I'm always a bit taken by surprise when a month or year is suddenly gone and I'm left feeling totally unprepared for the next one. Suddenly, it's 2013 and I haven't even evaluated the past year, let alone figured out new goals for the next year. It isn't as though I didn't know it was coming, it's just that I get so busy, I lose sight of what day or year it is. We ease into it in November; my husband's birthday and then Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday (food and family, what else is there?) Then I remember that the advent is coming up, thank goodness we had an extra week this year. Throw some college finals in for my husband with my late night sewing projects. I cancelled several because I wanted to enjoy Christmas Eve this year. I guess the kids will get super hero capes for Valentine's Day. We don't get to relax after Christmas though, because my son has a birthday two days later. Then, suddenly, it's a new year and I'm sitting here with blurry eyes and laundry piled all around me. The kids are all fighting off various sicknesses and ailments that pop up when running with cousins, staying up late and getting up early, not to mention getting soaked in the snow at least twice a day, so it was early to bed tonight.
Now that the house is quiet and the dishes are done, I'm letting myself think a bit about what I would like to work on to make this year better than the last. I saw this little quote on facebook and thought it fit me so well.
So far I've come up with 3 things:
1. Early to bed. I am a natural night owl, just like my mom and my sisters. I am energetic late at night and I can get so much done after the kids are down for the night, but the kids get up early, or at least too early for me to get enough sleep, so I drag myself through another morning, most likely resembling a grouchy bear coming out of hibernation. I can't make the kids sleep longer (I've tried keeping them up later. They still wake up at the same time, only grumpier.) but I can go to bed earlier, so I'm going to try. Perhaps 2013 will be the year of cheerful mornings.
2. Meal plan. I shouldn't need this as a goal, but I have fallen off the wagon and into the trap of throwing something together at the last minute. It causes me stress and it causes us to eat the same meals over and over. Tonight we again had hot ham and cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. This is in rotation with spaghetti and homemade pizza. Along with this goal, I want to bake bread more often. I kind of stopped for a while when we discovered a cheap bread outlet, but when it closed down (keep your twinkie, I want my cheap bread back) bread became expensive again.
3. While my forgetful self will be writing 2012 for the next few months, my brain has a tendency to live in the future. I have so many plans and hopes for my family, and we're getting closer to them, but I tend to spend too much time wishing I was in my "someday" instead of paying attention to now. It's going to be a crazy year, with at least one move, but possibly more, depending on job situations. I want to fully enjoy the area and friends that I have here and now before I move on to the next. I'm sure when the stress mounts, you'll find me sketching out my dream homestead, but until I am living there I hope to keep it to a minimum.
I hope this year brings you optimism and happiness. What goals or resolutions have you set this year?