. Cailin

    Moms are awesome. I’m not one (someday!) but have the utmost respect for you all! Keep up the good work with your beautiful babies, and happy 2017. I hope it’s as bright as your pink hat :D

  11. I feel the same way! I am trying to be better at handling stress but sometimes I just lose it.

    Here’s hoping I can be better about it this year!

    Happy 2017 :)

    -Christine
    http://www.christinelovestotravel.com

  12. Vicky

    I love your transparency. i have been struggling with all of these things, trying to not stress and go with the flow but internally I’m sort of ocd. i don’t have any children so i will say you’re just a rockstar. always have been. we all admire you so much. so to also see you be so brutally honest about having some of the same struggles and also how you are trying to cope with them and be so positive, it’s amazing. thank you! happy 2017, Naomi!

  13. Elishia

    Man your outfit is cute!! I’m the same, I’m focusing on the same resolutions, turning them into goals, and adding ‘I will try my hardest not to live in fear’… I’m always too scared of not achieving and what people will think of me!! I love your blog posts, always full of positivity (even when you ‘hate everything’ 😄

    http://www.englishgirlinnewyork.org

  14. christa

    Aw girl, I am the exact same way when I’m stressed! I am working on it as well! 2017 is gonna be a great one, and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us :)

    xo christa | http://www.gardeniasandmint.com

  15. fefe

    Girl, you walked 20 blocks pushing a double stroller in the rain. It’s 100% totally okay to feel a little upset. I get mad after like, 5 blocks of just walking my DOG so I can’t imagine how tired you were after that long day!

    You’ve got this. Thanks for sharing this side of your life, by the way!

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  16. Katelynn

    My toddler’s sleeping patterns are the exact same as Conrad’s so I completely understand how difficult and frustrating it is! Some day they will figure out how nice it is to sleep, hopefully sooner rather than later!😂

  17. First I have to say that yellow raincoat with the pink boots and hat is totally to DIE for!! Second, OMG I could not be with you more! I spent a fair amount of time over break being mad that I wasn’t getting as much done as I wanted to in the morning and then mad again that I had other nightly obligations so I couldn’t get work done then either. I kept having to remind myself that instead of resolutions, I set priorities and my kids are my first. It’s hard staying calm in those stressful situations – good for you for texting it and not yelling it! Haha :) We’re in this together for 2017!!

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  18. Tami Stevenson

    This post reminds me of that quote …”life isn’t about waiting out the storms but learning to dance in the rain”…which you do so well!

  19. Grace

    thanks for sharing this, naomi. i have the same resolution. i know you like to share the highlights of your life on this blog and i love that. but i think it’s very brave of you to share some of the more frustrating moments that we all deal with from time to time. 2017 is going to be a good year – rain or shine.

  20. kate

    Thank you for sharing that moment of “mom frustration” with your readers- it happens to me so much and I totally feel mom guilt over it after. My blog talks about mom guilt too, and I think it helps other parents out there feel less shame about it. Thanks for keeping it real :)

    We are coming to NYC for MLK weekend and will be sure to use your NYC Guides! Also, LOVE your pink boots in this post!!

    -Kate

    http://www.mwdgaf.com

  21. kate

    Thank you for sharing that moment of “mom frustration” with your readers- it happens to me so much and I totally feel mom guilt over it after. My blog talks about mom guilt too, and I think it helps other parents out there feel less shame about it. Thanks for keeping it real :)

    We are coming to NYC for MLK weekend and will be sure to use your NYC Guides! Also, LOVE your pink boots in this post!!

    -Kate

  22. Lorena

    Totally agree happy new year 2017 is going to be amazing!!!!
    Regards all of you!!! Nice pictures as always love that boots apropiates for the English weather

    http://Www.enjoylondon.co

  23. Chelsea

    Yeeeeeeessssssssss! I so completely understand what you are saying about this, lol. I was just trying to explain this to my husband the other day. I was reading something where someone said “pick a word to focus on for the next year- some good ones are love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” And I was like, yea, those, can I just pick all those? Because I know I need to work on alllllll those. And then I realized, I don’t really want to work on patience, lol, I want to work on how I act when I’m impatient. I don’t want to act like a jerk to everyone around me and lose my cool, like I do now. I feel like that’s horrible, saying I don’t want to be more patient, but it’s really not the thing I do that causes the most harm, you know?

  24. Emily

    you’re amazing! keep going, lil’ momma!

  25. Jenna

    I enjoyed this post so much! Thank you for sharing your Mom moments ;). I love how optimistic this blog is, and I also love hearing the Momma struggles. It helps challenge me and gives me some perspective in motherhood and also feel not as alone hearing similar struggles from other Moms. Thank you and Happy New Year!

  26. Natalie

    It is so refreshing to see you talking about the hard stuff! Parenting is seriously tough. We just had a really bad day yesterday when I wasn’t feeling well and I was short and dismissive with the kids and they threw it back at me (understandably! lol). When I was dropping the kids at school this morning I thought, man, do all parents have this hard of a time? Cause I only ever see my friends and random people having super good moments. And then I read your post! It feels good to focus on the good stuff, but then sometimes I feel stranded when bad stuff happens. Anyway… thanks! I love reading the blog!

