Happy New Year!!
Did you make resolutions??
Making New Years Resolutions has always been a great way for me to ready myself for January. I would write them, print … sometimes even laminate and bedazzle my goals to make me fabulous everywhere. The bathroom mirror, sun visor in my car, the refrigerator.. you get the idea.
My après Christmas routine began the same as most years and I thought about what goals I would like to accomplish. Although I didn’t have time to write them down I decided to focus on balance this year. I figured this would be the year I would successfully balance healthy eating, frequent exercising, moderate drinking, increased children’s activities, more giving and of course better organization. No big deal right??
New Year’s Day came and I was much too hungover to think about any type of balance. Instead I got Chick-Fil-A, put kids’ shows on repeat and took a nap. “After all, who starts resolutions ON New Year’s? I am pretty sure they begin the following Monday,” I said to myself.
Sunday morning started strong. We cleaned out the garage (Organization!), I made breakfast (Healthy Eating!) and we donated children’s clothes and toys (Giving!). I booked my Pilates classes for the week (Exercise!) and made plans for a play date at the park. (Kids Activities!) By afternoon I was exhausted keeping up with balance and poured a glass of wine (or three). I had unfinished phone conversations to tend to and before I knew it the sun had set, the kids were dirty and everyone was hungry. I did what any mom would do. I zapped some hotdogs in the microwave opened a can of mandarin oranges and hastily wiped their feet with baby wipes. BOOM. Clean and fed!
As I settled into bed I promised myself Monday was the real start of New Year’s and convinced myself I was right on track. Just as I was dozing off my phone beckoned me and I saw the message every working mom dependent on child care dreads. “I am so sorry but I am sick and can’t work tomorrow”. UGH. My first Monday back to work after two weeks off and I didn’t have childcare.
Monday was not the successful first day I envisioned. Neither was Tuesday. I have a strong feeling Wed and Thursday will not go as planned either. In order to maintain my sanity I jotted down a REVISED list of resolutions and couldn’t help but think others might benefit from my more realistic list.
REVISED New Year’s Resolutions- 2015
- Feed Children three times per day. Feed Husband as needed.
- Keep Laundry from overflowing on the floor.
- Integrate more fruit and vegetables into dinner to ensure healthy food options. Frozen counts!
- Bend knees on stairs to increase glute exercises.
- Walk briskly at Legoland and Animal Park for Cardio.
- Hang out with friends who have children for increased kids’ activities
- Only drink wine when frustrated, overwhelmed, happy, or busy.
- Organize one drawer per month.
- Try to go to Church sometimes.
- Feed Dogs and give them baths.
OK, I might be exaggerating a bit but doesn’t my new list seem a bit less daunting?
Next Monday I will attempt to kick start my “balanced” resolutions but chances are my perfect plan will be derailed. If you are anything like me give yourself a break. Remember resolutions are merely a guide to improved behavior not an unbreakable outline of how one’s life is supposed to look.
If your first week sounds like mine pour a glass of wine give yourself a hug and eat a cookie. Next Monday we can try again 😉
P.S. This image didn’t really work for my “walking through Legoland for Cardio” but it tickled me 🙂