Time for my yearly look back at how badly I failed at my resolutions for the past year. Not being negative, just realistic. 😉 I set the bar low this past year, knowing that I would have some major changes in my life; I did not set the bar quite low enough, though.
First up was to blog more. 59 posts published in 2014 compared to 45 posts published in 2013. I would say that this resolution was a success I set the bar pretty low on this one, but it was an achievable goal. Having 2 kids has really made it difficult to find time to write coherently; nap time is usually reserved for laundry, cleaning, and coffee. This year, I also feel like I had much less to say in general. So much of my day is taken up with the small difficulties of being a mom that I don’t have anything to say outside of that.
Technically, we did this one, but not as well as I was hoping to. Once R was here, it was much more difficult to sit down for a meal than I expected. Now that things are getting into more of a routine, we end up feeding the kids together around 5 pm and J and I eat together after the kids go to bed. One or both of us always sit with the kids while they eat so I am going to count that as a family meal. I hope that with R eating more solid food, we can get better with this as the new year evolves.
Christmas thank you notes are still pending, but I actually did this one. I wrote thank you notes for L’s birthday gifts and for the baby shower gifts that I received for R. I am also in the process of writing them for all of the Christmas gifts we received. I did miss on writing them for my birthday, but that just gives me room for improvement for next year.
This is one that I was able to do as well, but not as much as I was hoping to. I read 3 old books for every new book that I bought, but I did not hit the 5 old books per 1 new book that I was aiming for. Over the past year, I have become addicted to my Nook. I now do not like reading paper books if I can help it. As much as I would like to keep reading paper books, if only for the vintage appeal of it, I cannot ignore the benefits of eReaders any longer. Light included with the book, not as heavy as a real book, easier to hold, and much easier to find the next book in a series (and way too easy to buy a new book with the click of a button).
I failed abysmally at this goal. I will use the excuse of having a new baby in the house as my reason for not going to new places. We did go to quite a few places, which were new to R, but not many were new to all of us. The few new places we went to were
- San Jose Ramen Festival
- Parts of Las Vegas – namely some very nice resteraunts
- L went to Tatum’s Garden with his grandparents
- L and R went to San Francisco for the first time for my 4th Trimester Bodies photo shoot
So, in the end, I would say that I made a solid B effort on completing the resolutions. I am hoping too either set the bar lower this next year or to make an A+ effort towards getting the resolutions completed. Considering how much I already have on my plate, I think I will be setting the bar very, very low.