I love the positive renewing energy that comes from a new year – and with 2010, we start a new decade!
In that spirit, here’s my list of things to improve upon, goals to reach, and things that I will do in 2010:
1) Get Healthier. Okay, yes, #1 is uber-cliché & conventional as far as New Year’s resolutions go. But who couldn’t be healthier? Personally, I need to increase my HDL (“good cholesterol”) and reduce my TSH (thyroid level). To achieve these goals, I have three things in mind: exercise more, eat more raw, fresh food, and keep better tabs on what exactly I DO put into my body & how much I actually DO exercise. Fortunately, we have an elliptical machine, a fantastic Blendtec smoother blender which makes super-good fruit & veggie smoothies, and my ever-present pal, iPhone. With all these convenient, modern technologies how can I not get back to a place of better health? Of course, losing a bit of weight & getting stronger in the process are, of course, nice side benefits! :)
2) Practice peaceful, positive discipline with my children more consistently and effectively! I recently purchased a pack of 52 cards to help me stay on track, called “Positive Discipline Parenting Tools: 52 Cards to Improve Your Parenting Skills”. The ideas presented on the cards are fantastic reminders to stay kind, positive, encouraging, and consistent in your interactions with your children. They suggest positive discipline techniques without overusing praise or punishment. Just perusing some of the cards, I’ve found them to be helpful in making a natural progression from the Attachment Parenting techniques we’ve used with our children as infants/toddlers to preschoolers! If you’re interested in the cards, I purchased them here (not my site & I’m not affiliated, just had a good experience with my online purchase).
3) Read 10 books. Now, ten may not sound that lofty to most. Frankly it’s not to me either. But with working, parenting, homemaking, gardening, blogging, etc., one of my favorite pastimes, reading, often gets left by the wayside, so I’m being realistic here folks. One book every 1.25 months I can do. I have 7 on my bedside table, ready to go. In fact, I just cracked the first one open!
4) Write. More. Often. I so enjoy writing, yet like many other time consuming personal activities, since having children, I’ve pushed it to the backburner. So, 2010 is the year to bring quadrant two (non urgent, important [Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here's a quick review of Steven Covey’s Quadrants] to the forefront, and push quadrant 4 (non urgent, not important) to the background. And when I say write, I’m not talking about Twitter - because while it’s a fun place to share information – the time spent “writing” on twitter (and I use quotations as 140 characters dsnt leav mch rm 2 actuly wrt) could be much more productively spent actually writing. Like in my blog, or my novel (oh yes, I WILL complete it).
5) Seeing Dave Matthews w/Tim Reynolds in concert. Yes, this is on my new years resolution list. Why? It’s been nearly 20 years since I’ve had a real concert EXPERIENCE. I’m craving one again, and from everything I’ve read, Dave will pull through for me. I wasn't more than a sometimes fan of Dave Matthews until about two years ago when I stumbled upon his & Tim Reynolds’ Live at Radio City video on the home theatre display with my daughter in an unnamed big box store. We sat & watched, entranced. What a performer! Been a big fan ever since (and even got Adam hooked too). Its time to experience it in person!
So there you have it: Get healthier, parent better, read more, write more, and see a good show. That shouldn’t be too hard, right? I’m up for the challenge! Who’s with me? I’d love to hear your resolutions – please share your comments!