I thought it would fun, and useful, for us to focus on our Top 10 Mom Resolutions for 2010. I have mine listed below, and I want to know the main things you would like to work on this new year!
1. Be more patient! I get stressed out and then frustrated and mad. I often yell when things or people aren’t moving as quickly as I would like. I need to work on being patient in all areas of my life, but especially with my children.
2. Stay organized. Throw things out. Don’t just move piles around.
3. Exercise every day! I need to do this to lose weight but I truly believe this will affect my mothering. I think it will get me out of the house, make me less stressed and help me clear my head. I think this will assist with the patience goal as well.
4. Go on a date with my husband at least once a month. My plan is to book our sitter for three months out so I have the date to look forward to each month and don’t have to worry about finding a sitter.
5. Get out with friends once a month. I’ve already set up a weekly walking date with one of my oldest friends who recently moved back to town. We’ll walk the babies five miles and enjoy catching up.
6. Stick to our cash-only policy. During Christmas and for some of the house renovations I allowed myself to use credit cards for convenience. But I had the cash to cover everything. So now that the improvements are done and Christmas is over, we are back to using cash only. I think it has absolutely helped us cut back and control our spending.
7. Stop cussing. A terrible habit I picked up from my big brother. F-bombs and other vulgarities still slip out with regularity. Absolutely have to break this habit. It’s embarrassing.
8. Read more. My new plan is to walk to the library at least once a week to keep my books fresh. (With the stroller I can return and bring home a bundle of books.)
9. Eat a minimum of 5 vegetables a day – if not more. For health and for weight loss, this is necessary. I need to eat less grain and more veggies.
10. Pray more and have more calm time. I think overall I need more quiet time and more prayerful time to help me stay patient and calm. I think the daily walks can help with this quiet time goal.
Michael adds to my list: Stop complaining. He says I complain all the time. I would contend that I am merely commenting on the state of things.
What do you think of my goals for the year? What are your goals? (My husband would say these goals would never pass in a work environment. You have to be able to quantify your results. So also think about how you will measure your success with your goals. I will think on this too.)