So, where does that leave me? In the end, I'm an optimist. I love the idea of a blank slate and a chance to try something and challenge myself. I love setting goals and strive to do better each year. So, here I am, typing out my resolutions for 2015 when I really should be going to bed right now because I go back to work tomorrow. I decided to break my resolutions into categories. Here we go...
As a mother
- More date nights with individual children. I love our special time, and last year , I did not complete my monthly date nights with the girls. The children noticed and have been asking to get back into our routine of individual time. Katie and I had a date last Friday night. We saw Penguins of Madagascar then went to "gas station McDonalds" per her request. Maggie and I will hopefully have a date next week to see Annie 2014 (again!). I had a date just me and 12 over the break, and hopefully will do the same with (soon to be!) 17 soon.
- More time reading together. I love reading with my children. Love to make the voices and snuggle up as we read. With crazy schedules, homework, activities, and other things going on, sometimes the book reading feels rushed. Sometimes I don't get to it with Maggie because I know she read during her after school time.
- Get my cell phone out of the bedroom at night! Oh, this is a bad one for me. I talked to Rob about it tonight. Recently, we heard someone speak about the destruction cell phones can have on a marriage. Honestly, I believe it. I've become accustomed to using my cell as a way to fiddle and relax before bed. What if I was using that time to visit with my husband, read a book, or actually GO TO BED at a decent time. Our church is starting their annual 21 day fast. They encourage people to choose their path of fasting. I have decided to give up sugar, soda, and the use of the cell phone after 7pm. I am going to lock it in the cabinet in the kitchen. I am hoping it will help me create the habit.
- Get away just the two of us. This one really needs to happen. I love my time with this man so much. It doesn't need to be a long or extravagant vacation. At least one or two little getaways for a weekend would be lovely for us.
As a teacher
- Lesson plan a minimum of one to two weeks out at all times. Maybe this one will only resonate with my fellow teachers out there. How often do I walk in to the building thinking "ok, what am I teaching today?" Too often. Granted, I have a general idea, but often I'm still pulling it together during my morning conference period. When I am one to two weeks planned out, I'm more focused, calmer, and able to stay on top of my grading more efficiently. All this equals LESS STRESS. Yeah, that sounds like what I want.
- Stop and simply relax sometimes. I am go, go, go most of the time. Over the past week, I stopped and relaxed a lot. It felt like a decadence. I still had time to get the house cleaned, connect with people, and run some errands. Not every minute was scheduled. It was NICE. I need to make sure I am making an effort to SLOW DOWN sometimes. I need to take some time for me. Get a pedicure from time to time. Read a book for pleasure while relaxing at night. Go for a bike ride. I need it I don't do it nearly often enough. I mean, I'm a mom of a busy blended family of four busy girls. When is there time for me? Maybe I can find that a little more.
- Blog more often. I didn't blog much in 2014, mainly due to feeling like I couldn't. I removed at least three posts last year, either before or after posting them. I even got in a fight over one post and had to have a long discussion with someone after another. I want to continue to have my voice on this blog, but do it in the right manner. I want to write more frequently because for some odd reason, many of you are still reading. People are still daily coming to this blog and I am not writing. That needs to end. I love this blog. Journaling is very therapeutic for me and has been for the past ten years.