Another year has gone by and I can hardly believe that January is already half over! I have a hard time sitting still and reflecting over the past year, but this blog is going to make me do it. 🙂 I will share my reflections, add comments, and challenge you to consider things this year as we start 2012.
1. I started something new; this is it- a blog. I realized that if I don’t start, then it will never happen. What have you been wanting to do that you have not yet attempted? Why not make this the year you try.
2. I started to de-clutter my house. I am one of those kinds of home school moms that keeps curriculum, trade books, and educational magazines and resources thinking that I will use it at some time. I decided that if I have not even looked at the “stuff” over the past 3 years I am going to get rid of it. I took several boxes to the co-op I used to attend so that someone else can be blessed. How about you? What are you keeping that you can give away or throw away?
3. I found time to spend with my husband. I am incredibly busy (aren’t you?). I teach 11 different classes and find myself only seeing Dale when we get up in the morning and when he first gets home. I have really tried to get my schoolwork done by 7:00 a few days a week so I can spend evenings with him. It has not been an easy thing to do, but I know that school will always be there and lessons can always be improved, but I want to honor Dale and let him know I love him by spending time with him. I heard a gal say she and her husband put the kids to bed early one night a week so they can have a date night, which is their downstairs. 🙂 Will you consider setting aside couple time for you and your husband if not once a week, what about once a month? I think you will notice a difference in your home- you, your husband, your children and your attitude.
4. This was a hard one, but I have decided to cut down on my schedule for this upcoming year. I love everything I do, but I also realize that if I have to text Dale from another part of the house (which I have done) to say hello, I am doing too much. Take a look at your schedule. Are you doing too much? Is there something you can give you up this year?
5. I made “friend dates”. Time flies by, and before I know it, another month has passed and I still have not seen my girlfriends. Who have you not seen in a while? Can you catch a quick dessert for an evening? If not, try calling them and setting a timer so that you don’t feel guilty for catching up and leaving other duties. There are always dishes to wash and laundry to do, but friends are for a season and when all is said and done, people matter, NOT household duties. You can quote me on that!
6. I did some things for “me”. I bought a pair of running shoes with my Christmas money instead of spending it on things for the family or house. It was a splurge, but I am walking 6 days a week and felt that I needed to get fitted for a pair of shoes. After 2 failed attempts and having to go back each time to the running store, I finally found a pair that I like. What is that you want to do? Make the time or set aside a little money each week to pamper yourself. You deserve it!
Have a great year and remember to have fun and make time for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.
Love it Lisa!!
Thanks so much!
So for the past month on my daily to-do list, it is to type up my New Year’s Resolutions, and it is almost February and I have yet to cross that off my list! I have a very long list, but prioritizing is good, so I will start by numbering them. My husband read them and he just patted me on the back and said, “Good luck with that.” Maybe I should be a bit more specific in my goals and simplify…. So, your goals look great, and we are so much alike that I am just going to go with yours! 🙂
I am glad I wrote them out if they help. I am de-cluttering a little at a time and already sold a wood grain utility cabinet and Dale said, “Keep going!” 🙂