Friday, January 1, 2010

A new day ...

Before you read any further ...

I wrote my original post early last night as I was at home with 2 out of 4 kids who were under the weather (no need for details). Instead of going out to celebrate, we made a family dinner for the healthy among us (roast, mashed potatoes, corn) and had a few bottles of Prosecco, one 2-liter of gingerale, plus a jar of marachino cherries all chilled and ready for a midnight toast. Well, we never made it to midnight. I woke up (hangover free) but face-to-face with the resolutions that I had penned the day before.

The last thing I wanted to do today was get to work on sanding, priming and painting the new wall in the foyer as I had envisioned (see resolution #4) or jumping on the treadmill (that would be #6). So instead, I went back to bed and hid my head under my pillow for a couple of hours! When I got back up (good thing the kids can get their own breakfast!) I sat down with the hubby/general-contractor-in-residence and we decided to make a wish list for 2010.

Let’s just say that by October of 2010 we should be done finishing what we have started around here (plus I will have my *dream* kitchen!) So, now I just have to get to work on everyone else’s projects so that we can make it all happen (or start playing the lottery). I just figured that by making the list we could throw it all out there to the universe and see what comes back!

P.S. I am happy to report that we did start the day with fruit smoothies and I stood in Mountain Pose for at least one minute. Next I will be gathering up a few friends to see the movie “It’s Complicated.” I figure it will provide some comic relief (plus some visual escape) to the end of vacation week and the start of a new year with high expectations!

So now back to my previously scheduled post ...

My 10 resolutions for 2010

#1 Streamline time on technological devices (interpret as needed)

Travel more ... with and without the kids.

Inspire my children with daily quote board (already started this : )

#4 Set time aside each day to
tackle at home design projects. Look for “Designer Confessions” coming to this blog soon!

Organize family photos like I used to. I am about 5 years behind (my sincere apologies to my fourth child who is almost 6). The outrageous number of pictures I take with the digital camera might have something to do with it ... I guess running out of film was a blessing in disguise! I plan to skip the photo albums and create memory books online instead. Resolve to create books with actual people in them and not just design “before and afters.”

#6 Get on the treadmill for 10-15 minutes a day without fail. Do at least one yoga pose a day. If I can devote substantial time every day to mundane tasks like laundry and dishes, there is no reason why I can’t do the same for something that will actually have long-term physical benefits. How hard can 15-20 minutes be?

#7 Actually use lateral file to file stuff, instead of as a drawer to put things in “till later.” This goes along with the annual resolution to get organized. I would love to know exactly where something is when I actually need it instead of wasting time searching through piles (of paper, of clothes, of ...)

#8 Eat more high energy foods and less Cheese-its. More green tea, less Keurig.

#9 Schedule time for family adventures. The boys are all old enough to get out there and try new things, and with all my new found time and increased energy (see resolutions #1, 6, 7 and 8) I should be able to keep up with them!

#10 Expect to be lucky and at the same time focus on gratitude.

My resolution last year was not to have any resolutions, which actually worked out pretty well, too! Good luck with whichever approach you decide to take in 2010.

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