Thursday, January 3, 2013

And now for something completely different

Resolved: In 2013 I will:

Bask more. Love more. Play more. Be easy on myself. I will never get it all done, so I might as well be fun.*

I’m a go getter. Driven by a to do list. Plagued by that never ending list. Motivated by specific and achievable goals. And that has helped me and my family in a lot of ways. But for this year I decided I’ve spent too much time trying to improve myself and my home that I’ve left little, if any, time to just enjoy life.

So this year I’m going to spend more time playing games with the kids and less time worried about if all the pieces are put away (at least right now). I’m going to enjoy time having friends and family over to our home and not worry about perfection in the décor or state of cleanliness. I’m going to exercise for my enjoyment and health and not out of a sense of guilt or fear of regaining weight. I’m going to silence my iphone and engage in meaningful conversation with my husband (actually making eye contact, not our usual conversation in which we are usually both alternately looking at each other then our facebook newsfeed). 

I want to rediscover my silly and fun self that seems to have been lost in a haze of HGTV, fitness magazines, other people's "shoulds" and Pinterest.

My resolution is completely uncharacteristic of the goals I've had the last few years. They were measurable. Time bound. Quantified. And I still believe if you really want to achieve something like weight loss, a career change, or paying off debt that written and specific goals are absolutely the way to go. But for this resolution I will just celebrate the successes and learn from the failures.

Success #1: Enjoying a quiet evening of take out pizza and conversation with friends on New Year's Eve and being in bed before 10:00 PM.

Failure #1: Spending all of New Year's Day and the following day painting and trying to be Ty Pennington in our master suite. 

Success #2: Setting aside my to do list and sitting down to blog with a cup of yummy coffee (I even have my kindle here ready for a few moments of reading).

Success #3: Waiting until January 3 to declare my resolution.

And such will be my year.

*Adapted from the wall art at Meijer that is shown above. My budget-minded self made me put it back on the shelf so I can’t credit the artist.
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  1. That's my G! I'm so proud of you and inspired by what you have accomplished these last few years, and I'll never forget the legendary fun, spontaneous times we had in college! Blatting (is that the right word?), "golf' cart rides around campus, Perkins runs, Pudding in the toilet.....oh the memories! Love ya girl!

  2. Ah memories indeed. I was shopping late night walmart...remember filling carts then having a contest to see who could put everything back in the right place quickest?

  3. Oh yes! I had forgotten that one. I'm with ya though, sometimes I wonder where that person I once was went. Then I get with friends without our kids and I revert back to wanting to do crazy stuff. It's just not as easy to follow through on the ideas now. I'm so tired at night. And that is when great ideas are birthed. I'm glad we lived it up in college. No regrets! (Well, maybe just a couple and you would know what those are! LOL)