By sandi | January 23, 2013
I am finally getting around to writing about my 2013 resolutions and my 2012 resolution review. That is a clear indication of how busy I am.
I want to write more, I love the blog and all the details of the kids life it holds but I struggle to find time to write actual meaty posts. Most posts are a couple of picture and under 10 words. It is like drive by posting and I don’t like it.
Review of 2012 goals:
listen more – yeah, I pretty much still struggle with this. I must learn to focus and give conversations this attention.
couple trip and family vacation – Yes, we were able to do this. Bill and I went on a lovely vacation to San Francisco. While the weather wasn’t ideal it was a nice time away together. We had several family vacations this past year to Disneyland and cabins. The kids had a great time and it was fun to be together as a family without work.
helping kids become more proficient in the kitchen – the kids are moving along. I am happy to say that I don’t think any of them will ever be on the show Worst Cooks in America. They are learning skills every day. They love the fact that I have a food blog, (except when they can’t eat treats until they are photographed) and hope to one day have their food featured on it.
working – I have made a decision regarding working. If a position comes available at the kid’s school I will apply for it. I miss teaching a lot and while I know it will be a lot of work to balance the family and working I know I am up for the task.
I have decided on one single goal for this year. I want to focus. I want to be in each and every moment in my life. If I am at home with the kids I want to force them to spend some time with me. (Not only will this make me focus on them but it will make them focus on me/family time.) If I am substitute teaching I want to focus on the influence I have for that day. If I am out with friends I want to focus my energy on them and not be distracted by outside influences like my phone. When Bill and I have time on a date I want to focus on our relationship. This year we will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary, we will soon be considered old married folks and I don’t want us to loose any bit of our love because of our extremely busy schedule.
Continuing goals (Otherwise considered good life habits):
budget – continue to be mindful of our money. Where it is going and whether we really value that item.
weight – I have finally hit a wall on this one. At the end of the year I was at the same weight I was last year. I had to face the reality of some health concerns, the main one being arthritis. My pre-arthritic condition was becoming more of a arthritic condition. I researched several diets and found that I was throughly confused so I decided to seek professional help. I decided to see a Naturopath. She has put me on a diabetic diet the help with blood sugar issues and inflammation. I am feeling so much better in my hands and ankles and I am losing weight. It sounds crazy but honestly, it was the daily pain in my ankles and hands that led me to do this. I should have been motivated before, what with my Father dying from heart issues, but I wasn’t fully committed. I think I thought I had more time to fix it. The diet isn’t always easy but when I do live by it I feel so much better so it is a change that must happen. Hoping that next year when I post my review I am down to my goal weight or below.
paint house – we finally got the living room and kitchen painted, though I am still getting used to the color it is painted and that is what matters. I haven’t gotten to the dining room yet and need to do that soon. Also, a priority is the master bedroom this year, it is screaming for a makeover and a fresh coat of paint.
scrapbooks – another year gone and I haven’t gotten book 2010 done yet. I will say in my defense that it is an extremely hard book to do. Scrapbooking my Father’s last days and those that followed it is exhausting. I remember that people would say they could see the sadness in my eyes and looking back over the pictures I see what they saw. I am up to May of 2010 and I hope to complete 2010 in the next couple of months. 2011 and 2012 will hopefully follow.
sew for pleasure – I need to work more on this. The times I did sew something pleasurable this year I really enjoyed it. Certainly need to do more of it.
read more and write more – I need to spend more time in the evenings reading my books rather than watching tv. I never used to watch tv and I got so much more reading done, but most days I am so exhausted by the time I sit down to relax that I don’t have the energy to read. This blog is a huge amount of my writing and the lack of posting shows how little I am actually writing, unless you consider lists writing.
grocery shop one time per week – I have been doing this one for a while now. With the blog it is a little harder because sometimes I just need one more thing to make a recipe but I will continue to strive to plan ahead.
learn to say no – still working on this one. Great in theory harder in reality. I have to work on this. I figure if I am focusing more on the things that matter to me this one will come.