I'm not one for resolutions. Maybe because I take them too seriously and then feel guilty about it if I don't follow through. And Lord knows I don't need anymore guilt than I already endure every day (laundry, dusting, dishes, more laundry, letting Sydney cry herself to sleep). I was trying to remember if I even made a resolution last year. I think I decided, "I'm having a baby for cryin' out loud, what more is expected of me?!" It's very probable I even said this aloud, causing Daisy to hide under the covers of the bed.
But this year, I've decided that setting goals can be a positive thing in my life. Just a few. No sense in creating an atmosphere of failure. I'll even throw in a few resolutions I already kind of do, that way I know I'll have some measure of success. It's like a little pat on the back everyday. Good work, you, for following through on those resolutions.
- #1: Do Pilates or some form of exercise at least 3 days a week. This is when I wish the new year was in June, because I exercise every day of the week during the summer. But I'm not all that keen on exercising indoors. It just feels sort of...weird. Nevertheless, I feel so much better (okay, I'll say it: I feel centered) after I exercise.
- #2: Regain my pre-Sydney waist line. I've lost all the weight I can lose (until Syd quits nursing), but that tummy of mine is still too squishy. It's a true distraction to me; call it immaturity, call it superficial. That's the way it goes. Conveniently, I don't remember what my waist line was BEFORE I got pregnant (because who measures their waist line when they already feel in shape?). But I'm not telling what my goal is...you'd all think I was delusional.
- #3: Read an actual novel every month. Not a baby help book. Not a cookbook. Not In Style magazine. I get a head start on this resolution because I have to read 4 novels in the next nine weeks for my Modern Irish Lit class (STARTS WEDNESDAY!!! Woo hoo!).
- #4: Write something. I'm deliberately keeping this one vague because it encompasses a lot. Blogging counts (yes, it does). But I'd like to write letters to my friends, and then also *ahem* I'd like to write a *cough* children's book.
- #5: Make a better effort at keeping the house in order. I actually do okay at this, but I could do a lot better. I'm not brave enough to resolve to "keep my room and bathroom as clean as the rest of my house" (you're my hero, Rach). But knowing that the most romantic thing I could do for my darling husband is to clean the house inspires me to work harder at it.
- #6: Find outlets for my creativity. It might be that knitting will fulfill this resolution. And now that I've learned how to knit AND purl, well, the sky's the limit. I'm also helping direct A Midsummer Night's Dream at the college (starting in two weeks). Fortunately, all the other resolutions contribute to this last resolution (yes, even exercising. When I feel good, I feel creative).
So that's it. I'm also making a Mondo Beyondo list because resolutions and dreams are entirely different things.
As for Syd's resolution...suffice it to say, she needs to resolve to start sleeping through the night. Unless she wants to stay an only child. Which would actually make it easier for me to keep all my resolutions.