Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Is it still new...I think so. I love a fresh start, a clean slate, and an empty and organized home. That is exactly what January feels like. New and fresh.

After the Christmas decorations are put away and the house is deep cleaned I breathe easier. I didn't put back any of the regular items on the mantle. I left it blank and empty. It looks so soothing. Along with putting away and cleaning I of course think about New Year's Resolutions too.

This year I thought about these:

Working out regularly.

I've been doing well with my workout routine. I've finally....I think....gotten to the point in my life where I am working out because it benefits my mind. I used to only want to work out so I could eat more and look better. Now, I truly feel the mental benefits and I crave that calm feeling after a good work out. I'm a better mom and wife when I get enough exercise.

Taking time for myself.

I've been working on recognizing when I need quiet time alone and actually taking it. I often wait too long and end up frazzled and snappy. It's taking a LONG time and I need more practice.

Try new things.

I tend to stick with what I know and like. But, on occasion that I do try something new I have ended up finding some wonderful things. There are so many categories for trying new things. I want to try some new classes at the gym, try new recipes...maybe one new one a week, try a new restaurant...or get really crazy and try something new off of a familiar menu.

Being quieter.

I have a hard time with silence but I know it's good for me. I want to carve out more quiet time...especially quiet time without a screen.

Stop swearing.

I hate admitting that. I would really like to stop. In the moment of stress, anger, frustration I'd like to be calm, collected and silent.

That was a lot to mull over for resolutions. I started to feel a bit frazzled from all of the things I wanted to do or change or try. So, in the end I chose something else as my resolution.

My resolution laugh more. I think that my reminding myself to look at the lighter side of things and actually laugh it will help me in all of the above areas. Sometimes I feel laughter bubbling inside me but I repress it. I don't know why really. I tend to be too serious. I'd like to lighten up. I'm resolving to laugh more.

Laughter is the best medicine!

And....what are your New Year's Resolutions?


  1. Usually I whip out the same old list as the previous year...this year I seem to be thinking in terms of "intentions" and not resolutions. I am tentatively thinking about starting a professional Facebook page. Also, to sing a solo at church. And, finally, to keep doing the stuff I love with family and friends. (Love the pictures on this, Becky.)

  2. G-Sue,
    Yes, start a professional FB page. And when you sing that solo please invite us to hear it!!

  3. I have vowed to do my filing at work once a week and not just once a month. Just this week I realized that it is pretty easy to file that form right away and not even wait until Friday afternoon to do it so I may even try to master that technique this year. I keep reading about handling that piece of paper only once but I sadly just haven't been doing that.



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