I’ve been a bad blogger for several weeks. Between my husband’s cancer treatments and my youngest child’s school and band schedule, life has been hectic! But now that it’s 2013, I’m raring to get a jump start on the new year. How about you, have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? Is this the year you’re going to get in the habit of a daily cleaning routine around the house and using your spare time to do one minute chores? Or maybe you’d rather focus on weekly housekeeping chores? Perhaps you’re ready to ditch the harsh chemical cleaners and learn to make your own homemade mixes to banish the grime? Or maybe you’re ready to learn how to get organized around the house, particularly those pesky documents you’ll need for tax season?
My resolutions involve some of these very things, too. Tell you what: I’ll share mine, if you’ll share yours!
Take Back My Time!
It’s no secret that I love cleaning routines. Sometimes, though, I make the mistake of sitting down to catch up on email, blog reading and Facebook before starting in on the day’s cleaning chart that I wind up having to rush around frantically to get it all done before picking my son up from school. Then, of course, comes the evening routine — homework, dinner, dishes, etc. — after which I collapse on the sofa to watch some mindless rerun on TV while seeing what I missed on Facebook throughout the day. By bedtime, I don’t feel like I truly accomplished anything well, and it’s a very unsatisfactory feeling. Then, as I try to fall asleep, my brain won’t stop churning over the things I’d wanted to do but never had time for because… why exactly? Oh, that’s right: I needed to share my friend’s picture of cute kitty with all of my other friends on Facebook. Wait, what??? Resolution: less screen time, more serene time.
Fight The Flab!
I’m just going to say it: I’m fat, and I’m not happy about it. Although the weight has been piling on slowly (Helloooooooo middle age!), it’s now reached the point where it’s starting to affect my energy levels as well as my joints, as well as my self-confidence. Much of it can be traced back to mindless eating in front of the TV or while at the computer, so my first resolution will no doubt help with my second one. The rest of it? Well, that’s going to take actual willpower on my part. Darn it. Resolution: eat less, and more wisely.
Expand my mind!
One thing I noticed shortly shortly after my husband’s diagnosis, as I spent night after night researching the latest brain cancer treatments or anti-cancer diets, the whole process of reading and research seemed foreign to me. That’s an odd thing for a retired attorney to say; I mean, my whole life used to be about research and learning! Stretching my mental muscles actually felt good (though I wish something less serious had prompted that) and I want to keep on learning new things. Resolution: feed my brain better books!
Remember to breathe!
So, yes, I’ve made three resolutions — four, if you count this one — and at first that seems like a lot. But what they ultimately boil down to is focusing more on being present in my own life: not letting a cleaning checklist or continually refreshing News Feed become the focus of my day, not stuffing food down my throat to silence my frustrations, and not focusing so much on the grimy and gritty that I miss out on the glory and giggles, too. Resolution: be good with good enough.
Oh, and there’s one other thing I’m going to resolve: I’ll blog here more often now that Christmas vacation is over!