new year wishesThis week’s Saturday Sidebar Question comes from World Moms Blog writer Alison Lee.  She asked our writers,

“What are your wishes for the new year?”

Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…

The Alchemist of India writes:
“I intend to, hope to, take inspiration from Ruth Wong and complete my novel.  The publisher is ready, but I am still working with the plot!

As for World Moms Blog, I am hoping to do some work in Social Good.

Maybe if I can get this novel published in 2013, I will consider my wish granted!”

Margie Bryant of Arkansas, USA writes:
“I am hoping to finally plan my wedding for April or May, celebrate lavishly for my 40th birthday in June, and take my first vacation to the beach (haven’t been since I was a girl). Also, I am thinking of applying to grad school and maybe, possibly, finishing my memoir.

Oh and lose 100 pounds, that’s my biggest wish of all!”

Mamma Simona of South Africa writes:
“Oh, just PEACE ON EARTH … that’s all!

Jokes aside, I really pray that the momentum that has started of “random acts of kindness” and “paying it forward” REALLY takes off in the coming year. If more of us share love & generosity (both of spirit and of material possessions) instead of hate and selfishness, what a wonderful world this will be!

What I wish for most of all is to be able to leave this planet in a better state for my descendants than the state it was in when I inherited it from my ancestors!”

Jennifer Burden of New Jersey, USA writes:
“For my family: Great health!

For the world:  Peace, Food and Health!

For the website: That we top the year that World Moms Blog had in 2012 in 2013. We can do this, ladies!! Onwards and upwards! So excited!!”

Nicole of Florida, USA writes:
“Last year I wished for peace in my life – and well, what a year it turned into .. more like pieces.  Maybe this coming year is on fresh beginnings, a new journey, an unknown path and hopefully surprises, joy and happiness are just around the corner – after all, Abraham Lincoln said ‘people are just as happy as they make up their minds to be’ ”

Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“To get my health back to where it needs to be so I can go back to being myself again and new beginnings…and more FUN!”

Maman Aya of New York, USA writes:
“For my friends and family – health and happiness. For me – to find a way to fit in some “me” time, to get back to the gym and get healthy again….. oh and some easy dinner ideas to add into the daily repertoire.”

Hamakkomommy of Japan writes:
“My first, immediate wish is that my son would just memorize his times tables already! His math homework is ruining winter vacation!”

Meredith of Nigeria writes:
“I wish that my husband’s many business travels between Africa and the U.S. continue to be safe. I wish for my children to remain happy and healthy. I will be praying for strength, stamina, and patience to keep up with it all!”

Martine of Philippines writes:
“I hope to be able to decorate my home this year (finally). We’re already going to Singapore next week, for a much needed post-Christmas family vacation (hopefully I’ll meet Ruth Wong while I’m there!). And… I’m hoping I get pregnant this year, too — would love to have another little one and a sibling for my firstborn, teehee.”

Kirsten Doyle of Ontario, Canada writes:
“I wish to have as good a running season as I did last year. I wish for my reintroduction to school to be smooth (yes, I plan to pursue post-grad studies after all these years!) And I’d really like to meet – in person – at least one of my fellow WMB writers!”new year wishes

Carol @ If By Yes of British Columbia, Canada writes:
“I want to get pregnant again this year, too. Also, a million dollars would be nice.”

Lady E of Indonesia writes:

Kyla P’an of Massachusetts, USA writes:
“To actually do more writing so I can claim the title as my profession and to truly attempt living in THIS moment instead of constantly living in the next one.”

What about you… do you have any wishes for 2013?  

And do you have a question you would like to pose to our WMB writers?  If so, email us at to see what they have to say.

This Saturday Sidebar question has been compiled and edited by World Mom, Eva Fannon.

– World Moms Blog

Photo credits to World Mom, Ewa Samples (aka Polish Mom Photographer).

Wall Street Mama (USA)

Wall Street Mama was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to NJ when she was a teenager. She fell in love with New York City and set her mind to one thing after college – working on Wall Street. She has spent the last 16 years working on the trading floor at three major banks. As an Institutional Salesperson, she is responsible for helping large corporations and money funds invest their short term cash in the fixed income part of the market. She lives in the suburbs of central NJ with her husband of 11 years, their amazing 21 month old boy and their first baby – a very spoiled Maltese. She has baby #2 on the way and is expecting a little girl in June 2012. She is a full time working mother and struggles with “having it all” while wondering if that is even possible. Wall Street Mama was married at the age of 25 but waited to have children because she felt she was too focused on her career which required a lot of traveling and entertaining. When she was finally ready, she thought she could plan the exact month she was ready to have a child, like everything else she planned in her life. She was shocked and frustrated when things did not go according to her plan. Fast forward four years later, after a miscarriage and several rounds of failed fertility injections, her little miracle was conceived naturally. She never thought in a million years, that she and her husband would be in their late 30’s by the time they had their first child. Since the financial crisis of 2008, she has endured some of the most difficult years of her life. The stress of trying to conceive was combined with some of life’s biggest challenges. She and her husband, who is a trader, both lost their jobs on Wall Street the exact same month. Her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she ended up passing away while she was 6 months pregnant. At times it didn’t seem like things would ever get better, but she has learned that life is cyclical and what comes down must again go up. Leaving her baby boy with a wonderful nanny each day is difficult, but at times it is easier than she would have expected. She still enjoys the seemingly addictive draw of working on Wall Street. The past few years have been dramatically different from the “good days” but she is focused on trying to achieve what she once had before. She is currently working on launching her own blog, Wall Street Mama, in an attempt to guide others who are focused on continuing their career, yet struggle with leaving their little ones at home. She is weathering the ups and downs of the market and motherhood, one day at a time.

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