2013 New Years Resolutions

I know New Years Resolutions are a little cliché but I still enjoy making my list every year.  Last year I only made 3.

1)  Keep my calendar up to date.

2) Lose 25 lbs

3) To help my son with his behaviour issues.

I am proud to say I kept 2 out of 3 of them!  I did an awesome job keeping my calendar up to date.  I started updating my Google Calendar (which syncs to all my devices and pc) and the moment we booked something, the first thing I would do was put it into my calendar.  I’m at the point now where it’s just a habit and I’m so glad I was able to accomplish this!

As for my son’s behaviour, we started with his gluten free diet which was a huge first step.  We saw some great changes.  We had him seen by a behavioural specialist who confirmed our beliefs that it was not a medical issue (as the school was suggesting) and actually has a lot to do with the fact that he’s gifted.  Then we switched him into a new school that seemed better equipped to work with us instead of against us at figuring out the best way to handle him.  He still has his moments but compared to this time last year, I feel like we have come a very long way.

Of course, the one I did not complete was to lose 25 lbs.  I did lose about 12 lbs in the spring which I had hoped was a great start, unfortunately it crept back on and now I’m at the same place as I was last year.  Out of the 3 though, I really don’t mind that this was the one I didn’t reach, as we did manage to get much healthier over the last year.

So time for my new list!!  A few days late but better late than never…

1) Work on being on time!

I definitely live in my own time zone and my good friends always know that when I say a time I will be somewhere, they might as well add at least 15 minutes to that as I am always running late.  It even has a name: Jenn Time.  I have this bad habit of waiting until the last possible minute to leave and then of course, something always happens that delays me more.  This year I am going to work on joining the real world and stop making people wait for me.  When I’m running late, everyone is running late.  The kids have the late procedure at school down to an art and that definitely needs to stop.  Even though it’s typically only 5 minutes or less, it’s not the example I should be setting for them. 

2) Finish my projects.

I do not have what you would call a natural creative gene.  However I really wish I did because I enjoy art and projects a lot.  Things like learning videography skills, quilting and scrapbooking.  One particular goal is that I want to finish a basic quilt, I have started a few over the years but typically lose interest half way through when it’s not turning out “perfect”.  I do the same thing with videos.  Even my vlogs are few and far between, not because I haven’t made any but because afterwards, I watch it and decide it’s not good enough to upload.  I started scrapbooking when my son was born, I enjoyed it so much but always felt like my pages were mediocre compared to what other moms were doing.  I still haven’t finished his book and I don’t even have one started for my daughter.  So this year I am going to try and just accept that I am doing my best and finish the projects I start. 

3) Lose 25 lbs.

I know this is a repeat of last year but I do really want to do it.  About 2 years ago, I was looking my best since before I had kids and then it crept back up on me.  I worked very hard to get to that point (I actually reached 40lbs total).  To get back there again this year would be great but setting a 40 lb goal is a bit intimidating so I’m going to stick with 25 as that seems like a much more doable number.  So what will I do different this year?  I need to stop procrastinating.  I often do that “okay in 2 weeks I’m starting again!!” and then I get to that point but the timing might not be right or I’m lazy and then I end up setting another date in the future to start again.  So this year, every single day is my start day.  If I have a bad day, the next day I start over.  

4) Save for our trip next Christmas

430814_555513451126656_661185440_nThis chart is going around right now that is fantastic, with a great savings plan and I’m taking the challenge.  We are going to Florida next Christmas with the family.  I know that if we did nothing, we’d be in a position to go but we wouldn’t get to do very much.  I’d love to be able to go and not have to worry about the cost of the fun things we want to do with the kids.  I’d love to take our son to Legoland.  My hubby and I are thinking of doing a 4 day cruise while we’re there.  All that will depend on if we can save enough.  I’m taking on this savings challenge and have already set aside my $1 for the week.  

Four resolutions (or goals) this year that I am very excited about.  So tell me, what are your resolutions this year?

xo J


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