Ah..Goals and resolutions…it gets harder to stay motivated as the days go by, especially with the holidays coming.
Of course, the holidays make it a prime time to enjoy parenthood (as long as you’re not one of those parents who obsess about the “perfect” Martha Stewart holiday). I think our “tradition” consists of simple gifts (low expectations), email cards that are sent on Christmas Eve, a few Christmas TV specials, hot chocolate, Christmas music which somehow don’t sound cheesy this time of year, and a small family get-together. I do like to decorate a little but not sure I will this year.
Without further ado, here’s how it’s going with my regular goals/resolutions. Let’s hope they don’t get too side-tracked by the holidays.
Update wardrobe. Purchased J. Crew belt for $8 (sale + gift card). Purchased 1 pair of cotton weekend pants ($4o). I have not shopped for a pair of dark straight leg jeans, wrap dress or anything else on my priority list.
Eat fish at least twice a week. Doing good, due to making it my default menu choice. However, it’s a challenge when I go to food courts and there are so many options available!
Don’t focus on saving money too much. This is a tough one. I’ve been avoiding frugality blogs and websites. I enjoy reading these but I often need a break or I’ll start thinking that everyone in the world cares that much about finances.
Enjoy parenthood. I’ve been going to fun “exercise” classes for kids, i.e. basically a structured playtime that tires kids out and makes them less resistant to nap time…Genius!
Exercise on the weekends. Do “Mommy & Me” exercise classes count? How about going non-stop on weekends doing chores and chasing toddlers instead of sleeping in and watching TV like I did in the good old days…?
Don’t expect others to read my mind. I am direct about my concerns on big issues but I still feel like we/I tiptoe around some issues due to family dynamics etc.. Sometimes it’s more important to keep the peace. Also, it’s hard to be very direct with parents about money-related issues.
Pamper myself. An appointment got unexpectedly cancelled but I had already taken that time off from work. Rather than going straight to the office, I enjoyed a morning walk on a crisp autumn day. For some reason the sound of birds chirping and cars speeding by reminded me of Europe. I shopped, stopped at Starbucks and then headed in to work.
Let go of my idea of a “perfect” clean house! Just having this resolution on my list forces me to worry less about a messy house. Of course we do have cleaning help right now and I don’t know how I would feel if I couldn’t afford help and our cleanliness standards fell even lower! Note: My husband made a comment about the dirty sink — I guess my standards have fallen to the point that he notices. Should I tell him it’s part of my resolution?
How are you doing on your goals? Is anyone thinking of 2012 goals yet?