I remember a few years ago, I think it was my first year of college, having the longest, most detailed list of New Year's resolutions. I had categories: family, school, faith, relationships, personal. I would eat healthier, read more, do extra credit, etc, etc, etc. I felt as if I had conquered the phenomena of New Years resolutions and guess what? I never looked at that full typed page after January 1. I set myself up for failure. I over promised which is the recipe for under delivery. Since then, I have made it a point not to sign myself up for a million things but rather look at my life right now and come up with some realistic goals. Make $100k on my blog or run a marathon? Yeah not realistic. I want the New Year to be about new and fresh ideas that will rejuvenate and encourage me throughout the whole year, not make me feel bad about myself when February 1st rolls around and I haven't done anything. This year, now that I am a mom, I felt as if it was important that my resolutions are for me, not my son. So much of my life revolves around Ford right now (which I am NOT complaining about one bit!), but I want to use the start of 2014 as a way to focus on myself a little bit. I feel like I have the mom thing down (okay really do we ever have it down? I am more head above water right now), and I can give myself a little more me time.
So here are 3 things that I want 2014 to show for me.
1. Read the bible, Genesis to Revelation. Jon and I set out to read the bible 2 years ago and we made it through a big chunk of the Old Testament. I don't want to say that we gave up because we've been studying different books together and separately but we just stopped. We are using this book to read and instead of picking up where we left of, we started from the beginning. Genesis is one of my favorite books of the bible, so much hope can be found in the stories of creation! Our faith has grown so much deeper since we started reading 2 years ago and I know this rhythm will be incredible for my soul, our marriage, and my role as a mother.
2. Do something active everyday. I was pretty fit before having a baby and I continued to workout throughout my pregnancy (modified of course) until about 8 months. I've done a couple of workouts here and there since having my son but nothing consistent and I am ready to get back! I haven't been to the gym in 6 months and not sure when I will go back but this year I want to be active. I don't have a fitness goal but more of a healthy lifestyle goal. Whether it be a 20 minute Jillian Michaels DVD or a 20 minute walk with Ford and Ernie, I want to make sure I am getting myself moving! I want Ford to grow up knowing how important is to be active, I think this spring is going to be fun taking him to the park, splash pad, etc!
3. Go one a date with my husband at least once a month. Jon and I usually have about 2 hours alone together at night after Ford goes to bed but there is something special about being out in public as a married couple, not parents. Although we usually end up talking about Ford a lot, we aren't tied down and worried about diapers, feeding, and baby toys. Last month Jon and I went to Main Event and had an absolute blast bowling and playing mini golf and laser tag. We felt like kids! We aren't usually gone for more than a few hours and my parents absolutely love watching Ford, it is such a win win situation. Our marriage thrives and Mimi and Papa get to love on Ford. Oh and we went out this weekend and made a rule for date night...getting dessert is a must!
What are your thoughts on New Years resolutions? Did you make any?