It’s that time again…resolution time…
I know I’m getting to it a little late, but better late than never…
It might be a little cliché, but the new year always brings about a sense of renewal…that there are endless possibilities…that you can put last year behind you and move on. So I’m taking that feeling and running with it.
While I do have the traditional goals of exercising more and getting healthier, a big one is trying to be a little greener at home. I’m trying to make some baby steps like recycling, reducing our electricity usage, buying local and organic and just cutting back on our consumerism. (that’s going to be the hardest…I LOVE me some Target).
Going a bit greener ties into two of my other goals: spending less money and having more quality time with my kids. That is probably my biggest goal…to really spend some good, quality time with my kids. I still have to keep the house in order and find time to workout and cook and maybe brush my teeth before noon…but I HAVE to work on investing in my kids more. There are a couple facets to this goal:
1) having more structured days. I’m trying to wake up before the kids, usually by 6am. Not going to lie…its only happened once since christmas but I’ve had an awful cold (I seriously didn’t know the human body could produce so much snot…y.u.c.k.). The flip side to that is going to bed by 9 or 9:30…which I’m already breaking while writing this…I know…off to a fabulous start.
2) unplugging for the majority of the day. Hello, my name is Liz, and I am addicted to the computer. I am. I will leave it on all day and go check every 5 minutes to see if someone posted something on facebook. Maybe I got an e-mail. Let’s face it…I am not that popular. And to be honest…I think I should be glad I’m not that popular. But my kids think I’m pretty cool (at least right now…maybe in 2 years they won’t) so I need to unplug and really get down on the floor and spend some time with them. The other part of unplugging is turning off the TV. I have been soooooo bad about letting my kids watch TV. I used it as a crutch to let me get stuff done around the house…now it is pure habit. I mean, we haven’t been watching the Exorcist or anything…but even educational TV doesn’t need to be on all day. We are now on day two of unplugging (although I went for a haircut so I’m not sure if hubby caved). There have been major times I’ve wanted to cave and just turn the happy glowing box on so the kids will stop whining…but I have resisted. I’ll update on our progress…say a few prayers :) I also have to cut down on the number of blogs I follow. That is going to hurt. There are so many talented and inspiring people out there. But I think its time to cut the list down. All for the greater good.
And to round out the list, I want to really explore my blogging…try to find my voice and purpose and still bring some killer quilts to the mix.
Practicing my photography is on the list. Starting Jan 1 I have vowed to take more pictures in Manual mode. They look so.much.better. Honestly.
And Last but not least, Quilting. I finished two awesome quilts before the holidays. I’ve just been waiting on some pics to post to the blog. They will be posted next week, along with some other projects currently in the works. I’m hoping to get the nerve up to open an etsy shop this year. But I’m not rushing it.
So here’s to a joyful new year!