Monday, December 19, 2011
New Year's Resolutions for 2012
I know this post is a little early. It isn't even Christmas. My husband has two weeks off over Christmas, so I probably won't be online very much. I thought that I should get a jump-start on this. I feel a need to write down my resolutions this year. To be honest, I never make resolutions. No resolutions means no disappointments. Well, that is not true. I am forever complaining that I never get anything done (which is not true) and that I am a failure at meeting goals. How can you be a failure if you never set goals, right? So to make myself accountable, I am going to make a list for all to see. Please feel free to make suggestions. This list isn't inclusive, but a foundation. I will tweek goals as necessary and not expect to meet all of the goals by the end of the year. Nothing like putting myself under more pressure, right?
So first, I am going to separate my goals into different catergories. The following categories are my main focus: Spiritual, Family, Personal, Intellectual, Financial, For the Greater Good.
- find a spiritual director
- go to confession at least once a month
- go to Adoration once a week
- pray the Rosary daily
- learn 2 new prayers by heart
- read the Bible daily
- make a prayer intention book and begin praying intentionally for others using the book.
- pray together as a family everyday (saying grace doesn't count)
- spend time outdoors everyday (weather permitting)
- go for frequent walks
- go to the Bird Sanctuary
- feed the ducks at Bowness Park
- go to at least three city parks that we have never been to besides Bowness Park
- buy a family pass using homeschool funding for Heritage Park and go there often
- build the kids a play structure for the backyard (see bottom left of picture)
- save enough points to get gift cards for the lumber and materials needed for the play structure
- buy a new kiddie pool
- learn to make dairy free homemade ice-cream
- read to all of the kids on a daily basis (this is hard for me, the key is balance)
- have a good laugh together every day
- make more special time for each individual
- tune up everyone's bikes, buy dad one (if we can swing it) and get out on the bike paths
- go camping (this is new to us)
- plant a kid friendly garden (one they can take care of)
- find an affordable and reliable babysitter, so I can have a few dates with my husband
- get in shape
- have a baby
- take time to take care of myself and don't feel guilty
- get a haircut when I need one (I usually don't)
- get into a habit of taking my vitamins
- drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- get outside every day (weather permitting)
- get to bed earlier (by 10:00pm)
- feel better about myself, start liking myself
- learn at least 4 new techniques in handicraft this year
- make the baby some new clothes
- make hubby a sweater (I have never made him a sweater, just hats, scarves and such)
- play piano at least once a week
- read at least two fun books a month (cover to cover), Jane Austen would be a good start
- read at least one spiritual book a month. Only one, so I have more time to ponder, be guided and to write down my thoughts. I think I might start with something from Blessed Mother Theresa.
- try to learn something new every day. I homeschool, so that shouldn't be too hard.
- read 4 difficult reads this year. I will have to think about this one.
- read 4 biographies this year. Any suggestions?
- get debt free, finally.
- start saving for the long term.
- get a good emergency fund underway.
- start saving for a future adoption.
- start saving for a family vehicle or repairs (we have an almost 14 year old van)
- contribute to the kids savings more regularly
For the Greater Good
- take part in a 40 days for life
- write to our sponsored children at least twice a year, each.
- take the kids to the seniors home (their request) and visit, play games, read
- pray for others
- give more to good causes (maybe this should be under financial, too)
- make something for charity
- be an example
The list is long and probably even the most organized person in the world couldn't accomplish everything, but it is a try. Am I missing something?