Ok, so I realize we're almost at the end of January and I'm just now sharing my new years resolutions with you. One of them being to blog more (whoops). Better late than never is such a great motto though. I'm not too much of a resolutions-kind-of-person, if that's even a thing, but, for some reason, I have felt particularly excited about this year. I'm excited about starting fresh and (hopefully) making a few changes that will make for a healthier, happier life.
So I guess lets just get it out of the way and start with the hardest one on the list...
Better sleep habits - Ever since becoming a parent it has been made painfully clear to me how dependent and human I am (yes, I was that proud to ever think otherwise). One very real and obvious example is my need for sleep. As a parent, you lose a lot of it. I mean, don't get me wrong, I think it's pretty amazing I'm even functioning at the level I am, considering how little sleep I've gotten over the past year. But, I think that's primarily because I have an amazing husband who lets me sleep in on the weekends (you have a much bigger heart than I do, D. I'm indebted). I also have learned to nap when she napped (early on at least, but still sometimes even now) and go to bed earlier. To let go of my "to-d0" lists and "oh-so-important plans" and think about my family before myself, because, at the end of the day, I am just horrible when I don't get enough sleep. Ask my husband. I'm no good to anyone. It's hard to not be selfish and go to bed early though. It's the only time I get to myself---those late, quiet hours of the night. It's the only time when I'm not a mom, I'm just me... reading my book or writing or browsing the internet. It's like the hardest thing for me to let go of, however silly and selfish it may sound. But I have to let go of it to be a better momma and wife and friend and everything. And really, when it comes down to it, I have plenty of evening time to myself...I mean Eleanor goes to bed at 6:30! I'm setting my bedtime at 9:30-10:00. That's more than enough hours to myself.
Save more $ - The husband and I are setting the bar high and getting serious about our savings account this year. Probably the second hardest thing for me.
Start a new hobby (ok maybe two) - I joined the Portland Preservation Society and started canning! I've been wanting to can since forever ago and this is the year I finally took the plunge and I'm completely addicted. I've made cinnamon blood-orange marmalade from this book (which I highly recommend by the way) and this marmalade (it's citrus season hence only marmalades thus far). They made for lovely Christmas gifts and I now have a deeper appreciation for marmalade. It's a little bit of work, but so delicious and worth it! As for new hobby #2, I would like to take a sewing class. I've done it a handful of times and really enjoy it (I sewed our Christmas stockings this year! Post to come...) and would like to get better and more confident at it. I think it would grow in me more resourcefulness and creativity, both of which I think are essential to the good life.
Giving - I want to give more. I want to volunteer my time to help people and show my daughter the importance of giving back. So I will be actively looking into opportunities through my church and perhaps some non-profits for ways I can serve the people around me more.
Date my husband more - D and I made a goal of at least 1 date a month without baby, out of the house. I know it may not sound like much but, trust me, with how busy life gets and how demanding parenthood is, once a month sounds amazing to us.
Blog more - Get ready for more posts! I miss it too much and it's good for my soul.
Simplify - Get rid of stuff and only acquire things that we need and that will last. Quality over quantity. We've already taken like 6 full garbage bags to good will (huzzah!)
Health - Eat raw greens of some kind at least once a day- no explanation needed. And get back into running...2-3 times/week. I'm a momma of a baby now folks, the bar just can't be that high. And I'm learning that I tend toward the "all or nothing" way of thinking and there's a little too much "nothing" happening around here. So I'm adopting a new mentality... Moving my body and exercising my heart 2 times a week is worlds better than no times a week.
Well those are my resolutions. I am really excited about them and glad to put them down here...holds me more accountable somehow. What are some of your resolutions?
Above pictures taken over the weekend at Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, OR.