Two New Years Resolutions

I was thinking about New Years Resolutions last night. When January first initially rolled around, I kinda thought maybe I would just forget about resolutions this year. I always write the same things and only have so-so luck with actually accomplishing any of it. Sad, I know. But I read a few blogs, got inspired, and then started thinking about it again. That is the thing I really like about blogs I read – they’re so inspirational. I miss getting to read them as often as I used to.

For example, one of the first things that I’d love to “fix” is our office. It is a freakin’ mess. Like a bomb blew up in there. It doesn’t even look like it belongs to the rest of our house. When people come over, we make sure to shut the door immediately. I wish it wasn’t like that. There was a time when it was a calm space, fairly neat and organized. A place where David and I spent the majority of our time together (this was pre-kids). Now it is a dumping ground for odds and ends, papers that need filing, coupons that get lost, and every other thing that has no home. It’s also where both our computers are, which is probably why I am never on mine any more. I can hardly see it through the clutter (and David has the luxury of using his work laptop in other portions of the house).

I’d love to say “My new years resolution is to organize the office.” But, I won’t. Because I’m not sure I will. I’ll think about it, though, and usually tidy it up a bit, especially if I know my mother-in-law is coming for a visit. The truth is, I don’t really care about the office. It won’t ever be kid friendly, due to all the electronics and cords, David’s fly-tying supplies, and heavy things on our expedit bookshelf. David doesn’t even want the office anymore. He’d rather tear it out and make it back into the garage (which I still can’t imagine). So, you see, if I said it would be a resolution, I would be setting myself up for failure.

Not this year.

Instead, last night laying in bed at 9pm, I came up with two simple, solid resolutions (with possibly a third to come).

1. Pare down.
2. Appreciate.

We have a lot of stuff. I love stuff! I love giving stuff and finding stuff and getting stuff (have I mentioned I got some of the most wonderful Christmas gifts ever this year?). Now it is time to get rid of stuff – the broken stuff, the no longer useful stuff, the stuff that just needs to go. Most importantly, both David and I need to follow through by taking it out of the house, and not just leaving piles hidden in closets labeled “Goodwill.”

“Appreciate” is mostly directed toward my family, especially my husband. He is so wonderful, and does so much for our family. He’s an occasional handyman, cook, mechanic, dishwasher, house cleaner, builder, entertainer and more all in one. Sometimes I forget how amazing he is (lack of sleep makes me forgetful – if I wrote “get more sleep” it would also set up for failure, since my sleep is now dictated by the night wakings of our toddler). I want to be appreciative of so much more as well – my friends, our health, our home. I am one of the luckiest people in the world, and I want to remember that.

So there it is. Two perfectly doable resolutions that I actually want to accomplish. No dreading tasks or procrastination. These are ongoing goals that can be done anytime, in big ways and small ways, that will always make a difference.

Here’s to a blessed New Year for all of us!

P.S. You can download printable 4×6″ pdfs files just by clicking the images above. I plan to hang them inside my closet as a reminder. 🙂





New Year’s Goals

“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”

This is a quote by Robert A. Heinlein that my father-in-law has taped to his computer monitor. I noticed it while we were visiting Colorado, and it made me think for a moment. I realized then that I kind of stopped having goals for a while, especially after I got pregnant in September and the terrible morning sickness started. At that point, it was all I could do to focus on existing. I’m glad Chloe will not remember any of it.

Like millions of other people, I am starting to think about the goals I’d like to accomplish in the coming year. Unfortunately, I pretty much failed on my last year’s goals, as easy as they could have been. The problem with me (besides much that I’ll not list here) is that I am simply not a creature of habit. I sincerely dislike repetitive tasks, no matter how good they might be for me, or how much I’ll like the end result. It is just something I know about myself. So, the question is, if I am not goal-oriented, what am I? How do I go about effectively choosing and prioritizing my goals, and how can I accomplish them?

Despite what I just wrote, I am capable of goal-setting and success. Many big things like “getting a degree,” “trip to Europe,” “buying a house,” and “starting a family,” have been accomplished. Small things like “making my bed everyday,” “drinking more water” or “keeping an organized desk” simply haven’t survived, no matter how many times I’ve tried.

So, where to focus? There’s lots to choose from – my kid(s), our finances, our home, family, the things that make us happy, retirement, the future… these are things I’ll be reflecting on in the coming days and weeks, to try and develop some “clearly defined goals.” I encourage everyone to do a little reflecting of your own, if you haven’t already, and please feel free to share your thoughts on the subject!


Thoughts for 2010

Meridian Way Wind Farm, Cloud County, Kansas

It seems that every year I make the same old resolutions – drink more water, exercise, spend less, blah, blah. Not surprisingly, the outcome is about the same from year to year. This year, I’m skipping the resolutions. Instead, I’ve decided on three simple goals I’d like to accomplish just once every month in 2010:

1. Make something crafty
2. Visit someplace new
3. Try a new recipe

That’s it. Simple, measurable, achievable.

Of course, there are a thousand other things I could add to this list, and ultimately I do have many more hopes for this new year, but these are just for me, and perhaps my family (and possibly friends) will also benefit. It could mean a trip to the Children’s Museum with Chloe (where I’ve never been) or a delicious, unique meal for my husband to try. Either way, I hope it will also provide a chance to document each undertaking with photography, which is something I enjoy and would like to get better at.

What are your goals for the new year?

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