Sound cheesy? Sorry, it's practically mandatory on this day!
I've never really been one for New Year's resolutions. I tend to go the way of the majority of the rest of the population and fail on my good intentions by February or March. Then I feel like...well...a failure! There are lots of things I would love to do this year.
Get healthier. I'm not going to say lose weight or diet or be skinny again. I've already decided that I'm going to make a very conscious effort to avoid phrases like those at all costs. I want my daughter to have a positive self image, and I know that starts with me. So I want to make sure that I'm healthy.
Let go of my perfectionism. Not going to happen overnight. Flylady has a few great things to say about this, and I'm going to keep working on it, one baby step at a time. I'm starting right here, right now. I've given myself 15 minutes to get this post ready to publish, and whatever I have after 15 minutes is good enough, and certainly better than the nothing I would have if I edited and tweaked until I got it perfect! (Four minutes and 32 seconds into this, the kid came up to me and said, "You want mommy!" We're still working on pronouns. How could I resist that? So the snuggle break that I just took did not count towards my 15 minutes!)
Remember more. This one, I can do. In fact, this is where my new project comes in. I'm sure I saw it on Pinterest at some point, but I can't find the pin, so I can't credit the wonderful person who had the original idea. I'm especially excited about this project, because I think it's one I can actually keep up for more than six weeks! As an added bonus, I had all of the necessary materials on hand. Here's what you'll need:
- Index cards, a notebook, or sheets of paper in pretty much any size - I had a bunch of 6x8 (or something like that) index cards that I had purchased for another project that, guess what, I never got around to. Eventually you will need 365 (plus one more, but not until 2016) of them.
- Something in which to store them - Again, I used the file box I purchased for the previous failed project. It's pretty and purple. Bonus!
- A utensil with which to write - I happened to have pretty pens that I bought on sale, so I figured I might as well use those!
- Take one index card, the first page of the notebook, or a sheet of paper.
- Pick up your writing utensil.
- Write "January 1" on the top of the card/paper.
- Write "2014" underneath on the first line.
- Next to "2014," write something that happened.
|See? So pretty, and so full of possibility!|
That's it. It can be as simple as "Mommy braided P's hair for the first time." or "P counted to 14." (We're currently stuck at 13, but today just might be the day!)
|It's a bit of a miracle she even held still for this - behold the captivating powers of Elmo's World! Maybe next time I'll make sure I have a comb on hand so I can try two braids...|