Okay. Let’s get this over with now, shall we? My resolutions. Something I never do because I have no faith in myself. But this year? I’m feeling brave.
1) Every month I’m going to give up one unhealthy thing that I eat. Why? To force myself to find alternatives so that after the month is over, maybe my mindset will be different. For example – January: Fast Food and Donuts. Those are two quick fixes I find for meals when I’m hungry and have no time. I want to force myself to just avoid those situations to begin with. By, you know, planning meals. And maybe, you know, cooking once in awhile.
2) I’m going to take Sweetie on a long walk/run at least five times a week. She is an awesome dog but has some odd neurosis that Cesar Milan (What? He’s the pack-leader, you know) says may be caused by a lack of exercise. I took her on a mile-run two nights ago and practically had to drag her that last quarter-of-a-mile. She’s a wee out of shape.
3) Run a marathon. I’ve decided to run the one in Nashville instead of New Orleans. It’s closer than New Orleans, and I may be able to talk my family into to joining me. It’s in April and there’s a band at every mile. Of course, it’s also country music, not my favorite by any means – but I still love a party – so I’ll take it.
4) Schedule. I try to cram a million tasks into every day. However, even with those million tasks, I go to bed every night knowing there were still 10-or-so that I didn’t complete. Two kids. A husband. A house. Dogs. Cats. Food. I can’t do everything every day. So, I’m going to try to come up with a schedule. List out the things that need to be done every day: Laundry (if I don’t at least do one task a day – wash, dry, fold or put up – it piles up), cooking, dishes, etc. And decide a set time every day to do those things. The things that don’t need to be done every day – groceries, bathrooms, showering – I’ll decide what days to do those things and stick to the schedule. Instead of going to bed thinking, “I didn’t balance the checkbook today,” I can go to bed thinking, “That’s a Wednesday task. I rock.” And any time I can go to bed thinking, “I rock” is a good thing.
5) Read. I was a huge reader from age 0 until about 3 years ago. I don’t have a lot of free time for new hobbies, but reading used to be something I loved loved loved – and I really want to get back into it again. I don’t want to set too lofty goals due to the aforementioned time crunch, but I think one book a month is decent. And since I already started a book three weeks ago that I haven’t finished yet (Eragon – it’s an awesome book and I really want to finish it so I can see the damn movie already), so I’m starting this resolution off by cheating! Woo Hoo!
6) Visit my brother. I had such an amazing trip with my brother last month that it reminded me how sucky it is that I don’t schedule that type of thing more often. Some of it is money, of course, it’s hard to fly your family across the country on a budget. But, it should be something we prioritize above, you know, eating out at the local Mexican dive once a week. So – we’re going to fly to see my brother in Tucson in the Spring. That’s it right there. End of story. If I have to sell a toe to pay for it (there’s a huge black market for toes, you know) we will.
7) Do not buy any more calendars this year. Amen. I have this bad habit of buying new calendars every few months. Not only is this a bad habit financially, but it feeds an already unhealthy office-supply addiction. I buy new ones because I don’t like it when the old ones become messy. But – it takes me a full day to transfer everything (neatly) into the new calendar. So, it also becomes a HUGE waste of time. I’ve ordered my desk calendar for the year and I have a daily planner for my purse. I need NOTHING else. If it gets messy, I must suck it up and deal with it. I will NOT buy a new one!
8 ) I will organize and scan my photos. Maybe not all of them this year, but I would like to work through a box (they are small boxes) every three months.
9) Start archiving stories from family. I realized recently that MrZ has a lot of awesome stories from his band days that he is slowly forgetting the details of. I decided I’m going to interview him once a week on this blog and make a category called: “The History Book” where I’ll keep all of the stories that we want the kids to have record of. I’m also going to document stories from our parents in that category too, but I think if I asked them to let me interview them once a week they’d all shoot me. So, I have to figure out a way around that one.
10) Eat fresh vegetables at least once a week. I am not a big meat-eater. I was a vegetarian for six years. I was a vegan for nine months one of those years. I would love to be a vegetarian again, but I’m too lazy. Unless you’re going to do it the smart way by making sure you get all of the necessary vitamins and amino acids in the right combinations of vegetables – it can actually hurt your body to do it. Since I’m not willing to put that much effort into it again (LAZY), I am going to start trying to eat more fresh vegetables. Not necessarily raw, of course, but vegetables that were not canned or frozen before entering my mouth. Now – who can tell me how to cook fresh vegetables?