It's nearly midnight on January 7th and I"m just sitting down (actually, I'm standing up while ironing slings) to think about New Year's Resolutions. At this point, most people have already given up on theirs, so why not begin a few of my own?
*inspired by Nell of Whole Parenting's 16 things to do better in 2016
(Not including things like "read the Bible, pray, and journal", "eat healthy and exercise" because those are a given.)
- Get the kids to bed before 11:30 every night. Closer to 9 would be great actually.
- Don't fall asleep while putting them to bed. Instead, stay up for a few hours and actually get some work done. Or maybe even spend some time hanging out with the husband. (Crazy idea, right?)
- Host more parties. Make giant meals, play games, drink fancy drinks, and enjoy time with friends.
- But don't let the dishes sit on the counter for an entire week after having a party.
- Don't walk around all day covered in baby puke. It's gross. If Augustine spits up on me, wipe it off well. And if necessary, just change clothes. Really. Just do it.
- Stop compulsively buying planners, editing my website, and staring at fancy diaper bags on Instagram.
- Make my own darn coffee at home. Like, every. single. day. Spending $5 on coffee every day adds up to $1,830 dollars at the end of the year.
- Stop buying frumpy clothes on clearance at Old Navy. Buy nice clothes, wear them, and take care of them.
- Hang out with Lily and enjoy it; say "yes" as much as possible. Play with the Anna and Elsa dolls with a cheerful spirit
- Go to daily Mass more often. I live about 5 seconds away from my church & don't have any good excuses not to. Days are always so much better when we start them with Mass.
- Go to confession as often as I can. If the Pope needs to go, I need to go. Just like going to Mass, it always sounds like a hassle and can be hard to get myself together, but it's always so worth it to go.
- Remember that mothering is my vocation and center my plans around my children. Stop getting annoyed when they interfere with my plans; remember that "children are not a distraction from the important work, they are the important work."
- Spend a little bit of time each day teaching Lily how to write her letters.
- Cook at home & eat at the table (not on the couch).
- Be intentional about making new friends and keeping up my current friendships; text a friend every day.
- Sew lots of slings, build my business into something wonderful, create the most glorious ring sling tutorial known to mankind and essentially be a boss while running Lily and Mama Market.
So there you have it: my lofty and glamorous goals for the new year. ;)
What are some of your goals for this year?