- Lose 12 pounds. I was going to say 10, but I decided to go for 12-one per month. See, nice and easy!
- Exercise more. This one is hard to commit to with a broken toe, but I *will* get back to it when I can run again.
- Get rid of stuff. We have a problem at our house-not enough room for all the stuff we have. I am scheming for a way to get more space, but in the meantime, we just need less stuff. I already condensed Christmas from 6 or 7 random boxes of stuff to about 3 or 4. I put all the tree stuff in one box, all the house stuff in another and cards and crafts in a third. Of course we have two trees in their own boxes, but they don't take up much room and all those containers are now neatly stacked in my basement. I have two boxes full of gift bags in my van to donate to the kids' school and I got rid of two boxes of trash. I *did* save one box full of "nice stuff that we never use" because I figure I can sell it next year.
|The whole bottom right corner of this picture is stuff I got rid of!|
- Pray more. Fr. Silvio said something at Mass the other day about how easy it is to give thanks for opening your eyes every morning. It is a blessing to wake up and greet a new day and I am going to treat it as one. So before I even get out of bed each morning, I am going to say a prayer to get my day off on the right foot.
- Save money. Part of my scheming for more space involves improving the house we have to getting a new one. Both of those choices will take an extraordinary amount of money, so we have got to start saving more.
- **Editing to add blogging** I really enjoy writing out our daily stories of life. I love being able to go back and relive moments from the past. I am trying to blog every day (except weekends) and this year I want to be more purposeful about that!
- Plan better. One of the things I hated most when I was teaching, was the writing of lesson plans. I always had a general sense of where things were going and specific ideas for specific days, but the times when I had a fully written plan with objectives and goals were the lessons that went the best. I need to do this in life. I've been meal planning and keeping a calendar of activities and events, but I still need more. I need to plan my week with goals and objectives. With a list of things that should get done by the end of the week and a schedule of how those things happen, I feel like I can make our house (and my head) run more smoothly.
- Be a better example to my children. I think that by accomplishing the things I stated above, I will be well on my way to being a better example for my kids, but I want to have this as an underlying goal for the year. New Year's Resolutions are not just about improving myself. They are about improving everything I come in contact with. And the most important "things" I have regular contact with are my children. Improving myself will help them to improve themselves. All we'll all be happier in 2013!
|The boys playing "Dueling Dustbusters" in the living room. See?! Cleaning can be fun!!|