Wrapping up the resolution thing

Happy New Year - What shall I resolve?The kids are back in school, so there’s no way I can avoid making my resolutions.  I need to either declare them or admit that there won’t be any.

I’m out of excuses.

I’ve looked at my resolutions from the past and I’ve learned from them.

I’ve looked at my regrets from last year.

I’ve even reverse engineered some resolutions.

I tried to write a bucket list (and even started a blog post on the subject) but part way in I realized it was way too much work.

So (drum roll please) here it is.

My Resolutions for 2013.

  1. I resolve to publish the e-book.
  2. I resolve to throw my sons real birthday parties.
  3. I resolve to do my darndest to make sure the remodel actually gets finished this year and that our home is “guest-worthy.”
  4. I resolve to keep working on the bucket list until I actually have one.
  5. I resolve to finally figure out what to do with all the crochet hats I make.

Furthermore, I resolve to continue…

  1. My weekly coffee and lunch dates with my husband.
  2. My daily pursuit of solitude and time with God.
  3. The slow and steady improvement in our family’s eating habits, fitness levels, and overall health.
  4. My monthly goal setting (and achieving) habit.
  5. Reading two new books a month.
  6. Being the best me I know how to be – as authentically as I can be.
  7. Drinking more water than wine each day.
  8. Going to church and participating in our small group.
  9. Laugh more than I cry.
  10. Being a good friend, good wife, good mom, and good daughter.

This is a year of risk, big dreams, and vulnerability.  It’s a year of finishing what I’ve started.

Seeing it on paper, I’m excited.   It makes me want to spend the rest of the day in my planner, breaking those big resolutions down into smaller steps and mapping out the year.  Mentally, I’ve already started breaking those big dreams down – and I can see it happening.

Something about that makes me feel very very happy indeed.

I’d love to know if you’re turning a big dream into a reality this year.  

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://thishappymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_0036.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
Susan Baker
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  1. Love your resolutions! Number 7 made me laugh a bit. I’m still sorting my resolutions out a bit myself. I’m looking forward to reading your e-book when you publish it 🙂
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  2. Number seven made me laugh too, but I’m sticking with it. There was a period in my life when I drank waaaay too many diet sodas and not nearly enough water. There probably were some days that I actually did drink more wine that water. Eeek.
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  3. I believe my comment just got eaten … (sigh)

    • Jotje – Your comment didn’t get eaten. It got put in moderation. Like many bloggers, I’m not a fan of spam.

      Unfortunately for you, you triggered the spam filter. I can’t explain the technical details, but providing a twitter link, post title, google+ and comment where several are pointing back to the same product were to blame.

      I’m profoundly sorry that you thought your comments were eaten. I know how hard you had to work to put all those links into your comment even when CommentLuv warned you not to.

      • I’m so sorry, Susan! I got all those prompts to enter website-names, and twitter-names, and likes and what not, that I got a bit confused. LOL

        Good point about lunch not requiring a baby sitter. We have 4 kids, all in school, so during the day is in fact the only moment when we don’t need to bother my MIL to take up babysitter duties (which she gladly does, but I don’t wanna take advantage of her IYKWIM).

        • see? this time it didn’t eat your comments. 🙂

          I never mind people linking their stuff. It’s part of how we all find other blogs to follow and all that stuff. But I’ve got some plug in thingy that my husband set up that is a little too over zealous in it’s efforts to weed out spam. Sorry ’bout that.

          Clearly you aren’t a spammer. You may be a wee bit obsessed with your filofax (I peeked at your blog) but there’s nothing wrong with that.

          It’s funny. When we do actually get a sitter and go out in the evenings, we inevitably end up going to see a movie. While I enjoy that, it’s not exactly the best way to have a nice chat with my hubby. The lunch dates are all about communication. Normally that’s when we get a chance to talk about politics, what the preacher said on Sunday, etc. Coffee dates almost always end up with some kind of “business” flavor. We synch up schedules and task lists and talk about our budget.

          I think all 3 kinds have their place in our marriage. Summer is hard for us because we don’t get so many dates in. By the time school starts we have a LOT to talk about and catch up on.

  4. Okay, here we go again … (I will NOT be defeated by a machine!)

    Until last year, I never made any resolutions, because I figured What’s the point? Then I came across the Workbook/Planners by Leonie Dawson, and learned the power of the pen. It’s magical when you see your plans and dreams and goals written down on paper, isn’t it? And it’s so life-changing and energizing!

    BTW, love that you have Coffee/Lunch dates with your husband. I think I will suggest the same to mine! It’s so easy to take each other for granted when you’re so enrolled in everyday life ….

    • I’ll have to check out the planner and workbook that you’re talking about. It must be amazing.

      Coffee and lunch dates are so much easier for us than dinner dates. They don’t require a babysitter. Lunch prices are cheaper than dinner prices. We’re both more awake (well, after the coffee we are). I still love an evening date, but those are hard to come by.

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