1.02.2009

Am I setting myself up for failure?

It's that time of year again... time for the new year's resolutions. It's 2009... Wow! I'm determined to make it a good year and with my determination comes a laundry list of resolutions.

Maybe some are resolutions and some are goals. either way, I hope I'm not setting myself up for failure with such a long list. But there are several areas in my life that I'd like to improve upon and the only way to do that is to set a goal for myself. You can't get anywhere if you don't know where you're going... if you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting... and all of that.

Last year my resolution (I think) was to take my green living another step forward. And I certainly accomplished that one. Every single time we grocery shop, we use canvas bags. Many times when we shop elsewhere, we also use canvas bags. I even have one that conveniently tucks away in my purse.

Another thing we changed this year was eating more organic foods... always organic milk, chicken and ground turkey when we can find it organic, most of our baby foods, and a few other things here and there.

We also switched to using cloth napkins for meals at home and cloth rags for most clean-ups. I can't remember the last time we bought paper napkins or paper towels. Oh, and I've become a bit recycling-obsessed and even went through the trash cans at a party this summer to pull out all the soda cans for recycling. I've also been affectionately called the recycling nazi.

Anyway... on to my list for 2009...

*Catch up and keep up with printing our photos. I always get so far behind in this. Starting this year, I think we will switch to getting photo books printed instead of individual photos that I need to print, sort, date and put into albums. Too much work. And the photo books are way nicer.

*Get out of the house with the kids more. I want to take more walks, get to the park and the beach more, play in the yard more and get to JellyBean Jungle more often since the kids now have a membership.

*Clean up my language. Really, it's bad. And getting worse. It.Must.Be.Stopped.

*Lose weight, and not just with this (review coming!) Seriously, I know this is typical for resolutions, but not for me. I don't like setting goals that I honestly aren't going to be working hard for. So I've never really had a weight loss resolution. But I desperately want to be healthy and stay healthy for my family. I want to do everything that I can to be here for them as long as I can be. And I want to set a good example for my kids. Oh, and I want it to be easier to find cute clothes and actually look good in them. Ha.

*Complete both kids' baby books. Yea, my daughter will be 3 in March and much of her baby book is incomplete. And my son will be 1 in two weeks and his baby book is mostly empty. Sad, but true. I redeem myself in that I do have a personal blog with all of their accomplishments, important dates, pictures, funny stories, etc. But I need to complete the baby books so that one day I can pass them on to my kids and they can have a memento of the early years they will never remember in adulthood.

Ok, so I think that's it. I could go on and say I'd like to keep my house cleaner, my laundry not so piled up, my dishes cleaned and put away in a more timely manner.... but I won't. Ha.