I’ve made and broken most every New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever made… or maybe I’m only recalling the ones that went down in flames. There were even years I refused to make resolutions because I knew they would only be broken, and why should I be waiting for the New Year to decide that things needed changing?!? But, the truth is, I like the ritual of it all. I love the idea of a fresh slate being brought to us every year; of a renewed hope, a chance to make things right or better. A date that everyone around the world may actually be trying to find and be the best of themselves for as long as they can.
This year, I’m Cleaning Up My House. That’s my New Year’s Resolution.
I’m not talking about my “home”, I’m talking about my House. My Life. The things that need to be done, need attending to… things I’ve been putting off, the ideals, the “I wish I could’s” and the “If I had more time’s”, and the “I’ll start at the New Year’s”… those things. Because, quite frankly I’m tired of wishing I could get things done, or wishing I could feel good in my own skin, or wishing that I could become the person I feel like I want to be.
So, the short of my New Year’s Resolution is, I’m Cleaning Up My House.
- Drinking more water – not necessarily less coffee, just more water
- Eating healthier – kinda
- Exercising a minimum of 2 – 3 times per week – even if it’s dancing with Kinect
- Feeling comfortable in my own skin – unless I can go find another ‘skin’ to fit in
- Getting my kids straightened out – now here’s a continuing list for you:
- OT for B
- Any other ‘therapies’ needed for B
- Vision Therapy for the boys a minimum of 3-4 times per week each
- Reading more with all kids
- More crafts and ‘writing books, etc’ with O
- Re-consider educational choices for all kids
- Consider private schooling for J
- Additional coverage of insurance / other for kids as needed
- Prism glasses for J
- Skin / allergy checks for kids
- Help B enjoy riding a bike
- Consider a specialized bike for J
- Help O find her “love” in art, swimming or something else
- Finish kid’s bedrooms
- Reorganize ‘play’ room
- Hang therapy swing for kids
- All closets organized – this will be cyclical… they’ll get organized, ruined, organized, re-ruined…
- Do things when I say I’m going to – not late or rushed
- Plan a trip for our 10 year anniversary – yes, this year is 10 years and I’m pretty sure we both deserve a warm beach and a drink
- Finish our bedroom – it looks like a dorm room
- Get rid of things we don’t actually need / use including blankets, sheets, towels, knickknacks – someone else needs them more than we do
- Stop killing my plants – or get fake ones; move plants away from my plant-eating cat who then vomits up the plant parts
- Finish ‘dressing’ the walls of our home – they’re modest and shy and don’t like being naked
- Give more support to the hubs in work and play – do more fun stuff with him, and send him out into the world to fish… or whatever it is he does
- Get my back stronger – because J is getting heavier
- Play more with my friends, host gatherings – laugh with them, a lot!
- Connect with family more – all family!
- Finish writing two of the books I’m working on – didn’t know that, did you?
- Actually put away laundry when it’s done – rather than constantly digging through piles of clean clothes and pretending that’s normal
- Get life insurance for myself – time to face the inevitable
- Finish a will and estate planning for all, especially J and his care – well, that’s a serious one, no joking around there.
… my 20 (or actually 36) tasks that will help me get my House in Order.
I’m sure I’ll be adding things as the year moves along. I’m absolutely positive I’ll fail miserably at some, but all will remain on my list until I’ve either succeeded or figured out they aren’t quite as important as I thought. Yes, the list is long. It’s the first year it’s been quite this length and I’m not sure what that really means.
What about you and yours? Do you have a list?