I'm usually not into New Year's Resolutions. Mostly because they never get done. Twice in my life, I have made resolutions and kept them. And it was the same resolution- to not drink cokes for a certain amount of time. My senior year of high school, I didn't drink cokes from New Year's until graduation. Then the next year, I didn't drink cokes from New Year's until I went on a trip to the Amazon in August. Both of them= accomplished. Did it impact my life much? Nah.
Last year, I started a blog post about how I don't like New Year's resolutions, but I didn't finish the post. It ended up somewhere in the land of half done, much like resolutions do!! Irony much?!
This year is a little different. The past year has challenged me a lot. In fact, I don't remember much of it, as I think I have just blocked it all out. Having children 18 months apart is challenging in the beginning. Balancing a newborn and a strong willed toddler can be quite trying, to say the least. And then add post-partum hormones and anxiety, and you've got a recipe for disaster.
As Kinsley has gotten older, things have gotten so much better, but I decided there had to be a change. I still have moments of anxiety but when I take a step back and look at things, it's simple really. We are always going and doing. I am staying up late to do more things and the wake up call from my cute little redhead comes early. We eat terrible foods. A lot of Chick-Fil-A. A lot of Starbucks, Dr. Pepper, and sweet tea. I am always cleaning and picking up the house. It seems that no matter how much I clean, there is always stuff everywhere!
There seems to be one solution to my problems and it is this:
More time at home. More sleep. More tickles and giggles with the kids. Less stuff. Less toxins. Less, less, less.
More of the good. Less of the bad.
I wouldn't have to pick stuff up all the time if we didn't have so much STUFF.
I wouldn't be anxious about getting everyone together and to [wherever] on time if we just stayed home and didn't go so much.
I would feel a heck of a lot better if I put good things into my body instead of a bunch of chemicals and additives that taste great on the tastebuds but do nothing else for me except make me feel bloated and yucky.
Instead of a resolution, this year I came up with a motto.
"Health and Home: Keeping it clean in 2013"
I am trying to transition us to mostly clean eating. Less processed foods and more whole, natural, organic foods. [Don't you worry, I am NOT giving up chips and salsa, or Chick-fil-a. It's all about moderation, people!!] I am planning to make more things at home. I told my husband and bro-in-law that I'm going to make homemade ketchup and ranch dressing and they just gave me weird looks and said, "ok...." I have a feeling I'll be getting a lot of reactions like that. :)
I'm going to simplify my home. I'm going to get rid of A LOT of things. The kids don't need a ton of toys. I don't need a pile of papers on my counter at all times. I don't need to buy more and more and more.
It's not that I'm never going to leave my house. The kids and I would go insane. But I'm going to prioritize. I'm going to focus on my first and highest calling- and that is to be a wife and a mom. I think we will all benefit from this.
And I think this is a New Year's "resolution" that is going to make a difference.