After reviewing my 2013 Resolutions, it’s time to write my 2014 Resolutions.
1. Get in shape. I’ve started working out every Sunday morning, with a mini-workout almost every night at home. I’ve done this whole exercise thing in the past, but I don’t ever think I’ve felt so dedicated to it before. I truly believe in myself and my body, and I know I can reach my physical goals. I will set attainable small goals throughout the year to remain focused.
2. Get Lydia to therapy on time each day. Lydia goes to therapy three times a week, and for some reason, I’m almost always late once a week. I need to watch the clock better and get myself organized enough to arrive at therapy on time. If you also would like to take better care of your Childs with some therapy, this link has the best hypnotherapy Sydney reviews.
3. Continue to find good sources of food. This past year, we bought 1/8 of a cow and 1/4 of a pig. The cow has already lasted us 5 months, and we still have a nice amount left in the freezer. The pig has last us 2 months, with plenty left in the freezer as well. I also get all my organic produce at a discount because I coordinate a buying club group at my house, which helps my budget and our bodies. I will continue to find innovative ways to acquire good food for my family.
4. Stay debt-free. Last year’s kitchen renovation put us into some (interest-free) debt that messed us up even more when someone stole Richard’s ID and filed a tax return before we did. This year, I would like to carry a $0 balance on all credit cards, paying them off each month as I always had prior to this year. I am confident we can do this.
5. Save for the summer. The summer months are a challenge for teachers. My husband receives pay for 10 months, and then we go without over the summer. I would like to save up enough by April to pre-pay our mortgage through July so I don’t have to worry about that. My blog money, Nova money, and Phoenix money should carry us through the summer if we budget correctly.
6. Build my blog. My blog following has increased tremendously this past year. I do not necessarily have clear goals as to how to grow, but I would definitely like to bring in more revenue and reach a greater audience. I feel like I am transitioning now from just being your average mom blogger to making a part-time career out of writing, which is very exciting. I also want to do a complete makeover – change my banner, button, etc. It needs some serious updating!
7. Educate my children. For the most part, our days are fairly unstructured. We work on a different thematic unit each month, which we have done since Lydia was born. I would like to work more toward teaching Lydia to read so when she begins VPK, she feels confident in her skills. Her writing has really come along, but we will continue to work on that as well. Bryce is beginning to learn the basics (counting to 10, a few letters), but we will also work on colors, shapes, etc.
8. Be involved in Lydia’s education. This ties in with the previous one. Lydia will start school 3 hours a day in August. I will definitely volunteer to be the classroom mom and do whatever I can to be involved in her education.
9. Find more alone time with Richard. I am not sure how or when this will work, but I believe we only went on 2 dates in 2013: our wedding anniversary in the Spring and our dating anniversary in the Fall. We need to work on this. Alone time is so foreign to us, we don’t even know what to do when we aren’t monitoring children! In fact, we were in Target together briefly, just the two of us, and we felt like 15 year-olds dating, like we had to sneak around the store or something. It was fairly amusing. And with children who don’t sleep through the night, our evening time with each other is often disrupted as well. We need more time for just the two of us.
10. Make time for creativity. After being with the kids all day long, 5 days a week, I often need an outlet for my own creativity. I want to continue to improve my sewing skills, work on some scrapbooking, baking, writing…whatever I can to express myself.
I may think of others… but this is a great start! Cheers to the start of a wonderful 2014!