I rolled my eyes at New Year’s Resolutions last year. Knowing that the only thing I could accurately predict is that things would be different come the new year and that I needed to roll with the changes.
And while I still agree with that thought- and know that some changes bring positivity and some I kick and scream and fight against- I’ve realized that I need to be more intentional about what sort of change I want to see, so resolutions are a must for me. I need to put my goals out there so I’ll actually do them!
No more yelling at my kids. This is one I’ve thought about so many times. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve written about not wanting to be a yelling mom. And yet, I keep doing it. But I wasn’t able to scream over the holiday. I was so sick during Christmas week that it was a miracle I was even awake for any of it- I had no voice, so it was impossible to scream. And not being able to made me really think about how much I do yell.
When I told Hubs this one, he laughed and asked if this meant I was just going to tell him to go yell at the kids. But this resolution doesn’t mean that I won’t discipline my kids or that I’ll stop telling them no. It just means that my tone will change. I don’t want them to look back on their childhoods and only remember that their mama was constantly yelling at them. I can still parent without the need for yelling. It’s been three weeks and I can honestly tell you that I feel less stressed and I’ve beat myself up less often about crappy parenting. I’ve been checking out The Orange Rhino Challenge for inspiration.
Get back in shape. I’m short. So when I gain weight, it’s majorly noticeable. And while you probably wouldn’t call me chubby if you saw me, I feel it. And I hate this feeling. I did nothing but gain this past fall and winter and am at my heaviest adult weight(excepting pregnancies). I need to start exercising on a regular basis again and eating better. If you know of any resources for healthy yet still affordable meals, I’d love if you left me a link in the comments!
Get a job/find more projects. I still have a few small projects I’m working on, but my biggest and most time-consuming projects ended this past fall. We were used to being a two income family and it’s been rough to go back to a one income(or one and a third, I guess). I love the work I’ve done for companies, building up their social media presence and working on blogger outreach. But, I need to find new projects or figure out some other work to do.
Make this house my home. Last Spring, we finally bought our first home. For the many, many years before that, every place we lived was just temporary and there wasn’t much motivation to settle in. We’ve made some strides toward really making this place ours, but I want to do more(like hanging pictures!).
Go back to church. About a year and a half ago, we stopped going to church on a regular basis. There’s a story behind it that I might share for a Pour Your Heart Out, but it’s been long enough. I don’t want to just go for holidays, I want to feel like I belong to a church.