A Coming New Year

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New Year.  A new year.  A new beginning.  Out with the old, and in with the new.  Turning over a new leaf.  Turning over a dozen new leaves.  Change.  Improvement.  Goals.  Hopes.  Plans.  Wishes.

I’m thinking . . . .  I’m planning . . . .

I hesitate to put it here because there is a level of accountability here.  From you, my friends.  But accountability is good.

Thinking of the new year.  Thinking of things that I want to change and things that I want to be different.

I won’t call them New Year’s Resolutions because I’m a little against them . . . they never stick.  Instead, I’m thinking of them as goals and wishes.  That will work.

In 2011, I want to have fun.  I want to play.  The fullness and sometimes heaviness of “my plate” has taken a level of fun out of my life.  I’m happy, and I’m joyful, but I don’t always have fun.  Everything we do and everything we plan, we first have to send it through the Chloe filter and the Zippy filter to see if it’s appropriate for us or not.  Those filters tend to sometimes dampen the fun.  I’m not complaining; just being real.  I love my life, and I think you know that, but there are lots of things we don’t do because of having kids with special needs.  Of course, it will remain true that we can’t do some things, but when we can and do do things, I want to have fun at them!  I want to laugh more.  I don’t know exactly what “more fun” will look like, but I’ll figure it out.  🙂

In 2011, I want to make quality time with my kids a big priority.  I am oftentimes reminded when I look at my kids — Elliot, especially — that they are growing up fast.  Elliot will be 12 this year.  I want to make sure that my relationship with him is strong and true and enjoyable.  I think bonding now will help in the teenage years.  Anyone else a little wary of teen years?  I want to have great teen years with Elliot and Zach so whatever I need to do now, I want to do it.  I think I have good relationships with both of my boys, but I want to really treasure them both this year.  Does that make sense?

In 2011, I want to treasure my husband more, too.  Life gets so busy.  Life’s stresses get in the way.  The kids get in the way.  So often, I have nothing left of myself for Paul.  I want my actions and my schedule to show that he’s #1.  I want to treasure him so he knows how important he is to me.

In 2011, I want to be more organized.  This includes my housekeeping, my business, my schedule, my everything.  I am a wreck.  Really.  I’m a train wreck.  My bedroom depicts my life — it is out of control.  I oftentimes put on a good front, but just a peek at my bedroom will tell all.  So I would love for this year to be the year that even my bedroom is organized.  This will take a lot of work and determination and changing, but I want it to happen.  Wish me luck on this one!

In 2011, I want to feed my family more healthy meals.  Getting my life more organized will certainly help with this one.  But lately I have fallen into such a rut of feeding my family quick, convenience foods.  And if it’s not quick, convenience foods, then it’s unhealthy food anyway.  Paul would certainly appreciate more nutrition as he tries to vamp up his running, and my kids need to be eating more healthfully.  I may start slowly on this. . . or I might just jump right in and cause all kinds of shock.  We’ll see.  But be patient with me — habits die hard!

I could go on and on, but I will keep it to those 5 and try to stay focused on them.

Now I’m struggling with whether or not I should make a plan to accomplish those things or if I should just go for it — seems like I should make a plan, but is that the FUN thing to do? 😉  Oh, me.  I’m a mess.

Ok.  So here’s to 2011 — My Fun Year of Organized, Healthful Family Time!


One response to this post.

  1. […] Posted January 2, 2011 by Kelly in family, homemaking. Tagged: Health, home. Leave a Comment Remember my 5 Goals/Wishes to focus on for 2011? […]


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