Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Year Revolutions

It's that time of year.  Time for New Year's Resolutions.

Princess calls them New Year Revolutions not resolutions.  And I know I should correct her because she is 7 now and would definitely be embarrassed if someone she didn't know well called her out on it, but I can't because I love her habit of using the wrong words for things.  I feel like it is a quirk she will have forever.

And I love that she calls them revolutions, not resolutions.  I like the way revolution sounds.  It sounds stronger.  More of an impact.  Like you really have to follow through  because it is a revolution!

Princess walked around on New Year's Eve asking everyone to declare their New Year's Revolutions.  And my children all took the easy way out.  Their revolutions were all things that they are already working on or already doing. But I gave them a pass because they are kids and pretty much spend every day leaning and working on new things.

I picked a word for 2013 instead of actual resolutions.  And it turned out that a word kind of felt wishy washy to me, like I wasn't really committing to doing anything differently.  So this year I decided to go ahead and make some specific REVOLUTIONS.

You know to hopefully motivate me just a smidge more.

1.  Get (more) organized.
Not that I am not somewhat organized already.  I love my Erin Condren organizer.  And there is no way that my family could function with all our activities and commitments without a certain level of organization.  I am talking more about the daily clutter that, excuse my french, craps up my house so that by the end of the week I feel like I am drowning in clutter and piles of stuff.  I NEED everything to have a home.  And I NEED everyone in my house to do their BEST to put everything away in its home after they use something. Sigh.  I really NEED this.  It is one of my main sources of frustration and stress.  I am going to NEED my family to get on board with this.  And I would really like it to happen without nagging them 24/7 because regardless of what my family thinks I don't love to be a crazy nag.  And oh yeah, my bedroom is the worst offender of the clutter/crap pile.  Anything that doesn't have a home is put there.  Our bedroom is not a romantic getaway oasis.

2.  Push myself.
And when I say push myself I am mostly talking about pushing myself in my work-outs.  Occasionally, maybe, I am content to do just enough.  Which is crazy because when you are putting in the time you might as well make the most of it.  I need to remind myself that "good enough" is not enough.  I need to push a little bit harder.  Every day.

3.  New Experiences
I want to be a role model for my children.  I want my children to see that even when you are "old" you can continue to have new experiences and bust out of your comfort zone.  Last year I went zip lining, started playing in a soccer league (even though I have never played in my life), started cross fit, took my 2nd solo road trip with my three children, and a handful of other smaller things that I hoped showed my children that you are never too old to try new things. I have few things in mind for this year...

My 3 revolutions.  My three areas of self-improvement.

Only time will tell if I have set myself up for success.

Come on 2014 work with me.

Did you make on resolutions for 2014?  How is it going so far?

I am linking up with Shell today to Pour My Hear Out.


Student Mommy said...

Good lord Girl! How on earth are you going to push yourself more - are you sure haven't got to the top yet?
And you are a good example to your children. Anyone who reads your blog can easily see that crazy life you all live is held together by the will of Mom (and Dad).
Happy New Year!! 2014 is going to be amazing.

Julia Hunter said...

I'm with you on the organizing thing, it's my focus for this month to get us organized and to clear clutter, which would be much easier if my husband and son decided to help out.

Jennifer said...

I like revolutions better too. It sounds like you are heading off to battle something.

Shell said...

Revolutions is the perfect word for it.

The single word for a year isn't my thing, either. I need specific things that I want to do. I like goals.