I wrote last year about how much I hate New Year's Resolutions. I never make it it past mid-January before I break mine. And then I just get irritated with myself. Nevertheless, I find myself on January 1st thinking of all the things I want to do differently this year. It seems I just can't help myself. So as we start this new year here are a few thoughts that are bouncing around in my resolution-hating brain.
1) Sam is five-and-a-half months old. The holidays are over. My excuses for eating crappy food and wearing baggy clothes are gone. Tonight I will binge on junk food, and tomorrow I will start my exercise regimine and healthy meal planning. Not to lose weight or fit into smaller pants - but because it's what I need to do. Just don't ask me to be happy about it.
2) I set a goal to read 40 books in 2012. Last year I read 27 books, but my total was less than normal due to a wonderful little "disturbance" in mid-July. I'm thinking that I can average one book every ten days. It does not bode well that I am starting the year in the middle of a massive series that will probably take longer than average to complete. But I can make up for it by reading a few short brainless books later in the year. Right?
3) I am not a morning person. I believe if God wanted humans to see the sun rise he would have made it rise closer to 9 AM. Also, I never eat breakfast. I don't like it. The smell of eggs is not an appealing thing to me. And maple syrup is just too sweet and sticky. But my husband loves it. So I will make an effort to get up on weekday mornings and make him breakfast. Usually I would say that I'll just have my early-morning Dr Pepper and that would make it easier, but now I have to take #1 into consideration. I'm already annoyed by this situation.
4) I did a scrapbook of my nephew's first year for my mom. Then, when my niece was on the way we bought the materials for me to do a book for her as well. She is almost 15 months old, and I have not started the book. It's a problem. Don't worry, Mom - I'm on it.
Those are my specific goals. I think what it all boils down to is that I want to be more intentional about things. The last few months have been such a whirlwind that I've gotten away from any kind of steady schedule, and I always seem to be behind where I want to be. Now is the perfect time to take steps to correct that problem.
By the way, I will post more later (once I get some pictures from my dad's camera), but here's a general idea of how Sam's first Christmas went...
Happy New Year! I hope your 2012 is full of challenges and blessings!