There is something so refreshing about starting a new year. At the risk of sounding very cliché, the beginning of a new year is like writing on the first page of a journal. Or a brand new 2016 agenda… if I had one yet. Which I should, because I could have used it several times by now. Instead I am writing myself notes and scheduling appointments on scraps of paper that I find lying around my very messy office, which are destined to get lost or accidentally thrown out. My bright and shiny new year is looking more like a chaotic mess, hence this blog post about new year’s resolutions happening this late into January. On the bright side, I have managed to finally get my house cleaned after all the Christmas and New Year’s festivities, so… yay me
First, let me explain the title of this post. I don’t make resolutions. I used to, but I decided a few years ago that it was far too depressing for me to make a list of resolutions, quit 95% of them by March, and then put them right back on the list the following year. It made me grumpy. Very grumpy. So I decided that I was going to take a lighter approach to the whole resolutions thing and make a list of easily attainable goals. Small things like food I want to make or places I want to go in the upcoming year. It makes the new year feel exciting and refreshing instead of like one big depressing fail once February 28th hits and I’ve stopped drinking 8 glasses of water a day and eaten a piece of pie for breakfast. That’s right, breakfast.
This year my full list feels a little heavier than years past, but I won’t bore you with that now. And I’m pretty sure that judging by how this post started you can guess that organization and time management (yawn) is at the top of the list anyway. So without further ado, here is my list of (light) goals for this year!
The first 2016 goal I’m finding is a tricky one when trying to run a small business. Especially when that business is run out of a small room in my house where my 2 and 4-year-old can come and go as they please like they’re my miniature bosses demanding juice and snacks. Sometimes they come in just to say “mom” repeatedly until I answer, only to leave without actually needing anything, so you can imagine how difficult it is to get anything done in a timely fashion. And because it takes me 10 times longer to do anything due to all the interruptions, I find that my time with them usually involves me answering emails with one of them on my lap, or dragging my daughter to ship packages when my son is in school. Now I understand that this will be unavoidable at times, but it feels like so far this year it is becoming the norm and I’m not ok with that. So my goal is more quality time with my littles, because they’re just that and they won’t be for long. This probably means that I’ll be doing most of my work after they go to bed which equals late nights for me, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. All I can hope is that napping together is considered quality time for my kids. Somehow I doubt it.
My second goal is to take more pictures. Not just on my phone, but real photos on a camera (gasp!). My sister and I were talking recently about how when we were in our twenties we used to take cameras everywhere we went. So many pictures that will make it really hard to show our kids one day and then have to explain to them the importance of being a responsible adult. The cameras were soon replaced with camera phones and eventually the picture-taking stopped completely. One of our favorite things to do is look back at family photos and laugh at the outfits and hairdos and remember the stories attached to each one. I want my kids to have the opportunity to look through a family photo album one day and laugh at the photos of their dad all while thinking about how cool and relevant their mom looked (ha!). So more camera time this year, especially at family events. And I’ll even one up this goal by saying I want to PRINT the photos and put them in albums. Does anybody even do that anymore?!
This last 2016 goal was actually a 2015 goal too. And 2014. But this is the year, I feel it! I really want to make *drum roll*… Beef Wellington! That’s it. So simple it’s not even worth elaborating on. For some reason this dish is so intimidating to me that I can’t bring myself to try making it. But I really want to eat it and I don’t want to have to get out of my sweat pants to go to a fancy restaurant to do so. Has anyone made beef wellington before? Comment, message, send me a carrier pigeon with all your beef wellington making tips and help me FINALLY reach this goal!
I leave you with a photo taken on my ACTUAL CAMERA of my daughter who is in the “I want to pick out my own clothes” stage, which usually involves her wearing a shirt over a dress (as shown) or her bathing suit under her clothes. She takes after her dad when it comes to coordinating outfits. I love them both in spite of it.