It’s that time of year! Time to overhaul your life, make grand plans and think of all the things you’ll never do but promise you will so you can yet again not measure up to expectations. And of course pick your word! The one life changing, completely inspiring all encompassing word of the year.
While I sort of did all these things. I feel like my word should be vaguely. I vaguely recall wanting to change, I vaguely recall trying, I am creating resolutions and inspiration, vaguely. I didn’t want to set myself up for disappoint. I mean geez it’s day 1 of a new year and of course I feel all the woo hoo new year new me inspiration but how am I to know what’s going to happen. How am I to know how much I can achiever this year without knowing even a little what this year has in store. I mean last year I started the year getting accidentally knocked up… this year I’m going to have a teeny tiny human dictating my life. It’s kind of out of my hands and I’m kind of just winging things at this point waiting for the next thing to blast me. So my list is more of things that make me happy, less of me if possible. I mean I know I need to lose quite a bit of weight but I figure if I aim low anything extra will motivation to continue and if I barely make it then I’m still good because I did it! Expectations low and value high!
My word is ME! So many times I read, hear or see women telling themselves remember your why. And so many times it’s their kids or pics of them younger and thinner. And while there is nothing wrong with those I want to change and grow for me. I want to read more because it makes me happy. I want to write more because I feel better it makes me feel better about what’s going on. I want to craft more because I like to be creative and crafting brings me peace. I want to yell less because I want to be a better mom. I want to be the best mom I can be and build stronger relationships with my children for me and them. I want to get outdoors more and do more of what makes us happy. I want to lose 20 lbs so I feel more comfortable in my own skin. All these things benefit the people around me I care about most but more importantly they benefit me the most. I want to be happy and I want to do more of what makes me happy. My reason why is me and so my word is me. To remember I am why I am doing these things.
The kids set goals as well. I don’t pressure them to set all kinds of resolutions and talk about how to become better. I usually just search for New Years prompts for kids and go from there. This year we set reading goals. We did that last year and everyone met their goal and was rewarded with a Barnes and Noble date with mom.
Callen: wants to read 40 books. This year we are all keeping book journals to remember what we have read. No making them write more than the title and author but giving them the space to be creative and do more if they so choose. He also wants to make 1 new friend and learn how to cradle (a wrestling move)
Caleb: wants to read 50 books, with a book journal. He didn’t want to create any more goals for the year.
Aiden wants to read 100 books and keep a book journal. He is still pondering creating more goals.
And in case you were wondering I purposefully used the word goals instead of resolutions. Again keeping expectation light. What are your dreams, goals, resolutions for the new year?