Here are my New Year’s resolutions…specifically, new year’s resolutions from an exhausted mommy.
As much as I love the holidays, as much as I love all of the extra parties and extra treats and extra late nights, I am very excited to start 2014 fresh and energized and organized and (hopefully) on top of it.
Except for one small tiny little detail. I’m exhausted. Anyone else in the same boat?
That’s when I realized I needed to add more to my resolutions than the typical “finally get that unwanted weight off, exercise consistently, eat healthy, etc. etc.”
So here we go…my NEW new year’s resolutions. Would love to hear yours!
1. Streamline my calendar
This means evaluating what I’ve committed to, and really thinking about what’s important to me, my kids, and our family. When I say “yes” to something, how does that affect me, my family, and my schedule? Same goes for when I say “no.” What’s flexible and what’s not? I am challenging myself to really think about whatever the commitment actually is before I jump in and excitedly say “yes.” This will be hard because I LOVE being involved and on-the-go and busy. Hence, being an exhausted mommy!
2. Sleep more
I stay up late to get things done. It’s my only quiet time. And I forfeit sleep. So I wake up tired. And this is a never-ending cycle. So, more sleep it is! I need to be more disciplined and have a bedtime – hey, I make my kids have one!
3. Eat healthier – and stick with it
I actually think this is just as important, if not more, than the proverbial “lose weight.” Because by choosing better nutrition (instead of my next fad diet), I’m convinced that I will have an overall healthier lifestyle. And, hopefully more energy! The added bonus – weight loss.
4. Drink more water
I don’t drink nearly enough water. Coffee, yes. Iced tea, yes. Water, no. I am going to start carrying around a water bottle with me everywhere I go, and refill every time it’s empty.I think most of the time I’m probably dehydrated. I know that drinking more water is going to make a BIG difference.
5. Pick a tangible fitness goal
Last year was my year of endurance events. I completed my first half marathon. Then my second. Then my first marathon. I find that setting a tangible fitness goal works much better for me – it keeps me focused and motivated…versus just “exercise more.” I’m not sure what’s in store for me this year (yet!)…maybe another half marathon. Maybe committing to a favorite fitness class three times per week. Consistent exercise means more energy and a healthier lifestyle. Boom.
6. Maintain an organized mommy “command center”
Piles are taking over desk, kitchen counters, and dresser tops. Don’t even get me started on Post-it notes. I commit to going through my piles once a day (okay, maybe every other day) and file the important stuff, separate the action items, and recycle the excess. Going to bed with a clean desk – and waking up to a clean desk – will help me start each day fresh. And maybe a little less frazzled.
7. Take a five minute breather, when needed
My schedule is pretty packed…I’m sure you can all relate! And, I tend to “power through,” (and…ahem…keep drinking caffeine all day!) instead of taking a little breather, when needed. I think by incorporating some deep breathing and scheduling some quiet time each day…even if for five minutes, will help bring a little more peace to my day.
8. Keep a Gratitude Journal
One of the fantastic mom’s group I’m involved with (and love!) challenged us to keep a gratitude journal during the month of November….and what an incredible experience it was. It was a focused activity once a day (for me, usually at night once the kiddos were asleep and the house was quiet), when I could journal and think about what I was really grateful for in my life. I loved the experience so much, I am challenging myself to do this once a day on a regular basis.
9. Have more impromptu dance parties with my kids!
And above all, I resolve to have more impromptu dance parties with my kids. Be silly. Laugh loud. Take more walks. Go to the park more. Play dress-up more. Finger paint. Pretty much take time every day to REALLY enjoy my children. They are only this age once. And, I want to enjoy all of the beautiful moments (which make the crazy, pull-my-hair-out moments worth it!).
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Feel free to share below!