New years resolutions … some people make them and some don’t. Some people make them and then inevitably break them, while others hang in for the long haul. I have to admit that I’m usually on the "don’t bother to make them" side. It’s not that I have anything against resolutions, it’s that I’m usually too exhausted after Christmas to even contemplate the New Year.
But this year’s different. Maybe it’s because our fall was extra busy and I’m enjoying my relaxation time over the holidays (perhaps a bit too much). Maybe it’s because our youngest now only wakes up once/night (usually – I’m typing this with as many fingers crossed as I can cross while still typing) so I’m thinking more clearly and have a bit more energy to think ahead. Maybe it’s that I’m getting older and, if I’m going to make changes in my life, I may as well do it now.
Whatever the reason, this year I resolve to slow down and take time to smell the flowers. I’m looking forward to a year of spending less time online and more time with the kids, taking time to play with them rather than shuttling them from place to place to place to place. (Let me apologize now as I will not be responding to emails and texts quite so frequently … however, if you need to get a hold of me urgently you are always welcome to call).
I’m looking forward to a year of more knitting and reading and drinking tea, and less time running around. A year of more home cooked meals and less fast food (we started this resolution at the beginning of Dec. in our home and it’s been amazing). I’m looking forward to a year that’ll be better for my mind, body, spirit, family and for the environment as sticking to my resolution will mean less disposable packaging (fast food) and less shopping for stuff that we don’t really need.
Maybe the secret to keeping a new year’s resolution is to resolve to do something that you actually want to do? Either way, I’m hoping to keep this one.