New Year’s Resolutions

January 8th, 2012

In the past several years, I have made a big deal about not doing resolutions for the new year. Why set all these impossible-to-reach goals that really only mean something because it’s just after the holidays and everyone else is doing it, too? Sure, I’ve set long-range plans in motion, but I haven’t made a true new year’s resolution in ages. That’s going to change.

What with everything going on in my life over the past few months, and especially the quality down time I was forced to take in the hospital recently, there are a few things that I want to make changes to, that I want to happen now, this year. One of the things I noticed about the past year was that I spent a lot of it on work. I got a promotion. I did a lot of presentations and blogs. And that’s all good stuff. But I think other parts of my life suffered for it, and it’s time to turn that around. So voila: Kristendom’s New Year’s Resolutions, version 2012…

1. Health – After three different visits to the hospital over the past year for asthma- or allergy-related issues, I am going to see a pulmonary specialist to get this shit under control. I am tired of not breathing. I am tired of not being able to work out or do whatever the heck I want because of this, and despite my doctor’s best intentions, whatever plan she’s got me on ain’t working right now. So to a specialist I go. And then after I get that under control, I start training for triathlon number two, to take place in May. Sean and I are participating in this one together, so I’m sure that will be a blast. Or something. He’s already got several weeks training on me, but that’s okay. My goal for this one is just to run the whole 5K part of it.

2. Family – When you can’t turn off work, it gets hard to tune into family, and I’ve done a poor job of that lately. So this year is about family – about being more patient and putting down my phone/iPad/laptop/gadget of the day. About reconnecting with my husband and son on a deeper level and reminding myself that at the end of the day, THEY are the ones that are important – not that project at work. Or even this blog. And this means I still need to take care of me to be a better mom and partner for them, but I’m hoping we can find more ways that we can all take care of each other together this year.

3. House – I have been on a slow mission to declutter our house, and I’ve decided it’s time to kick it up a notch. Yesterday we managed to donate five boxes of STUFF from our house. Stuff that was taking up space and energy. Stuff that we never, ever, ever used. And that’s just the beginning. I’m going to declutter this house from top to bottom this year. Right now I’m burning CD’s while I write this so I can get rid of all of them. And I’ve got another closet/dresser purging coming up soon. I’m ready to get this house in tip-top shape this year.

This also means cleaning, which I’m not so much a fan of, but which I desperately need to get better at doing on a regular basis. Not that we live in a pig sty, but I’d just much rather sit and read a book then, say, scour the bathtub. But I know that not only will I feel better about our home if I put some time into it, but Sean will – and this is going to be part of my resolution to be there more for him. It’s not about me being a woman and cleaning, but about me making an effort in an area that is more important to him than it is to me. It’s also about making our home a place we can enjoy more.

4. Tattoo – This is most definitely the year I’m getting my second tattoo. I’ve got my friend Tara working on the design already. Don’t worry – there will be pictures when it’s done.

5. Cooking – I want to start cooking more this year. Okay, fine, I want to start cooking AT ALL this year. I’m planning on starting small, with just side dishes and such, but I want to be able to cook a couple healthy meals by the end of this year without Sean’s assistance, if for no other reason that I want to eat better, and I don’t always want to have to depend on him to make that happen.

6. Projects – I have probably somewhere around 10 – 15 incomplete craft projects at various stages stashed around the house. As part of my decluttering, I really need to finish some of these. But considering all my other resolutions, I’m just going to commit to one at this time – I want to finish ONE cross-stitch or other type of project. I’m working on a cross-stitch one right now, so hopefully I can finish that one. If possible, I’ll throw in another one that’s farther along so I can get two knocked out this year, but I’ll be conservative for now.

7. Learning – I’ve pretty much continued picking up small odds and ends on computer skills and web design, but I haven’t really dedicated myself to any full-time learning in awhile. I think it’s time for me to do that. I’m planning on completing one class or project that shows a marked improvement in my tech skills over this year. I have some books I can start with, or some free online classes to which I have access, and I need to set aside that time and make those things happen. I enjoy my work with computers too much not to, and it benefits me not just at work, but in my blog and other ventures. Time to make it happen.

8. Reading – You might be asking yourself how I’m going to do all the things above and continue my rigorous reading schedule. Well, the answer is, I’m not. My resolution this year is to read fewer books. Last year I read over 100, and I’ve scaled my goal back to 52 this year, but I’m going to make those 52 count. I’m hoping to read several more books on the 1001 books list that I’ve been meaning to get around to forever. And I also hope that by scaling back on my book reading, I can do a better job keeping up on my blog reading. What’s that you say? We’re a week into the new year and I’ve already read three books? Well, damnit, I guess there had to be one resolution that was going to be too easy to break.

So there’s my 2012 plans in a nutshell. Perhaps a little ambitious, but I’m going to start optimistic and go from there. And I plan to check back in here as I work on them, so maybe that will keep me on track a little better.

What are you resoluting for the new year?