Happy February 1 everyone – time to make some resolutions! [What? It’s perfectly normal to make resolutions the first day of the second month of the year… everyone should have a resolution-free January.]
Last year was the first year I really thought about my resolutions and actually tried to stick to them for the whole year* and I feel like I did a pretty good job of being realistic with my resolutions and following through on them (see my report card). I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to accomplish in this coming year and there are quite a few things that are on my 35 before 35 list that I’d like to check off so I don’t know that I’ll include those as resolutions since they are already covered there, but there are a few general thoughts/themes/topics I’d like to write down as resolutions and hope that you’ll join me in praying over them and holding me accountable. And as you’ll soon discover, I’m not averse to reusing resolutions.
1. Be the kind of mom who says “yes” more than “no” when it comes to things I’d prefer not to do [not things the kids should not be doing – I’m all about setting boundaries and expectations]
2. Make it to church over 50% of the Sundays in a year.
3. Read one book per month (–/12)
4. Continue my exercise and healthy eating habits; adding at least one new-to-me exercise to my “circuit” [I’m thinking punching bag in the basement]
5. Make a concerted effort to teach my kids the value of money (this might be lost on Jack at the moment); rewarding them for tasks accomplished and helping them start tithing.
6. Go out of my way to do random acts of kindness whenever possible.
7. Go away for a weekend with my husband.
8. Do not take anything more into my life without first getting “rid” of something (physical things, my time, etc…)
9. Make macaroons, crumpets and/or english muffins from scratch.
What do you resolve to do this year?
*I should probably note, that I just remembered I did make one other resolution that I stuck to for a whole year. During our second or third year of marriage, I resolved to not flip Simon the bird more than one time a day – I thought this was rather generous of me. I’m happy to say I stuck to that resolution and happier to say that I don’t really have to give him the middle finger any longer – I’ve moved on to simply the stink eye and sometimes pinching the skin on the back of his upper arm. I’m nice like that.