I really like the idea of New Year’s resolutions. I guess that’s part of writing in the self-help genre! The idea of striving to live a better life is powerful, even as it is often elusive.
Anyway, I’ve learned more over the years about how to make resolutions that actually stick. Think specific, positive actions, and ones with the logistics thought through. With that in mind, here are a few I’m planning to implement.
1. Cook enough on weekends to have good lunches and left-over dinners during the week. I’m getting a Crock Pot for Christmas (you know you’re a mom when you buy and wrap your own present) so that should aid in that endeavor. Over the holidays, I plan to assemble a few easy slow cooker recipes and commit the ingredient lists to heart so I can add them to the usual grocery list.
2. Strength train three times per week. I run regularly, but strength training has always taken a backseat to that. I’m giving my husband a weight set for Christmas (he knows, no spoiler alert necessary here) so the plan is to do 15 minutes, three times a week with that. I’m not sure what time of day yet — and I know I should decide that so it becomes a habit.
3. Post photos and mark categories on this blog. Put in links to “related” posts. I know from blogging professionally that I have not made this, my personal blog, nearly sticky enough. I’ve been reading Wandering Scientist’s blog today and I like how she handles these things. Not overwhelming, but stickier. This would require like 5 more minutes per post but what can I say. I’m lazy.
4. Write notes to people. For encouragement, thanks, etc. I always love receiving thoughtful notes from people so I’m sure others would appreciate receiving them too!
5. Take more photos and print them up. My kids are incredibly adorable. I probably look better now than I will in, say, 20 years. So why not capture these moments? If I’m debating whether or not to take a photo, the answer should be yes. Take the photo.
What are your resolutions?
flickr image courtesy of janineomg