New Year’s resolutions are dumb. Of course, I say that in the most Kindergarten way possible because I am just a bitter person who has never really made a resolution that I’ve been able to keep. The idea of them is actually great. I think the start of a new year is the perfect time to do a little self check. Where am I with my personal goals? What is going well? What could be going better? In practice, though, resolutions just don’t work for me. I think a big part of this is just the fact that I’m a Connecticut resident. January is actually a really hard month to start any kind of health/fitness goal. Wouldn’t it be better to start on the first day of spring or something? Then at least get into a routine and go into the cold months with momentum? I digress.
I’m feeling really glum at the start of 2015. I can’t really explain it. I’m sure it is partially to do with the fact that I celebrated the holidays with my in-laws in Florida this year, and I always get grumpy when I’m about to head back to my reality. I’m also just feeling generally inadequate. I’ve eaten far too much Cuban food, spent far too much time on Facebook, and have ventured out in Miami with all the beautiful people too many times this holiday. Plus, 2014 was really a great year for me! I’m having that sort of ominous “what goes up must come down” sort of feeling. I hope I’m just mistaking that for the general moroseness of January.
So that is just a really long-winded way for me to say that I’m not making a resolution this year. However, I do have some personal things on my mind that I want to work on. I am not considering these resolutions because I am not planning to start fast and furious with any of them right away. It’s more like I’ll feel really good if I at least partially accomplish any of these at any point this year:
Find a place for everything in my house. This is such a simple concept, like duh – if I’m going to put things away, everything needs to have a place to go. And yet I feel like I have so many things in my house that do not have a permanent home. Things like batteries, pens, stamps, mail… I’m thinking of all the things I can never find when I need them, yet they seem to be lying around everywhere at all times.
Socialize. Even once a month would be great. With a person or people who I like who like me. Face-to-face. Kids or no kids, it doesn’t matter. HUMAN CONTACT.
Print out some photos. Between my phone, my computer, and the mysterious cloud, I have literally THOUSANDS of photos that I only look at digitally. I’m not even just talking baby pictures, but our honeymoon, our wedding, family gatherings… It’s a shame not to have these in print.
Eat some healthy things. I am no longer breastfeeding in any capacity, but I am still basically on my pumping diet, which is just my breastfeeding diet, which is just my pregnancy diet except in somewhat smaller quantities. I’m thinking of starting off with a bag of carrots to replace the bag of chips I usually eat before lunch. Not even kidding. My diet sucks.
Go to the beach. In a bathing suit. I have access to my city’s fairly lovely beaches, and I haven’t been other than to show it off to out-of-town guests in the two summers I have lived here. What is especially sad is that my daughter has now been to Miami twice and has never been to the beach. Bad mama!
Make an effort to move my body. No particular workout plan, I just want to try to get closer to hitting 10,000 steps on my fitness tracker on more days than I am now.
Visit my local library. They have some great programs for toddlers, and it is within walking distance of my house (though it’s a long walk). So on top of being something fun for my little girl, it could potentially contribute to my exercise and socialization goals.
What about you? Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2015? Anything you are looking forward to (or dreading) this year?