Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Resolutions: What I am NOT going to do this year


I'm that person - the one who makes a list of resolutions - floss more, lose weight, etc - and then never follows through.  It's not because I don't have good intentions.  Truthfully, I just don't have the time. I thought when the kids started grade school, I'd have more free time, more time to myself.  Instead, I find our lives are even more busier than before. Sometimes I find myself wishing for the diaper stage again - at least then they took naps.

So this year, I decided to take a different approach and make a list of what I am NOT going to do this year.  Let me tell you, on day 6, I haven't completely succeeded but that's why there are 365 days in a year! If things don't go the way you planned, there is always tomorrow.

1 - STOP being negative.  This is a hard one. By the end of 2014, I was really feeling the pull of life.  I was (am) overworked and stressed out.  That, of course, cannot change overnight (or even by the end of January), but it's something I can work on.  I swear, I used to be a more positive person, but somehow that had gotten lost along the way.  The biggest issue I have so far with this are those few annoying people that just make me negative. Which leads to...

2 - STOP filling my life with those people who make me unhappy. You know, those one who make me feel less about myself. There are people who expend a lot of energy sharing their negative emotions. Or by crafting the "perfect" life to post on the internet. Why should I compare myself to them?

3 - STOP setting deadlines that are impossible to keep. The fault of every working mom - trying to cram too much into one day, one week, one month.  There just isn't enough time, and when I miss a deadline that I imposed on myself (that never-ending to do list, for example), I find that adds more stress.  That isn't to say I'm getting rid of my to do list (I love my planner too much for that!) but unless it's a necessity like paying a bill or returning a library book, things will get done when they get done. 

4 - STOP being so connected to social media.  I'm tired of checking email all the time, wasting hours on FB, or feeling bad that I haven't blogged in a month. Rather than worry about all those things, I will focus on being more connected to myself.

5 - STOP hitting snooze on the alarm.  This currently is a work in progress.  Although I am now getting up 10 minutes earlier than I was before Christmas break, which I have to say, helps the morning not feel so rushed.  

6 - STOP making excuses as to why I can't lose weight.  Look what Santa got me! I'm super excited. 

Don't judge the background - it's Keith's garage. ;)

What are you not going to do this year?
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