My New Year’s Resolutions Because There’s A First Time for Everything

Happy New YearI know, I know, I can hear you all now… only fools make New Year’s Resolutions and you pity the fool and all that other stuff. 

I’m still going to do it.  Why?  Because I truly believe that 2011 was the Setting-Up Year and that I need to make a few changes/tweaks to make the most of 2012.  Sometimes the same old same old just gets, well, old and I know there is a better me just waiting around the corner somewhere in 2012.

I was inspired by @SharonDV aka the Speed Skating Mom who actually completed all but one of her 2011 New Year’s Resolutions and lived to not only tell the tale but also to make a new list for 2012.  I am sure, the first key to her success (and there are many) was to actually write them down.

So here we go…

Lose 20lbs.

There.  I wrote it.  I wish it was as simple to do it as it is to write it.  I’ve been writing all year of how I’m not comfortable in my own skin (here, here and here) and in 2012 I am going to do something about it.  It won’t be easy and I will want to quit (or not even start) but I am going to do it.

Write Words and Not Just Random Ones

I stole this one from @SharonDV.  This is the year I am going to write and pitch and put thoughts into chapters.  My goal has always been to be published in print (first in a magazine – or a few – and then maybe a book) and this year I am going to work to make that happen.

Focus On My Career

It is no secret that I have forever wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and the hardest thing I have ever had to do is go back to work after maternity leave three times! (I offer into evidence this and this).  The numbers never added up and it was always impossible.  Instead of becoming a SAHM, in the latter part of 2011 my husband left his job and we moved across the country for a fabulous professional opportunity for me.  I am a professional-work-outside-the-home mom and it’s time for me to embrace that.  I need to focus on developing all of the leadership skills I need to continue to move up the ranks and maybe – just maybe – get my MBA (Disclaimer: I’m not planning on getting my MBA in 2012 but maybe apply?)

Stop Letting My Kids Grow Up as Jpegs

I was doing really well at documenting my children’s lives.  Each one had a series of photo albums where I journaled each and every photograph.  Until last year.  My children’s entire lives since May 2010 is sitting on my camera’s flash drive – which is not even backed up (In case you were wondering, I can hear your gasps of horror from here!).  I am going to FINALLY embark on the photobook bandwagon and make one book/year and order one book for each of my children.  Step one of this resolution is going to be finding out how many pages can fit into a 12 x 12 Shutterfly photobook because I take a lot of photographs.

Me Time is Not Guilt Worthy

This week I wrote about Heaven in an Hour.  Between work, kids, laundry, dinner, homework, dishes, cleaning and everything else I should be doing, it is really hard to find an hour that is just for me.  Just one hour where I can leave the house kid-free, chore-free and guilt-free to do… whatever I want.  It may not seem difficult to find an hour a month but for the last eight years of parenting I have found it impossible and simply gave up trying.  In 2012 I am challenging myself to find one hour per month that I can have to myself. 

So there they are.  Five New Year’s Resolutions dreamed up by me for me to make me a better me.  Obviously plans will need to be made and rules will need to be followed to actually achieve these goals, but I know I can do it.

Especially with all of you cheering me on!

PS: I’ll be regularly posting on Twitter my tips, tricks, successes and total fails by using the hashtag #ResolutionReport.  Follow me here and post your own #ResolutionReport

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  1. Yay, you!!! Even if you don’t complete them all, you’re still ahead by simply writing them down. You’re so going to be published this year and if you send out pitches and get a refusal or no response at all…it’s no reflection on you. There are sometimes a lotta no’s before you get a yes. #BeenThereDoneThat

    • I have no problem with nos if there’s a yes somewhere along the line. I think I have just never put in the time to actually pitch and something tells me you can’t be published without pitching 😉

  2. Well of course I’ll be cheering you on from here! Can’t you hear me?! 🙂

    Fabulous list! Go you!!

  3. i am going to be one of your biggest cheerleaders!! we have a lot of similar goals for this year & I know YOU can DO IT!!

  4. Good for you!! I make resolutions every year, but for some reason it never occurs to me to look back and see that I have actually accomplished them. So smart. I’m inspired!

  5. Shutterfly is amazing and the photo books will be awesome not just for you but now for your relatives missing out on the kids daily lives! We did them for the first time this year, best grandparent christmas gift EVER! Though word to the wise have them done and mailed by late November …. ours were done early to mid Dec and still too late for Christmas. Boo-urns. The getting in shape resolution – as someone who spent too many years making unfulfilled losing weight promises to myself, but finally got my act together last year I can give you some tips (1) make a more concrete goal such as working out x number of times per week – losing pounds sounds concrete but is too abstract I find as what does that really mean (interms of how to actually achieve it) I could stick to a working out goal much better than losing weight goal ( and then did lose weight!). (2) really focus on diet. That is huge part of battle, but I venture to say just drink lots of water, don’t deprive yourself, listen to your body and watch portion sizes (3) as much as it pains me to say this … never forget alcohol is empty calories and adds up fast! And pray the working out endorphins balance out the loss of alcohol! lol!

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