Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Resolutions, Goals, Whatever . . . Make it Happen

Seriously?  It's 2014 . . . where does the time go?  I feel like I just did this whole New Year's thing. 
I do love a fresh start so New Year's is an OCD lover's dream.  I'm a habitual resolution maker.  I should probably mention that I'm also an equally habitual resolution breaker. 

Its kind of like Newton's 3rd law of motion in a figurative sense . . . for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  I get started with a bang, and then all my good intentions fizzle.  Not sure why . . . but I should probably figure my shiz out. 

I feel semi-obligated to list some resolutions here . . . my public decree of my "home improvements," if you will.  Perhaps some accountability, in the form of writing it down and being able to go back and review things in black and white, will help me accomplish what it is that I set out to do.  My inclination is to say "maybe not," but that's defeating myself before I even get started.  I can do any damn thing I set my mind out to do . . . and so can you.

Ok . . . onto the list.  And it should be noted I truly love a list.  While the first one is my main goal, the rest are in no particular order. 

1.  This might not seem like a big deal to some, but this really sets the tone for most of my other resolutions because it allows me to have more time in my day. 
I am a great volunteer because I will Get. It. Done.  But sometimes it's at the expense of myself or my family.  I will not have time to work out, or fix dinner or really to do a myriad of other things that would ultimately make me happier.  I've got to sit on my hands this year and not say yes to any other volunteer commitments. 
2.  I could go with the generic work out more resolution, but I think I'd like to one up that and say I'd like to run a half marathon this year.  Do I love running?  Not so much, but I love the way I feel afterwards and the calorie burn.  And Getzy got me some fancy new Bose workout ear buds so I'm convinced they are going to help me run like the wind! 
3.  And cue the weight loss resolution . . . drop and give me twenty.  Pounds that is.  I'd like to shake loose of 20 pounds and KEEP THEM OFF.  That's the trick.  I can lose weight, but I can find it right back.  Every year.  Rinse and repeat.  I lose around 20 and gain it back by the end of the year.  Seriously.  Enough is enough.

4.  Be more deliberate about my spending.  Sometimes I think I'm spendy (pretty sure that's a word) and sometimes I think I'm not.  (And quite frankly, we don't ask Getzy his opinion on these matters.)  I really think I need to just be a bit more mindful of not duplicating items I already own and taking a few days to really decide if it's a need or a want.  Wants are ok . . . just in moderation. 

5.  In that same vain, really cleaning out my house from top to bottom.  We have plenty of room so clearly we have too much stuff if our house starts to feel small.  

6.  Update the interior of our main floor . . . ok, I know this goes against not spending, but it will at least be deliberate.  We want to hang our tv over the fireplace, add some built in cabinets, paint, update fixtures and furniture.  Our style has changed over the years, and it's time for a fresh look.

7.  Connect more with people I care about . . . past and present.  I'm grateful in that I have friends from all points in my life . . . but the time gets away and months, even years, go by, and I haven't connected with them to just say hi, I miss you and I still care.   

8.  I would like to walk my dogs more.  They deserve to leave the back yard and enjoy some exercise.  And Abby may, or may not be, a few pounds over her ideal weight.  
9.  Bark less.  Ok, yell less, but I do crack myself up.  Shocking . . . I'm loud, and I tend to yell as my main form of communication.  Half of the time I don't even realize I'm doing it.  I suppose being more patient goes along with this . . . I'm pretty sure this will be a life long endeavor.   Gotta start somewhere! 

10.  Menu planning and updating my cooking arsenal.  I like to cook but can get stuck in a rut fixing the same old things.  Sometimes the old standards are just what you need, but we all could use some new spice in our life, so to speak. 

11.  Focus on my marriage . . . as parents of active kids, we tend to go, go, go with their activities and forget to make time to just enjoy each other.  Date nights are critical . . . to reconnect and talk without distraction.  Sometimes we get mired in the details of life and forget how much we really like each other's company.

12.  Take time to play or hang out with my kids.  Sometimes I get too busy to just have fun with them.  I'd also like to take them out individually more often . . . I love one on one time with them. 
13.  Be grateful.  For all the blessings . . . great and small. 

14.  Organize years of pictures.  I might even get crazy and try to make online photo albums.  That would be epic. 

15.  Keep on blogging . . . it brings me such joy when people tell me they love to read it.  It brings me joy to write down my current thoughts and share pictures.  It brings me joy to re-read posts and think about my kids having this from their mom when they get older.   

16.  Grab every opportunity for an adventure by the horns . . . life is too short to sit still and watch it pass you by.  I'd like to take my mom and kids to Savannah and Charleston for a visit.  My BFF and I want to take the kids to Memphis for our annual adventure. 

17.  Be a great friend.  My ladies are super important to me and are a great support system . . . in the good times and the bad. 

18.  Laugh often.  And loudly.
19.  In that same vain, attend church on a more regular basis.  I love the church we joined . . . it makes me happy.  We just need to get our lazy butts up and moving.

20.  And finally, continue to be bad ass.  My kids, and Getzy, need to know that I've still got it.  Whatever "it" may be. 
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  1. I love this list! I hope you will blog about all efforts this year! Including the cleaning out of the house, bc I need to take note on that too!

  2. Great post! I do like reading your thoughts so keep sharing on the journey! I was gonna pick just like 5 things to work on... you have 20. I am impressed!!!