  27. Totally feel you today! Back at work today, and every little thing just seems to be driving me UP THE WALL. Working on stepping back and taking a deep breath. It’s all going to be okay. ;)
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  28. A

    Thank you for posting this. It’s so very real and always refreshing to know I’m not the only one that struggles with stuff like this. Happy new year! Slowly but surely we’ll get it!

  29. Ella

    2016 although a fun year was an incredibly stressful one for me. I’m with you on the letting things go this year. Not an easy task but it is still a doable one. Good luck on finding the peace & remaining calm during those stressful moments!

  30. Sarah

    Love this, I always think about how you are one of the people that seems to really be able to roll with the punches. It has become my motto for NYC living. Nice to know that it is an intentional effort. You may have already mentioned this but do you guys use a certain calendar or planner to schedule y’alls family life?

  31. Jill

    Great post. Thanks for sharing! It’s comforting to hear that great moms also have stressful moments and wish they could have done better. I feel like I have more of those moments than I care to admit. But I think you’re right, it’s important to take care of ourselves and roll with the punches (and/or have a punching bag) :) Happy 2017!

  32. Lindsey

    Thank you for such an honest post! Hang in there and know you’re not alone! We all have moments/days/weeks that are chaotic and trying and frustrating.

    I love to reread this quote by Elder Holland when I’m overwhelmed: “I testify that bad days come to an end, that faith always triumphs, and that heavenly promises are always kept.” Such a nice perspective and reminder.

    You got this! Happy 2017! I’m looking forward to hearing how your resolutions go because mine are pretty similar.

    Hugs,
    Lindsey

  33. Kelly

    I appreciate this so much! By golly, you’re human! We all do it. I hated everything a few days ago…sometimes, the feelings just can’t be helped. Of course, I didn’t mean it either, but all emotions are beautiful, even the ones that feel shameful, embarrassing, frustrating, or just plain mad.

    Here’s to being kinder to ourselves, especially those of you who are raising little humans. :)

  34. I kind of needed this today, thank you so much for sharing. I had one of those ‘bundled up then scream it all out’ stress “i hate everything!” moments today and I don’t even have kids! Everyone is human and stress is just a part of it, what’s hard is recognising it and as you say letting it wash over you like the rain. It’s never gone to shine all day every day but thats what umbrellas (or hugs!) are for :)

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  35. thank you so much for this! definitely needed to read this today!

  36. Sarah

    Right there with ya with the nap times/bed times. It always makes it more frustrating when I have planned out all the things I want to accomplish during nap time! Love your blog!

  37. Kathy

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey as a mom- I can relate to you in so many ways. I had a moment similar to yours with my son and I realized the same thing that you did- as moms so much is out of our control and so much is just surrender sometimes. Any way is mays me feel good that I’m not alone and that another mom feels how I do and is out there trying to figure it out just like me. Thanks again!

  38. Amanda

    This might be one of my favorite posts ever from you. Honest yet hopeful. The pictures…all of it. So so so good!!!!

  39. Sarah

    Have you read the book Zen Shorts to your kids. I love it and it has taught me to let go. Sometime I can hold things in and yes, it bubbles up and doesn’t come out in the right way. This book is a good reminder for me and my kids love it!

  40. Nile

    This is awesome! I appreciate these posts so much more than anything else (while it’s fun to learn about NY and hear about the fun things you do), this seems real and relatable. It felt good to read this and I think “oh good I’m not the only one!” I also am working on this for the new year with my little one. I think a good chunk is realizing nothing’s personal, no one and nothing is trying to hurt me or make my life miserable (kind of like Eleanor Roosevelt said: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”).
    I would love to read more posts like this from you! Thank you for your honesty and transparency.

  41. Susie

    Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing. I’ve had the same experience in the last few days – some frustration with the kids that bubbled to the surface – and I wonder if the holidays have something to do with it? Parents probably give even more of themselves to their kids over the holidays due to time off from school and a desire to create nice holiday experiences. Hopefully some serenity will be easier to find when normal days return.

  42. I love that you coordinated your hat, lipstick, and wellies! Also I love the shape of your hat. I think I’ve gotten better at rolling with the punches and maintaining my calm in stressful situations, though sometimes I worry, am I feeling so chill right now because I have a healthy approach or because I just don’t care? Shouldn’t I care more?? But I think for the mooost part I’ve been better about it. Moms have so much responsibility! I wish you a happy new year and good luck with your goals :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  43. hanna

    I love those rain boots –Like Hanna

  44. Amy

    I remind myself about 100 times a week to try to roll with the punches better. But, I also think there is value in occasionally letting your children see you lose your sh*t, because they it gives you a chance later to apologize to your kids for losing your cool. Obviously it’s not good to yell at your kids all the time, but it’s okay to NOT BE PERFECT and it’s okay for your kids to see you make mistakes. You are only human. We are only human. And, you are a GREAT MAMA! They will remember all the awesome times and not the few times that you lost your cool.

  45. Kristin

    Glad you’re feeling so positive but not sure how you are feeling so upbeat with our current political climate. My two girls have every advantage in life but I still go through bed with nightmares about what their less fortunate friends must endure over the next 4 + years.

    Cute pink boots.