My blog resolutions:
1. Reply to every comment- I love reader feedback, but I often feel so bogged down that I never respond. I need to prioritize and respond immediately to avoid feeling so overwhelmed.
2. Get out there and make pitches- they’re not gonna come to me, after all!
3. Put a writing portfolio together for writing positions- I need to have a professional portfolio so that I can do more than blogging. After being stiffed on a job this past Fall, I know that I need to have a contract/money prior to spending my time and creativity on someone else.
My fitness goals:
4. Get in 20 miles a week… stop making excuses- I used to run 5 miles a day, at minimum. Then I got pregnant and put on limited activity. When yoga got too expensive, I pretty much stopped any serious workouts. Moving into post-natal care, I have forgotten my commitment to myself and been putting off my running. I am working on finding balance with work, being a mom and wife and being an athlete.
5. Get back on the bike!- I’ve set up the bike trainer, and I’m ready to ride! Dave and I used to ride everywhere- including me to work and weekends spent doing 30 miles with friends… I know that we will never be the same childless couple we once were, but we can certainly be more active.
6. Make stretching a priority- You know the first morning you got up and your body screamed I’m not 22 anymore? I have that morning all. the. time. I refuse to listen to the aches and pains, and now I can barely tie my shoes without wincing. This decade-long (once) gymnast needs to get it together and start stretching to prolong health and prevent injury. I am working this in slowly, giving myself about 3 minutes before getting dressed to reach up and down and all around. Hopefully, I’ll get back to yoga this year!
My family goals:
7. Put down our phones and connect- Play a family game, talk about something that isn’t money or on the calendar and certainly stop bringing our phones to the table. I hope that we can set a time when we plug in all devices and then shut down, but I find this particularly hard- especially keeping up with emails and social media.
8. Give Addie time off where she isn’t DOING. No asking what color, or being in a class or giving instruction- just giving her free time.- Addie has pool PT, music, dance and “soccer” each week. I need to remember that she needs down time and keep it to one activity a day, and a few days where there is nothing for her. She’s at the age where she wants to dictate her schedule a bit, and asking her what she wants to do and then doing it is important to me. Cramming creativity and action can yield results like over-stimulation, fussiness, disruption in sleep and an all-around lethargic attitude. I hope that we have fun with our days, and that I learn to let go of the need to schedule all of our time this year.
9. Stick to a budget that Dave doesn’t have to struggle to stay in.- This is something that is hard for both of us because there isn’t much wiggle room as it is. There is no date-night, take-out, or road trips- but if we can buckle down further, I know that our future holds bigger and better things than a trip to the movies… like moving, a family vacation and the ever-needed date night!
10. Make sure Carter gets out to play- Our boy has been so patient as a big brother. As a family, we have decided to make sure we go on walks a few times a week so that Carter is getting back on the leash (or more trail time off-lead) and we are all enjoying fitness and togetherness.
What are you improving in your life for 2014?