Our Five Ring Circus: New Years Resolutions

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Years Resolutions

I never really make New Years Resolutions. That way I'm not let down when I don't keep them. This year, I just made a few goals to try to stick to. No pressure whatsoever.

My plan is to just improve my life in little ways.

My first goal was to make time to exercise 4-5 days a week. I did well last year, and decided to keep with it this year, and kick up my routine a bit. So far so good! I look forward to my treadmill time, when Lexie naps, and Dylan watches TV. It is, in a sense, my alone time to watch what I want on TV. I come back refreshed, and ready to deal with the rest of my day.

My second goal is to scream less. I am "blessed" with my mother's fiery, Hungarian temper. When I get really frustrated, I yell. I don't want my kids to remember me as a temperamental mom, so when I feel like I'm going to lose it, I try to walk away. If I do slip, and start yelling, I reign myself in. I've been doing much better over the past 2 weeks, since I decided to do something about it. I have yelled a few times, but not nearly as much as before. I think the regular exercise is helping with this one too!

My third goal is to make more time for reading. I love to read, but I go through spells where I will read a ton of books in a month, and then the next month, read nothing. I am trying to spend at least a half hour a day reading. I have done so almost every night over the past 14 days. I wait until everyone is in bed, stretch out on the couch, and start reading. I have even taken my book (Marley and Me) into the hot bath with me this week. Ahhhh...relaxation!

My 4th goal is to stick with a cleaning/organization schedule. My house is always clean, and clutter free, but not perfect. I started following a checklist that gives a small cleaning or organization task to complete every day. I have stuck with it this month, and I really like how it focuses on things that I tend to overlook, and the task is so simple to do, that I don't put it off.

I've also come to the conclusion that I HAVE to take care of myself. The kids are 100% up to date on doctor's and dentist visits. I am not. I only attend one annual appointment. So this month (it is, in fact, on my checklist this month), I am going to set up an eye exam, dental exam, and annual physical. And continue to do so yearly. If I do it for them without second thought, why not me?

I have a few little goals that I'm going to try to follow, but those are the main ones. So far, I'm doing really well with my plan, and I hope it continues!


  1. These are some really great resolutions. I wish I could view my treadmill the same way you do! As soon as Zander is napping, I feel like falling over and napping myself. Exercise would probably change that! And I love your cleaning schedule idea.

  2. Could you share your organizational tip sheet with me, I need all the help I can get!!


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