- The Fam
I love New Year’s Resolutions. Why you ask? I don’t know how to really express the excitement the New Year brings for me. Maybe it’s because I have a real excuse unleash the organizing/goal setting freak inside me that always lies right below the surface.
Each year brings so much potential. I love learning and growing, setting goals (and accomplishing them), organization and personal reflection. A new year is a gift to anyone who desires a fresh slate. It’s a gift to the wishful dreamer and especially to the motivated dreamer. I float around at the beginning of each year dreaming of different possibilities for the coming year and count on Husband and the girls to bring me back down to earth.
And my dreams are big this year. I have spent the last few days/weeks reflecting on what I want to change or improve in my life and resolutions or goals that will help me and our family progress. Then I really think about how we can accomplish them and visualize the end goal to get me motivated to work hard. Last year we did really good and all accomplished our goals with only a couple exceptions.
It also helps to write them out. So here we go…
2011 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Get a dog. This was a goal for Raine last year…due to our housing arrangements it was not possible. We like to make goals that really encompass multiple wishes…getting a dog is a symbol of living in a house, with a yard. *Crossed fingers* Please let this be the year!! We are also ready for a new family member that Raine can hug and love on since Lime has a very large personal bubble.
2. Exotic adventure as a family. We are thinking Mexico. Mexican immersion all year round!! We’re not exactly set on Mexico but we would really like to go on a trip each year that exposes the girls to the world and that we prepare for all year. This will take some financial sacrifice and planning as well. I’ve already picked up books and videos on Mexico from the library and I plan to start brushing up on my Spanish with the girls! Tia…where you at?
P.S. Anyone want to join us? I was thinking I might do regular updates on our immersion process as well as our plans.
3. Family garden. We want to grow our own food and make a significant effort to buy local foods. I love gardening and have started my planning for a large garden this year. It is important to us to eat whole foods and know what we are putting into our bodies. Growing your own food and buying from the farmers themselves helps accomplish this.
4. Money in savings AFTER Christmas. This was Husbands idea and kind of a genius resolution. Super mature goal right? This will take some major planning and a sacrifice to accomplish if we are taking a major trip out of country.
5. Community Service. This has been nagging at me. To be completely honest I feel like I am constantly serving my community while I’m at work. But I know that I could do more and I want the girls to have a sense of community while they grow up. I think about what we can do often but have not come up with an adequate long-term solution to serving our community…any ideas? Really, I want to know what you think.
1. FINISH a Sprint Triathlon. I’m really excited about this one. I ran a 5K last year and loved getting in shape for it. I live in track town USA…I need to up my game this year!
2. Submit a book to a publisher. So, last year I started this blog to become a better writer. I love to read and admire writers. But what you may not know is that I dream of publishing a book one day…especially childrens books. 30 years from now I would love to be traveling around the world, successfully writing childrens books and loving on grandchildren. Heaven.
Husband reminds me often that if I want to accomplish this there is only one way to do it…BUTT IN SEAT…the only way to be a writer. So this year I stop dreaming and start writing. By the end of the year I plan to send something off. It will most likely be crappy but I have to start sometime.
3. Be Present, Satisfied and Accepting of Self. This is my mantra for the year.
Being present~ I hope to really stop, open my eyes and participate in the small moments in my daily life. Live in the now, I guess.
Being satisfied~ I think that overall I am very grateful for what I have in life. But throughout my daily life I often feel dissatisfaction creep in and it weighs me down. I am constantly thinking about my big plans for the future or what I want or need for our family (we’re a poor law school family, its easy to do) instead of really appreciating what I have now, because I won’t ever have this again. I tell myself often that one-day I’ll look back at this time in our lives and will miss when we were living in tight spaces that foster creativity and closeness.
Being accepting of myself ~ My worldview is often different than those around me. Living in Oregon has helped me to more fully realize this as a great thing. This year I want to focus on recognizing that I might be different but different is great!
4. Work is for Work is for work. Really, this is part of being fully present. I decided it deserves more attention considering the heartache it regularly causes me. Since I started working again, I think (worry) about going to work way too much. I get all stressed out about leaving the girls and our routine, which puts me in a bad mood and ruins some of my time with them. This year, I’m going to focus on finishing everything at work AT work…even if it means staying a little longer. Another big piece of the problem is that I need to focus on enjoying my time at work so I don’t dread going! If I have down time at work I’m not going to work on projects I bring from home …I’m going to hone my craft and study. I can change my perspective and assign meaning to what I do…I’ll be a more contented person, and most likely more effective.
As you can see…he didn’t put AS much thought into his as I did …
1. Be employed for next summer.
2. Run a sub 27 minute 5K.
3. Get all A or A- grades spring semester. (Big deal in Law School!)
You should know when I asked about her resolutions she immediately said, “Find a pine cone outside!!” I then prompted her to maybe dream a little larger…she said, “Ride a spaceship!!” Umm OKAY. Let’s think some more about realistic goals… “Go to Disneyland?!?” Closer…
1. Run a 1 K and/or kids Triathlon – This is her physical goal…last year she seemed to young to do it on her own but after the school jog-a-thon I know she can do it!
2. Read a chapter book solo.
3. Learn about different religions (Islam, Judaism, Catholicism and Buddhism)- She recently learned about Hanukah at school and was very interested. She wanted to celebrate it this coming year, which led to some discussion. Later, a friend told her she doesn’t celebrate Christmas…blew her mind!
4. Learn some Spanish …for real. She’s always pretending to speak Spanish and there really is no excuse for us to not to help her learn. Again, Tia…where you at?
1. Learn to talk…with family help.
2. Get outside more to explore, momma’s responsibility.
3. Learn to say Hola! And Adios!
So that is all. It’s going to be a great year. If you want to really think about your own New Year’s Resolutions, I recently found THIS post at Simple Mom that was really helpful in guiding me in the right direction. Also, you can find all the pictures/quotes that I used in this post HERE on my Pinterest page.
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