New Year's Resolutions

I love the new year and the hope of better habits and lifestyles. I love it mostly because I am a nerd though; I like the idea of making a bunch of lists and reorganizing my schedule from a blank slate. (I bought a paper planner this year, along with multiple colored pens. Those makes me giddy.) I love the idea of checking things off a list and knowing whether or not I'm succeeding.

I like setting measurable goals as well. I am a motivated and driven person, so those goals help to keep me going. Being a stay-at-home mom doesn't have the same kind of deadlines and requirements that a full-time career does, so as my own boss, I am setting my own goals for the year.

1. Blog more. This one has always shown up on my list, since I started blogging in 2010. Last year, I wrote 72 posts, and the year before, I composed only 63. I am getting better! (Never mind that I didn't post once during December.) If only we could view those numbers in relation to the craziness of my household... My goal for the year is 100 posts, but that's rather high!

2. Read more. I'm always reading, but in the past couple years, I've done more reading of articles and blogs, and less of actual books. I'm wanting to get back into the reading of more published works, so I've set a goal of two books per month. I'm hoping to blow this goal out of the water, but I'm trying to be realistic as some of the book topics on my reading list aren't such fun (attaching with internationally adopted children, toddler adoption, parenting children with trauma, self-improvement, etc.). I'm going to keep track of what I've read on my pinterest board.

3. Play more. Sometimes I let my to-do list rule my life, and as I'm putting the boys to bed, I realize that I spent the whole day WITH them, but not really in their world. Yes, I did things for them, but did I really interact with them? Since play fills a majority of their time, I need to be more intentional about putting myself into their lives in this way. Everyday, I want to be able to name a specific way that I played with each of my children.

4. Be more organized. It's not that I'm not already somewhat organized, it's just that this area can always use improvement! The area that needs the most help, is paperwork. I hate paperwork and medical claims, but these necessary evils must be tackled. I'm hoping to get better organized about keeping the paperwork pile(s) on my desk smaller.

5. Be a better friend. The main way I hope to accomplish this in 2015, is by remembering to send birthday cards to our closest friends and family. It's a small step, but it is something that requires consistency. I've attempted this resolution before (my January birthday friends are confused by this, because they - and only they - receive cards every year) but I'm hoping to make it through December this time.

6. Eat better. This is also a repeat New Year's resolution. I do pretty well overall, but my measurable goals are to drink enough water and to only eat fruits or vegetables before bed (instead of cake or cookies or kettle corn).

What about you? What are your resolutions for the new year of 2015?

Happy New Year, friends!

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