It is that time of year again. Time for me to look at how well I did on my resolutions for 2015 and think about my resolutions for the upcoming year. I think I did pretty good considering all of the major changes and challenges that came up unexpectedly during the year. Working again has really changed my priorities for resolutions and I am expecting my list for next year to me very different.
Well, I guess I can say that this one was a partial success. We de-cluttered a lot during our cross-country move, but not as much as I would like. Getting a job has greatly reduced the number of “clutter activities” that I have time for; like doing dishes, making cookies, or watching TV. I feel good about the progress that I have made towards this goal, but I could have done a lot more.
This one is going into the FAIL box. I started off the year good, working on cooking more and having more veggies, but then I went back to work. Working again has messed up our whole family schedule and we haven’t recovered yet.
Another resolution that was working out great until I went back to work. I was making cookies on a regular basis and sending them to J’s office (much to the delight of his coworkers), but with a new schedule comes less time to bake. Point in fact, I made cookies for Santa but only got 1/4 of them frosted due to being hit with a stomach bug the next day. So I have 4 dozen unfrosted sugar cookies in the freezer right now and zero motivation to finish them at the moment.
This is another resolution that I will count as half complete. While I now have less time to play, I am more present and willing to stop cleaning when I have the chance. Playing Legos is ALWAYS better than folding laundry!
I can’t really say that this one has been successful, but I also cannot say that it has failed. I spent the first half of the year staying home with the kids, making items for my shop, making cookies, and other fun projects. The second half of the year I have been making holiday cards for my friends, making items not to sell, but for myself, and working full time and using my science skills that were underutilized previously. There is just not enough hours in the day to do what I want and what I need to. I think the biggest drain of joy in my life is the stage that the kids are in right now. I find that I do not have the patience, nor the grace, to deal with potty training, the effing fours, and the terrible twos all at once. Parenting is hard. (If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend reading All Joy and No Fun.) The kids are also the biggest source of joy in my life, so it is quite a conundrum in my daily life.