Meet the Sullivans: My 2013 Resolutions

January 2, 2013

My 2013 Resolutions

Last year was the first time I'd made a new year's resolution in many years. I am so embarrassed to admit that I was not able to live up to it. I'm not sure what was going through my head when I thought I would read one book a month, for each month of my first child's first year of life.

I really enjoy reading. When I often fantasize about curling up on the couch with a blanket during nap time or after Owen has gone to bed to read my book, but it rarely happens. It's not that I don't have the time--I just have a hard time prioritizing something like this.

I feel guilty and anxious sitting down to read if the laundry is piling up or there are dishes in the sink. I think I get this from my mother. She can never sit down. Getting her to watch a movie with you is a losing battle. Love you, mom!

So when I decided to read 12 books in 12 months I had great intentions, but I just didn't think it through. I liked the idea of reading that much, but didn't have a plan for enacting it.

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Well, this year my resolutions are plentiful and I have a schedule of sorts for myself so I can stay accountable. My resolutions this year are:

Call Family & Friends more. I should be talking to friends and family more than my husband does, right? Well, he is on the phone more than I am. I don't think being on the phone is a great thing. I think it can be a huge waste of time, but I want to connect with the people I love more than through text messages, emails or every few months at a gathering. I want to have the people I love present in my life, even if it's only over the phone. Maybe this will turn into more face to face quality time with them too.

Cook Healthy Meals for my Family. I do a pretty good job of this already, but I want to broaden my horizons as far as new recipes we can try and new foods to introduce. When I'm in a rush carbs are an easy way to make a boring meal more interesting. This year I want to try to sneak in as many fruits and vegetables into our dinners as possible.

Spend Less. Save More. I'm really, really terrible at this. I am especially terrible at it now that I am a stay-at-home mom with little income of my own. It's hard, friends. I'm used to being able to buy and spend however I want, but we want to own a home someday and so we need to be more careful. This is going to be the biggest challenge for me. I like to shop!

Read Every Night for 20 minutes minimum. Yep, it's on the list again. Like I said, I love to read and this year I am implementing an intervention for my self that should help me stay focused. I'm not going to commit to a number of books a year, but I do want to make sure I at least pick up my Kindle each night and try to read. If I fall asleep mid-sentence that's okay--as long as I tried.

Make Stuff. I like to create things. It makes me feel really good when I can be creative. It doesn't matter if I'm cooking, baking, crafting, etc. I've been working on some Pinterest inspired crafts for Owen's first birthday and I have just loved it. Like most moms, I spend a lot of time doing the never ending tasks at home (cooking, cleaning, laundry, bills, clutter control, etc). I feel accomplished when I get those tasks done, but that feeling inly lasts until the clothes are dirty again, the bills arrive in the mail or it's time to cook another meal.

Well, there it is. I've put it out there in the world and I am going to try to keep my word on these this year. Most of the things on this list should be easy enough to accomplish since I enjoy them, but if I don't meet them all it is OK with me. I'm really just making these resolutions so I can be more aware.

Happy 2013, friends!

1 comment:

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

Great resolutions! :-) I'm trying to cook healthier too!