Every year January goes a little something like this, “A new year! A fresh start! This year I vow to stop doing [insert terrible habit here] and start doing more [insert great intentioned habit here].” Then, well then February rolls around (I considered saying June, but who am I kidding?), and lo and behold not only have I dropped all resolutions, but I probably couldn’t even name them if I tried.
This time of year just begs to be taken outside and shaken off, and cleaned up. It’s the time of year that says, “Life, it’s time to rotate the tires, move around the furniture, pick a new hairstyle, anything goes.” Needless to say, my family does not enjoy me during this season. When I say, “I’ve got my New Years Resolution, who wants to hear it?” It is more often than not met with groans. Gems of the past have included:
- NO more TV as a family after 6pm
- Spending every weekend all together as a family (every. single. weekend. I do not recommend this)
- Only eating things with 2 legs or fins (I blame Gwyneth for this one, also do not recommend it, however I do recommend telling it to your mother-in-law if for no other reason than to see her struggle to not call you nuts).
There have been the usual suspects as well, read my bible more, workout more, eat better, social media less….but alas, 6 weeks in and I’m slipping right back into my old habits. It’s maddening.
Today I sat down and wrote a no judgment list of all the things I’d like to tackle in 2017, the list was long, but also fortuitously there were 12 items. Which got me to thinking, why not try a new one each month? This should keep things fresh, and with my past record of apparently only being able to stick to something for about 5-6 weeks, I should be able to stick to it no problem [insert nervous laughter here]. Which led me to, I should tell these to someone, show them my list, that way they can hold me accountable. But how to do that in a concise way? Text? Email? Who to share it with? And thus the idea to start a blog was born. (I hope to explain in a later entry why I hate blogging, and how I think it’s stolen the soul from my generation, and the world of writing in general, but thats a post for another time.)
So, ladies and gents (will any gents actually read this? by ladies do I mean my mom, and mother-in-law?), here in no certain order, is my list of resolutions for 2017:
- Get better/more consistent at meal planning
- Attend daily mass at least twice a week
- Read more paper books, less ebooks
- Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
- Devotional/journaling/coloring time every single day
- Go to bed early/wake before kids
- Create regular standing date nights
- Take more walks as a family
- Have a regularly planned family date nights
- More one-on-one time w/each big kid
- Write more
- Less TV
These are the things I want to grow in, build on, and improve in 2017. I want to work on them all throughout the entire year, but each month will have a focus item where I find a way to better integrate, and fine tune the item into my daily life. Next I assigned each item to a month, I would show you that, but I’m reserving the rite to tweak that list.
January begins with getting better at meal planning. We’re all pretty exhausted with all the eating out and big meals form the Holiday Season so this one seemed like a no brainer. Wait, I hear what you’re thinking. Wouldn’t going to the gym be the no brainer for January? Yep. And that’s what everyone else and their 14 cousins also decided today which is why you won’t catch me in a gym until February 1st. Hey, at least I’m learning from past years failures, because the gym come February is about as quiet as Mariah Carey singing on New Years Eve (I’m sorry I had to, really I’m proud that I waited that long).
Well, there you have it, my resolutions, my first blog post, and all done before midnight on January 1st. Good gravy, there is NO WAY I can keep up the pace of productiveness throughout the year. Ah well, let’s try and think positive, at least for now.