Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Years Resolutions

I know everyone has already posted their resolutions but I didn't even begin to think about it until a few days ago. Here is what I've come up with so far:

1. Continue going to the gym.
I've been managing to go 3-4 days a week and am fairly happy with that. Things are going to change when I start "working" again but I'd still like to find time to fit it in. I've already talked to SF about going in the evenings if I have to. While I've managed to accept my current weight and the fact that it fluctuates 5 pounds here or there - I'd still like to tone up a little bit and get rid of some of that baby weight I'm still carrying around.

2. Say yes more often to the kids.
I feel like I'm constantly telling them no. Take this scenario from last night:
Boy 1 didn't get home from wrestling until 8:30pm. By the time he took a shower and got dressed it was 8:50pm. He comes out to the kitchen where SF and I are talking and having a beer and says, "Can I skip brushing my teeth tonight, I'm tired." If SF hadn't been standing there I would have said NO before he even finished getting it out of his mouth. However, SF was there and said yes. I was all, "WHAT??" but didn't say anything.
The more I thought about it, I figured what's it matter if he doesn't brush his teeth one night. His teeth aren't going to fall out! So my goal is to take instances like this and try to say "yes" more often.

3. Make more time for me.
I really miss doing things I that enjoy. Like reading (books not blogs!) and playing soccer.
a.) I'm going to try to find a local soccer team this year and start playing again. I was playing up until 2 seasons ago but sometimes it would take an hour to get to the game and an hour home and I really lost motivation to go since it involved SO much time driving. (And the fact that SF was gone for 8 months didn't help either.)
b.) While I've been reading more lately - I want to continue doing that. I know I'm not going to be able to read 2+ books a week like I once use to but a couple a month would be nice. However, in order to do this I'm going to have to cut down on the number of blogs I read. I just looked in my google reader and I currently subscribe to 51 blogs! I can't keep up with them anymore so I'm going to try to cut that number in half. (I'm still going to read my favorites but there are some that I no longer enjoy or no longer seem to have a connection to but feel compelled to read them to make that damn number in my reader go down. If I no longer comment on/follow your blog - I'm sorry but it's all about ME now!)
**Editor's Note: I just did this, well the unsubscribing part and I only got down to 30 - but that's a start!**

4. Do more things that make me happy.
See all of the ones above but I also want to do things for others that I use to do and no longer seem to be able to fit it into my schedule. Like donating blood and working at local food drives and helping to coach sports (preferably soccer). I also have had a desire for some time now to do some sort of walk for charity. (maybe breast cancer but I'd be open to others.) So if you'd like to join me on that and help motivate me that would be great!

5. Stop trying to please others and please myself more often.
SF is constantly telling me that I need to stop doing everything everyone else wants me to do and start doing what I want. I agree with him - but that's a hard step for me. I've always seemed to let people walk all over me and I'm going to stop. As my sister told me the other day, "You need to look out for you, because no one else going to do it!"

6. Continue to find ways to save money.
I've been doing this this year and I think I can do it even better if I dedicate a little more time to it (and perhaps less time reading blogs). There are certain blogs that I've found that do all the work of finding the deals for me and so I won't be cutting those out of my reader. I also want to start "stock piling" on certain items when they are on sale. (I started doing this with kids clothes at the end of the seasons, gift items when they are really cheap, etc)

7. Continue/start working on the kids baby books.
I started Boy 1's last year and really want to get it finished. But I've been lacking any type of creativity. Maybe I'll go to one of those scrap booking places and get some ideas so I can finish Boy 1's and start on Boy 2's. (Girl has one but I'd like to add to/redo it one day.)

8. Enroll in a graduate program to get my Master's.
I keep talking about it and I've even researched and have decided where I want to go. But I need to actually enroll and get the ball moving. I doubt this will happen by spring but maybe for summer classes and definitely by the start of fall classes!

Alright, that's all I can come up with right now. I'm sure there was something else that I was thinking about and it will come to me when I'm trying to sleep and I'll ignore it and then forget about it again (which is what happens to most of my blog posts that I've been trying to compose my head recently) but when I finally do remember it - I'll add it.


tiffer said...

Looks like you are going to have a very busy year! Depending on when the walk is I might want to do that with you. Want to do the polar bear plunge for MS on Jan 24th? Its at Sandy Point, its going to be cold but its for a good cause!

Shannon said...

Looks good to me! It's true - sometimes you totally do have to take care of yourself first. Besides what I already said that you noted, how can you take care of others if you're run down? There's a lot of good reasons to look out for yourself. . .

Anonymous said...

The one you left out was love SF more, it'll be hard but I bet you can do it.

Shannon said...

Uh, hello? I think you might be taking your 'make more time for me' resolution a little too far if it means no more blog posts. If I didn't talk to you and see you in real life, I'd think you disappeared.


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