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Resolutions and Me

 

Happy 2011! I’m still a little shocked that 2010 is over and we’re in January already. And in a bit of denial that I have to go back to the 9-5 on Monday. Between Little Boo getting sick and then our holiday closure, I’ve been off for 2 and a half weeks, and I’m very much getting used to it.

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Lots of my friends have been talking about making New Year’s Resolutions. It is something that I used to do every year. I would even put my resolutions in writing and pin them up by my desk or carry them in my purse to remind myself and (in theory) to keep me on track. But I gave up probably a decade ago. Some resolutions stuck, some didn’t. Some caused too much anxiety when I failed. And I have to say that this is not my best time of year. Once we get past my birthday later this month, I go into a bit of a slump right through February and into March. So it’s not a great time of year for me for motivation and making changes. I mostly just need to focus on soldiering through and getting to the brighter days and warmer weather.

These days my resolutions may be made at any time of the year when I see the need for a change. It’s a bit like how I feel about Valentine’s Day I guess – why wait for one arbitrary day a year to show your love? or to start out on a new path or try a new skill?

In general, I’ve been resolving to be a more patient mother, and a more present friend. I’ve been working on getting out of the house more, networking and learning, both to help me figure out what my next career steps might be, and to create some balance and “me time” in my life. This directly feeds into my ability to become a more patient mother! These are the types of things I expect to continue working on in 2011, but I don’t consider them Resolutions. Just good decisions I made for myself and my family over the past many months.

What about you? Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? And, if you do, could you share some here?
Cheers!