New Year’s Eve has always been a big deal in my family. Not only does it mark the obvious changeover from one year to the next, but it was the date my mom and dad got married in 1981. Although New Year’s has historically been a night of celebration and love in my family, it has been less than joyful since my dad passed away. No, this isn’t the start of a sappy bum-out blog post – it is actually the start of the opposite. You see, something is changing in me and I am finding myself more hopeful and more optimistic for this new year – more than I have been in years. Therefore, I am riding this high and setting lofty New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 for our businesses, my personal life and my mind, body, and spirit.
My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions:
- Work hard to continue growing our businesses – I want to double our monthly income by the end of the year
- Write an eBook – I’ve been working on some ideas, I just need to organize them on paper
- Continue working on our financial makeover (discussed in my blog entry Financial Advice From the Great Beyond)
- Schedule at least one date night with Pete a month – having one-on-one time is so important in a marriage
- Work on my fitness and overall health, in general – I’m not setting a specific number of pounds to lose but I want to eat healthier and start running and doing yoga again
- Make more “me time” – I get bogged down so easily by my daily work and parenting activities that I don’t allow myself much “me time.” This year, that will change.
- My word of the year is going to be “IMPROVE” – no, I’m not trying to stress myself out or add undue pressure to my life. I think that if I ask myself in any given situation, “How can I improve this situation?” I may realize I have more control over my own thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
- Take more time to enjoy the fun that comes with parenthood. Z is three and as many of you know, three is a difficult age. Everyone says “terrible two’s” but three has been just as challenging, if not more challenging. I find myself getting bummed out and down about Z being three more than I’m actually enjoying this time in his life. I need to cut him a little more slack and work on establishing patience in bad behavior situations. He’s only going to be three once – for better or for worse!
I know my New Year’s Resolutions are not all specific or quantifiable – I did this on purpose. Something that I have struggled with, especially in recent years, is not forgiving myself if I don’t reach my goals. In fact, I often get so bogged down by what I define as “failure” that I don’t see any of my successes. I don’t want to live a life where I am constantly disappointed in myself. Perhaps I should count this as my final and ninth New Year’s Resolution:
9. Have the courage to forgive myself if my life isn’t going how I planned.
I’m thankful for a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and food in my belly. I’m thankful that I have family and friends who love me, whom I love. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to set lofty New Year’s Resolutions and release them into the world on my little blog. Most of all, I’m thankful that I am living this wonderful, albeit turbulent, life.
2018, I’m ready for you!