Monday, December 31, 2012

My New Year's Resolutions

I've never really been one to set a New Year's Resolution. I mean, of course I've said things in passing like "I want to exercise and eat better this year." Haven't we all? But I've never really thought about it in depth...until now.

1. Be more active. So cliche, right? Oh well. This is a big one for me. I hate exercise. I loathe working out. It's just so boring and repetitive. However, I think if I were to exercise it would really help out my mood and energy level (which are severely suffering right now!) I can't afford a gym, nor do I think I'd enjoy going if I could. Workout DVDs are always OK at first, but I quickly grow bored with them and end up quitting after about 2 weeks of exercising at home. I'd love to go for a bike ride or a nice long walk, but unfortunately I live in an area that pretty much gets rained on 24/7, so it makes biking & walking (especially with kids in tow) not so fun. The whole "being more active" thing is definitely going to be a tricky one, but I'm going to explore all of my options carefully, from possibly purchasing a used elliptical or something to maybe joining my local YMCA.

2. Make date night a priority. This is an area that needs some serious work for us.We hardly ever get date nights. We don't have anyone who will help us with babysitting...ever. (which is annoying, because I'm always offering to help people out whenever they need a sitter!) Anyway, yeah, I did the math and our last date night was over 6 months ago. 6 months since I spent a few hours with my husband outside of my own house and away from my kids. Sad huh? I'm hoping to make it a monthly thing, and I'd like to get creative with our date ideas. I want to try some new things and have some fun!

3. Be a better wife. With a little help from #2, I'm hoping to be a better wife to my husband in 2013. When you have kids, work, laundry, dishes, bedtimes, baths, school work, errands, bills, and about a billion other things going on in our daily lives, it's really easy to turn on the auto-pilot mode where you're just kind of making it through the day. It's not to say that we aren't spending time together or anything, but the routine starts to get old real quick and I realize we both require more sometimes. I'm going to really try to figure out what exactly it is that he needs and focus on that...be that for him. Find a way to make his day better or make his life a little bit easier. This might prove to be a challenge, but I'm up for it!

4. Be a better mom.  This one could always use some work, right? I could definitely cut loose a little more & let things go. The dishes can wait, my kids can't. They are growing right before my eyes so I know I should really cherish this time. Once you get out of the baby & toddler stages you get into kid mode and things start taking off at lightening speed. You blink and the next thing you know your cute little toddler is a an 8 year old who now comes up to your shoulder. The role of maid, cook, and babysitter becomes your main focus as your babies grow up before your eyes and become more independent. At the end of the day I'm drained from all of the "stuff" I have to get done and I sometimes forget to just be mom. I want to get back to that!

5. Read more, watch less. Clearly, the fact that I didn't meet my reading goal this year means that I probably spent too much time in front of the TV. My GoodReads goal for 2012 was 50 books, and I only read 42. My goal for 2013 is going to be another 50 books, PLUS the 8 I missed from this year. So that's 58 books! I'm thinking if I utilize my DVR a little more wisely I could probably get more reading done and still catch my favorite shows (and spend less time watching commercials!)

6. Craft more. Now that I have my craft area back again I need to get to sewing and creating. I'm hoping my gorgeous baby niece will be motivation enough to get me sewing again. This might also help me to spend less time staring at the television screen. Plus, crafting = blogging material!

7. Be a better friend. I feel like I've been so wrapped up in my own crap that I might be neglecting some friendships. I don't live near any of my friends anymore and I guess a random text or two here or there probably doesn't cut it as a friend. I'm really going to work on it and try to be there for some of my favorite ladies like I should be!

8. Stay positive.  Sounds easy enough but it can be tricky. It's easy to be sarcastic and bitchy as a defense mechanism or as a way of coping with insecurities. I'm really trying to be more positive and upbeat. I want to be more of a "glass is half full" kind of gal.

I'm also going to be participating in my bloggy BFF Amber's new linky party called 52 Weeks of Kindness. I'm even co-hosting her first week!!! So come back on Friday to see my first link up for that.
Manic Mother

 Any big plans for New Year's Eve? Mine will be the same as always...at home with the husband and kids! I might have a glass or two of champagne and try to talk my husband into playing some Kinect with me.

 Hope you all have a happy and safe New Year!
 

7 comments:

  1. These are all wonderful resolutions! Happy New Year. :)

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  2. Love these resolutions! I feel like I should be doing a lot of these too. I will be posting mine tomorrow.

    Love, The Skinnys

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  3. I like your list Melissa, especially #8. Happy New Year. I Love you and miss you a lot. Dad

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  4. Well i am a newby to your blog but i love it!! i check in everyday and have really beeen thinking about starting one myself but i have no idea even where or how to start but any how i love ur new years list and i may have to copy a few, but as always thanks for sharing <3

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  5. i love your goals! I really need to work on having date nights...having two kids is even harder to find someone that can handle both of them. :(

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  6. I don't know if you guys have a Wii, but Wii Fit is all kinds of awesome. You get exercise but it's also fun and it makes it really easy to track your progress too.

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  7. Great goals. The trick to #3, in my opinion, is doing a lot of *little* nice things. They often end up having a huge effect.

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