Um, you guys? It’s February. How did this happen? My life don’t travel in the rotation of days lately, as any new mom knows, they travel in increments of hours. Two hour increments, as this is what my little nine pound dictator deems fit. So between feedings, changings, and burpings, we’ve somehow stumbled into the middle of February and frankly I am flabbergasted. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you know I love resolutions. This past year I attempted to do 112 things in 2012 and shockingly I accomplished well over sixty of them! And though its February I really want to keep on with the tradition though a bit altered this year as I read Hijabman’s wonderful breakdown in which he listed out what areas he wanted to focus on and though my list is not exactly the same, I thought it might be nice to try a different approach to creating goals. And while I have a ton more goals that I’ve journaled out, the ones outlined below are the ones that are topping my list this year:
Minimize connectivity, maximize the moments: I want to be more present in my life. I recently read this moving post about how to miss your child’s childhood thanks to our hand held devices. My goal is to simply not use the data on my phone while my children are around me and to find ways to improve my ability to live in the moment.
Weight Loss: Last year I set out a goal to lose 15 pounds. I lost over 20. It felt amazing. I loved not only the clothes I could wear with confidence but the discipline I gained. Now? Now I’ve done had a baby and gained back the weight [and then some] so I get to resolve to do this all over again! Yay! [Yeah, no]. I have a bit of a road ahead of me but trying to remember the mantra nine months on, nine months off and luckily this time around I know exactly what to do to get to the other side.
Run a 5K: I hate exercise. When I lost weight last year, I did it with diet alone, but exercise is important and I think I might be motivated to do it with a goal in mind, like a 5K. My seventh grade gym teacher, after watching me clock in on the one mile in 16 minutes many a moon ago said that though he never liked to discourage his students he could safely say I would never ever be a runner. So now, I’m going to harness the power of the couch to 5K, sign up for a run in mid-June, and prove Mr. Johnson wrong.
Grow a vegetable garden: My only hope its not too late? I really want to have more control over what my family and I eat and growing some of my own food seems to be a way to do this.
Learn at least one new recipe each month: I do this anyways but hope not to lose sight now that I’m busier. I’d also love to share my recipes on this blog if there is interest.
There are a bunch of other goals like relearning to use my fancy-schmancy camera, read 50 books, organize my house, create a cleaning schedule/routine but the ones above are extremely important to me this year and here’s hoping I can accomplish them and blog about them along the way in the hopes that what I learn on the journey could be of benefit to someone else. Now if you’ll excuse me, the little guy who rules this roost beckons.
Ever accomplished any of the things I’ve written about above and have some advice or perspective to share? Would love to hear your thoughts on what worked for you or what didn’t and if there’s any particular thing listed that you’d like to read more about than others please do share!