The New Years Resolution Post That For Once Isn’t Full of Bullshit

In the past I have been the queen of the New Years resolution. I love making them, and feel like there is always room for improvement. Even if you don’t keep them, there is a lot to be said for making goals and striving to stick to them.

2012 was an amazing year for us – Paul’s immigration stuff got finished, he got not one but two long-term consulting jobs , we got a great visit with my mother in law, I got to spend more time with my family, and we found out we are expecting a new arrival next August. We are happy with the rental we are in, and everyone is healthy.

We did ok keeping our 2012 resolutions, which included things like getting the immigration stuff finished, preparing to get pregnant, and trying a new restaurant every month. So now I’ve hit a dilemma – what do you commit to change when life is going pretty well?

Losing weight is kind of the old stand-by, but being pregnant throws a bit of a wrench in that. I could try to commit to losing the baby weight by the end of the year, but will I really be happy putting that sort of pressure on myself so close to the holidays? I think not.

This year my goals are going to be more realistic. 2012 was all about change for us, I’d like 2013 to be more about slowing down to enjoy life.

I want to take more time to read. It’s something I greatly enjoy, and not having a ton of energy these days, it’s easy to do without much effort.

I want to de-clutter a bit and get rid of things that aren’t used. Not because I want a spotless house, but because I want to simplify, and useless things that just take up space are stressful.

I plan to eat healthier now that the holidays are over. Gaining weight is part and parcel of being pregnant, but I don’t do myself any favors by eating poorly, and it just makes me feel sick afterwards.

Finally, I want to work on being kinder to myself. I’ve always said I want to lose x number of lbs, or read x number of books, or do this or that, but when life happens, all I see is that I didn’t accomplish what I expected to.

Overall I’d like to just stress less and enjoy more. I feel like sometimes we get so busy and so caught up in things that we forget to live in the now and do what makes us happy. Cooking good meals, spending quiet evenings with friends, having more meaningful conversations…This is my plan for 2013.

Taking 2012 and Making it My Bitch

2011 was a great year for us here in the O’Flaherty household. We got to spend a lot of time with friends, we road-tripped to Birmingham a few times, we pulled off another Barcamp, and Paul continued to push ScrwMedia forward into his full-time job. We got to spend lots of time with the kids, the asshole frog only ate 8 or so of my aquarium fish, and no one had to go to the emergency room. We have a roof over our heads, Firefly on DVD, and laugh together far more than most couples we know. I think on the whole, I can’t complain too much.

2012 is looking to be a much busier year for us, with the plan of moving into a different rental over the summer, and continuing to work on expanding the evil empire. I am pleased enough with keeping my New Years resolutions last year(getting out more and losing a bit of weight) to get more ambitious with them this year. My focus for 2012 will be on expanding my horizons, and working on getting myself healthier(and dragging Paul kicking and screaming along with me on this one!). I want to learn more, experience more, and encourage those around me to do the same. Life doesn’t just happen, you have to seek out the knowledge and experiences the world has to offer. I don’t want to just coast through 2012, I want to bend it over and make it my bitch. This will be our best year yet.

2012 New Year’s Resolutions

  • Create and stick to a budget/savings plan as we did in 2011
  • Room by room organization of the house in preparation for moving over the summer
  • Read 1 new book a week
  • Try 1 new restaurant a month(Fast food doesn’t count!)
  • Start listening to more podcasts
  • Lose and maintain 25lbs by September 1st
  • Blog more! (3 posts per week)
  • Be physically and financially ready to start trying for a baby by September

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years Eve, and your kiss at midnight is nothing short of magical.