I don’t make resolutions (quick…checking the archives to make sure I haven’t changed in 10 years…nope haven’t). There is nothing special about January 1st for me. It just happens to be the day after December 31st.
But I did something this year that I haven’t done before. I actually wrote down goals. Okay, typed them out. And discussed them and found meaning in them for my life. Things that will help me be joyful in moments where I might struggle (you didn’t get puked on today, lucky you!)
Say “no” more often.
To the kids? No. Well, maybe, but likely not. It’s about saying “no” to the things that don’t matter. To the things that will pull me away from them and the family. To the things that make me a not better mom/wife/person. Hold me to this people. I say “no” a lot, but I need to improve! There is always room for improvement. Because these little faces (and the one behind the camera making them smile matter a lot!)
Say “yes” more often.
Shretchh…errrrkk. What? Say “yes” more after saying “no” more? I assure you, I’m not confused, so stick with me.
“Mommy, will you play this game with me?”
“Mommy, can we have spaghetti for dinner?”
“Mommy, can we have a family movie night this weekend?”
“Can we go look at the Christmas lights after dinner even though it’s bedtime?”
These are all things I need to say “yes” to more often. Every time I’m asked, no. But I need to say less “not right now” or “in a minute.” I’m trying.
I already beat N at Pop-o-matic Trouble!
Write out funny kid stories again.
I used to write out the funny things the kids said. I used to make a funny story to go with them. I want to do that again. Maybe just once a month. But it makes me happy to write them out and to read them. I mean how can I not find joy in my baby covered in shave cream, or with her hair slathered in Vaseline?
Once again, this year, I’m teaming up with my some of my favorite mamas for the Happy Mama Moment to share our moments. This month, Dude Mom Amanda is hosting and would love to see your resolutions or your non-resolutions and how you will find joy this year.
What are you resolving to do in 2015?