In the past, I have enjoyed making new year’s resolutions; it’s inspiring to think of how I can work to become a better person over the next year. There’s always room for that! But becoming a better person has become a regular part of my life. Self improvement is something I constantly think about, and new resolutions come forth all year long. I’ve had a few that I’ve been working on already (sit straight, drink water, sleep more), and I’ll continue to do those. For some reason, it seems silly to declare a resolution just because it’s the start of a new year, as they seem to have become an intrinsic part of who I am. So, yes I do have some resolutions, but they’re not really because of today’s date. They’re…just because. This year, I resolve
…to get my pictures organized. I want them in albums and on disks. I resolve to preserve memories.
…to do more flexibility exercises like yoga. They are good for your whole body, inside and out, in a way that strictly cardio or strength isn’t. I resolve to feel good.
…to continue to find balance in work, life & play. I want an organized house. I want to have more presence with my kids. I want to establish a regular fitness routine. I resolve to get it together.
…to improve my mothering skills, specifically to take a step back and let my kids be who they are; to accept them fully with all their moods (ups and downs), habits (nail biting), behaviors (whining), likes (weapons) & dislikes (most ingredients in a salad). Being able to accept who they are will help me find more helpful ways of responding to annoying behavior. When I know I’m not trying to change them, but only help them and teach them, I am better able to avoid using inattentive, hands-off, misguided parenting techniques like yelling or threatening. I will respond in ways that put a loving connection and understanding between us, rather than fear and distance. I resolve to stay calm.