Okay, so I’m one of those checklist addicts that gets overly giddy at the prospect of checking things off my to do list. Like, no joke, I will put “wake up” on my list so that I can feel awesome and productive first thing in the morning. I… I really wish I were joking. haha!
As fanatical as that may sound, in all seriousness, I firmly believe in goal setting and constantly striving to better oneself, all the time, every day. So I’m regularly setting myself daily, weekly and monthly goals. I know, I know. Me and my lists. My dozens and dozens of lists. (I make OCD look awesome, I know!)
Anyway, since I am a resolution setting list-aholic, setting New Years Resolutions is obviously a big deal for me. It’s the MEGA LIST. The list of all lists. The, “Do This Or Forever Fail At Life” list.
Now every year I try to set resolutions for the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit. Just like having a balanced diet, any goals at self-improvement and wellness should take the whole being into account, not just one aspect.
Last year, I failed majorly in my resolutions, but I don’t feel too horrible about it. Why? Because each and every “failure” was really just an unrealistic expectation being a new mommy and Navy wife. At the time I made the resolutions, my daughter was a stationary two month old and we had not yet embarked on the cross country traveling the Navy would require of our family. So my resolutions were doomed from the start, without my really realizing it at the time. So I’m not feeling too down about it all. (My, how being a mommy changes you!)
For instance, my resolution “Keep a written prayer journal”? Yeah, I’m lucky if I can highlight a passage in my Bible without Tessa fighting me for the ink pen and scribbling baby doodles all over the New Testament. The resolution, “Go on the South Beach Diet”? That was out the window the moment I got pregnant again – pregnancy cravings are no freaking joke! My resolution “Go hiking once a week”? Easy to achieve while in Florida, minutes from lush beachside hiking trails, but nigh impossible now that the Navy has us in the middle of flat agricultural Central California.
So anyway, I’m setting new resolutions this year – many of them very similar to my previous resolutions – but in a (hopefully) far more achievable with a toddler and a newborn format.
So enough of my blabbering. On with my resolutions!
Read one informational, home or self-improvement book for every fun, fiction or fantasy book I read.
I am a book-aholic. Years ago I had set a daily goal to read at least 25 pages a day, and with rare exceptions (traveling, holidays, busy days) I have stuck to this resolution religiously. So I go through books fairly quickly. The reading part isn’t hard, even with a rambunctious toddler. But I figure I should make a point to change up the content of my reading. As a new mom, a new homeowner and a newbie at green and healthy living lifestyles, I want to make a point of reading at least one improvement and informational book for each fun and frivolous entertainment book I read. This should be an easy resolution, and one that will pay off in knowledge in know-how (hopefully!).
Read at least one book a day with my daughter.
I read books to Tessa quite frequently at the moment, but I don’t have a book reading routine down with her just yet. Mostly I read her books as she brings them to me, or whenever we pick up a new title at a thrift store or through a book review program, but as a rapidly growing 15 month old, I think it’s time to make a major point of book reading as a family being a habit. Whether at bedtime or before nap time, or just for fun, I’m going to make it a point to read one board book a day with my daughter!
Begin writing down (even if in tweets or status updates) inspirational quotes that motivate me.
This is kind of a repeat of last years failed resolution. I had originally resolved to write down inspirational quotes in a physical journal. But having a baby? HA! So I’m going to tweak it a bit. Tweets and status updates (easier to do than scramble for a pen and my journal) are now the goal. This resolution is important to me because I used to gather up quotes as a teenager and I was amazed at how taking the time to write down quotes – whether they were funny, profound, spiritual, political or just plain cute – helped me to absorb, enjoy and inadvertently memorize the things I wrote. Also inspirational, feel good tidbits are a ready pick me up.
Drink one glass of water for every non-water drink I consume.
I struggle with this resolution so hard. And I seriously debated about whether I should even jump on this one, since I pretty much hate drinking water and this will be a HARD resolution to keep. But with all of my other resolutions being so EASY, I can bite off on a challenge, right? So instead of setting “X amount of glasses a day” type resolutions, I’m just going to make a point of drinking one glass of water for every cup of coffee, tea, juice or kombucha I drink. Should be easy right? *nervous chuckle*
(After the baby is born) – Switch to a strict whole and minimally processed foods ONLY diet until I reach my ideal weight.
I did this when I first met my husband, and I lost 50 pounds in just 8 months. So I KNOW I can do this again. I know it’s not easy, and it requires a lot of forethought. But it’s do-able, and the rewards are WELL worth the effort. Since having Tessa and now being pregnant with Thyme, my cravings are downright uncontrollable, so the pounds have been packing on. But once I pop out this princess, I’m going to dive right in and take my body and health back, dammit!
(After the baby is born) – Start a daily stretching routine and a twice weekly workout routine at the gym.
I’ve never really done the “go to the gym” routine. So this is uncharted territory for me. But I am DETERMINED to take my body back after these pregnancies, and with cool and fun classes at our local gym like “Bollywood Dancing” and “Hip Hop Kickboxing”, (and childcare to boot!) I don’t foresee this being too hard to stick to.
Start a daily devotional and Bible study with my husband.
Jonathan and I already read devotionals together on occasion, but it’s kind of hit and miss. So we’re going to make a point of doing a devotional – if even for five minutes – once a day, before bedtime.
Pray with Tessa every night before bed (even if she is already asleep).
Again, this happens semi-regularly already, but it needs to be made a bigger priority. Too often she falls asleep before we settle down for the night, and then I keep my prayers silent and to myself. But I want Tessa raised knowing that mom and dad pray for and with her every night.
Start regularly going to church.
I have yet to find a church that I love here in the Central Valley, and I use that as a kind of excuse to stay home and work on my to-do list around the house. But it’s reaching a point that I need to either suck it up and get involved in a church community with all it’s flaws, or redouble my efforts to find a good church that meets my rather exacting criteria (must not shy away from controversial issues, must be active in the local and global community, must have a great children’s program, must have small groups in the evening so we can attend, etc., etc.) Whichever route I take, I think making church a priority is a must at this point.
So those are my resolutions for 2015! Share some of yours below, I’d love to hear some of yours!
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