I am a lover of resolutions and I am a lover of fresh starts. That’s why Mondays are my favorite day of the week and New Years in my second favorite time of the year.
Last year, I didn’t talk about my resolutions. I don’t know why. It’s been a source of frustration to me because I have actually tried to look them up a number of times this year and haven’t been able to find them. So I wanted to make sure to talk about 2018’s resolutions.
First, I chose a word for 2018, which I hear is a trendy thing to do. My word is “less.” I toyed with a lot of other ideas but this was the one that stuck out to me because it is simple and perfect. I was less. Less clutter. Less stress. Less weight. Less noise. Less junk. Less.
When it comes to actual resolutions, I generally make 3 to 5. One year I made 52 small resolutions (one small change for each week) and it flopped pretty fast. Generally, I go with three: one for mind, one for body, and one for soul. But, tbh, 5 is my go to number for things so this year I chose 5.
- Get down to 150 lbs. (Amount to lose: TBD. I’ll weigh in on Monday.) I had a baby this year, guys, and honestly pregnancy made me skinnier. I can tell that I am carrying a lot more weight than I need to and that I basically dump garbage in my mouth. I am physically weak, too. I can barely carry LD in the car seat! So this year I am going to eat better, eat out less, move more, and tone up. Let’s face it. I know how to do this. I just need to do it.
- Organize! Ditch the shit, put the shit away, and finish the home improvement shit. I have a tendency to hold on to things even though they no longer bring me joy, if we’re being Kondo about it. I’ve already started purging my bedroom, getting rid of things that will never fit again or are ratty or I just never wear. I figure that getting rid of stuff is a good way to attract new stuff and also make life easier. Less shit means it will be easier to put it all somewhere and not be tripping over it constantly. Also, I have a bunch of little projects to do/complete around the house (like that bathroom that was started a year and a half ago or my sink that’s been leaking for months). I just want to get my house in order because I know that it will make everything way easier.
- Master the monies! Real talk. I have been FUCKING TERRIBLE for the past couple of months. Like, my plastic has been out waaaaay too much. I budget but then I overspend and then I say, “Oh well! Capital One’s got this!” I’m going back on the David Ramsey 9 step plan starting with today’s check. I topped off my emergency fun and now it’s time to pay off that credit card. I am going to focus a lot on spending less on food and drink in the next year, as those are my big expenses, and looking into better costing services.
- Get out more. Spend more time with friends and family. I have been terrible about this too. Honestly, work is enough time out of the house for me AND it’s much harder with a baby. But I don’t want to shy away from so much this year. I want to go to my friends’ houses and I want to hang out with my mom and I also want to take LD places, get him used to going so that he can see amazing things.
- Cultivate joy. I may not know A LOT of new moms but the ones that I DO know seem to suffer from this same problem. Working and mothering and wifing and housekeeping and all of the million little things that we need to do? They tend to pile up and before we know it we haven’t had time to fill out cups with joy and, even worse, it’s easy to forget what you actually ENJOY doing. Even if you do know, it starts to feel like more hassle than it’s worth. Well, no more for this woman! I am going to meditate and read and write and make time to create stuff and color and play games and listen to music and alllllllll of that stuff. I am going to read to my baby and snuggle my cars and probably drive Hubby bonkers. Because what is the point of all of this living if you just feel like shit all of the time?
So, less. Less sitting, less junk food, less spending, less procrastinating, less excuses. A year of less.