Sunday, January 3, 2010

Keeping it Real


Eli plays peek behind his snowman

I stumbled across this very realistic and ambitious friends' blog today, and I love her idea of keeping those New Year's Resolutions real in 2009:

As for me, I’m keeping it real, attainable, and utterly basic, so as to actually realize a few goals. Gone are the “read 30 classic novels in one year,” “become fluent in French” and "learn to play Bach" Jennifer in OR

I will say that I have a few lofty ideas about the year. But friends I will list some simpler things for you..
  1. I want to stick strictly to my resolve to put down everything and anything when my child asks "will you read to me" and always, always read to him.
  2. Keep more frozen/easy meals around so that there is something to cook when we run into crunch time so we don't have to just eat toast.
  3. Pay better attention to what my husband likes in the house or on the table, and do it just because he likes it.
  4. Listen to my children better, be less distracted.
  5. Make more home movies.
  6. Write an old fashioned letter to a friend or loved one every month. "Pen, Paper and Stamps" Jen says.
  7. Teach my boys to take care of their rooms and things better.
  8. Spend 15 minutes each day learning something new.
  9. Run and eat well regularly because it makes me feel good.
  10. Enjoy the beauty of my own backyard, & beautify it more.
So now...your turn. What's churning in your mind this New Year?

6 comments:

Hilary said...

This year I've decided to make resolutions each month. That way I can try new things & change them up after a few weeks if I need to without feeling like I've been a big, fat resolution failure. I'm working on my list for January :)

Hazel said...

My list is too long to mention-- but I think one serious goal is to let myself BE. There is always the errant word that I censure myself for later, or the little ways that we mom's put pressure on ourselves to do more and be more for everyone else. Not to get too egocentric, but I want to be a little more for Me, and more comfortable at not giving everyone in line everything they ask for. I'm not sure what that looks like yet, but I'll let you know what comes up!

Hazel said...

My list is too long to mention-- but I think one serious goal is to let myself BE. There is always the errant word that I censure myself for later, or the little ways that we mom's put pressure on ourselves to do more and be more for everyone else. Not to get too egocentric, but I want to be a little more for Me, and more comfortable at not giving everyone in line everything they ask for. I'm not sure what that looks like yet, but I'll let you know what comes up!

DotBlogger said...

Great list! I'm impressed with your "spend 15 mins learn something new every day" resolution. I'm not sure I could even THINK of something new to try every day. Good luck. You should spend update your blog every day with that one new thing you tried. I'm interested.

Here is my whipped out list.

1. Get serious about a health plan that includes healthful eating and regular exercise. (On everyone's list, right?)

2. Read the whole Bible in 2010.(Thankfully my church just handed out a guide on Sunday)

3. Blog more often.

4. Spend more time with 2 particular friends.

5. Pray earnestly and fervently and daily for the salvation of Amber, Claire, Kirsten and Alika.

6. Take a class of some kind to explore and expand my mind/brain (either the artistic side or the academic side). Theology? Pottery? Creative writing? Poetry?

7. Become more organized in my daily activites of homeschooling, dinner planning, devotions, etc.

8. Have people over for dinner more often.

9. Finish the secret project that my BFF and I are working on.

10. Talk to my mother-in-law more often.

Hilary said...

One thing I forgot to mention earlier & that I'm going to make a conscious effort to do every single month is to enjoy whatever month we are in. I have a terrible tendency to wish January & February would just speed by and I always seem to be looking ahead to the big things we have planned, but no more! I'm going to be thankful and glad for each ordinary day; I'm going to take it all in and be content. And that's that.

Jennifer in OR said...

Love it. I'm working on #7 today, as my boys' room is simply disgusting at the moment. :-)