I love resolutions. And in case you can’t tell, I like to take my time making them. It’s like looking at model homes just above my price range before settling into the comfortable, nice home I’ll live in. I like to dream before I commit. But I think I’m finally ready for you, 2011. And here are my plans, big and little.
Make extras. I’ve always admired a person who can handle last minute house or dinner guests. Some people just know how to make things stretch. I want to do that with my time. I want to have enough fat in my schedule that it is easier to drop everything to help a friend or go on a last minute road trip. I have to find new places to simplify, but I think it will be worth it.
Get my hands dirty. It’s been way too long since I forgot myself to just spend an entire day with my kids, to read a book the size of a brick, to try a really involved recipe, or to just be there for someone else. With my baby growing up this year, I think some of these may be possible, even if I only fit them in on rare occasions.
Organize all my photos and video. I fantasize about having all my photos tagged.
Get my ears pierced for the third time and keep them that way. I’m a woman and should dress like one, right? I am seriously the worst at making time to be hot. I picked up this set of earrings already this year. Do you like them? Now I just need to be able to wear them.
Get better at getting stains out my kids clothes. This is definitely a weak spot. Tips, anyone?
Do my best work. Even as I am trying to keep things super simple for my first goal, occasionally I need a project where I can do my best work. I’d like that to happen on this blog. I think it’s going to get a little overhaul. I have some new ideas that make me grin every time I think of them. This year, my posts may not all follow one theme. And you will probably hear from me less often, maybe once or twice a week instead of daily. But when you do hear from me it will be a little closer to the best this girl has to offer.
Listen & read more, talk less. Simple enough.
Do what works. Do you have certain things in your life that you have to do or you just aren’t you? Things that regenerate you? What are yours? I’ve been surprised to discover what mine are. But I really think I need to make time at least once a week to journal, organize, read, and do something wild and fun with my kids or husband. More picnics, more family dance parties, more one-afternoon adventures.
I also want to do the things I know are rewarding and worth the investment for my family. Taking time to let kids help with chores, bedtime, family nights. We may not get to them every week or every night, but I’m okay with that.