I have a new appreciation for Stay At Home Moms. And an even greater appreciation for Stay At Home Working Moms. It is nearly impossible to get any work done amidst “Color my hand, Mommy!” and Ring-Around-the-Rosie and Barney and Blues Clues and lunch and snacks and the recent development of a LACK of naptime. Needless to say, we’re still getting into a routine.
I know I’m a couple of weeks behind on the whole New Year’s Resolution thing, but I thought it prudent to set a few goals for this (possibly short) season of being at home and having extra time on my hands (though I’m learning that much of that “extra” time is filled with simply being a Mom, which is great…most days). I
1. Read more books.
I am a collector of books – I buy one every time I set foot in a bookstore. Reading them, however, is another story. So my goal is to read all of the books on my bookshelf, and then keep them if they’re good, get rid of them if they’re not. So far I’ve read The Witch of Portobello by Paolo Coelho (which was WEIRD) and am now reading The Things They Carried by Tom (Tim?) O’Brien (I think I read this one in college but I don’t remember finishing it, so I’m trying again :)).
2. Potty training.
I have no idea how to do this, but I know I’m sure ready for Hadley to be done with diapers. I hope she is too. (Anyone have any tips???)
3. Run a Race.
The Fargo Marathon happens to fall on the one weekend in May I am not booked for a wedding, so it seems like a sign. I haven’t decided which race I am aspiring to, but I will run one! I should probably sign up so I actually start running…
4. Own My Choices.
I came to the realization that I’ve been living my life passively. I’m a victim of circumstance, accepting my choices as if I’m incapable of making better ones. Enough of that nonsense.
5. Write More.
Maybe this blog will be the only evidence, but I hope it will go beyond that. Maybe I’ll finally write that book. If nothing else, maybe I’ll write a little something every day and as a result be more sane.
6. Take Pictures for Fun.
It’s interesting how a hobby becoming a job makes it less of a hobby. I’m going to try to take at least one picture every day that is just because.
7. Read a Newspaper.
My sisters and I were just discussing if it makes sense to buy a paper newspaper. You can read almost everything online for free these days, so why pay? But there’s something romantic about sitting at the kitchen table every morning with a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper. So I’m going to give it a try with my new daily subscription to the New York Times. 🙂
8. Get A’s.
I’m currently pursuing my Masters in Nonprofit Management, and I’ve used the excuse that I don’t have time to not really read, study…you know, learn. 🙂 No more.
9. Study My Trade.
I want to be a good photographer, not just for my eye, but for my skill as well. I’m hoping to take some classes, read some books, practice more….get better.
10. Play With Hadley.
It seems so simple, but on top of all of the above, it is easy to find myself staring at a computer screen all day getting frustrated at this adorable two year old of mine who just wants me to come play! The other day it occurred to me – she was being so bratty and suddenly I stopped what I was doing and said, “Let’s play a game!” My naughty baby transformed before my eyes into the sweetest little angel who just wanted some Mommy time. I’m going to try to give her more of that.
So I guess this post was more for me than for you. It seems like writing goals down is the first step to achieving them. So now to get started.