Our 2 Cents: New Years Resolutions

Thursday , 5, January 2012 2 Comments

The new year is upon us!  I like making resolutions and was curious about how Maggie felt about them.  It seems like you either like them, or hate them. How do we feel? Here are our 2 cents on New Years Resolutions.


I like having a goal.  I am a list maker.  I get more done when I have more to do.  So, I also like resolutions!  I realize that I need to be realistic about my resolutions.  I know I am not going to be able to work out 7 days a week this year, I’m not going to lose 100 lbs, and I’m not going to be a perfect wife and parent.  So, my resolutions tend to be something that I need to work on.  Last year, I resolved to listen to people more, and ask questions.  I chose this resolution because I realized that while listening to others, I was focused more on what I was going to say next than what the person was actually saying.  I learned a lot about others this year.  I plan to continue listening to people in the same way in 2012.

This year my resolution is to keep my house clean…..er, well, cleaner than I have been.  I am not the best housekeeper and it has always made me crazy.  Now, with a little one, I feel like a clean house is more necessary than in the past.  I don’t want little guy tripping on piles of laundry and getting into the dust bunnies in the corner.  I have a cleaning ‘schedule’ that I will use and adjust as I see necessary.  I am not going to be too hard on myself if my house isn’t spotless (because I know that is not possible!) but I know I can do better than I have been, and a resolution is a good way for me to stay motivated.

I have also toyed with the idea of having different types of resolutions.  One personal, one focused on motherhood, one for my marriage, etc. , but for now, a clean house it is! Maybe I’ll try multiple resolutions next year.



Resolutions!  I’m not a very consistent resolution maker.   Usually I just don’t know what to do, or I can’t think of anything that would be meaningful to me.  In 2004 I’m pretty certain my unofficial resolution was to lose weight.  If you had looked at me in February you would have thought I abandoned my resolution, but by September I met my goal.  It was and is a journey (which I blog about on Weight Loss Wednesdays).

I’ve had two years in which I made official resolutions.  In 2006 I thought about the resolution idea and decided that I wanted to get over my  fear of guns.  I felt afraid to even handle a gun.  Well my husband is former military and works with guns for a living now – so I figured I needed to get over it.  About midway through the year I took an all day class and got to handle and shoot several types of guns – for the first time in my life.  It helped a lot.  Almost 6 years later, I find I really need to spend some time at the range and keep this fear from coming back to me.

In 2009 I ran my first 5K, so in 2010 I decided to do at least three 5K races.  Check.

This year I’m back to not being sure about a resolution.  I haven’t had the chance to come up with something meaningful.  I’m still in the pondering stage.  Last summer I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  (side note:  I loved this book!)  Following her on Facebook and whatnot I got the idea of coming up with a word to focus on for the year instead of a resolution.  I decided to do a word of the month instead.  January is PRESENT.  I am hoping this will give me a chance to make and meet mini goals and NOT GET BORED and lax in my resolve.  I haven’t ruled a resolution out yet.  I’m taking my time thinking about it!

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