You might get the impression reading this blog that I'm an overachiever or something. And I am, but only in certain areas. If it's something I enjoy (say knitting) or something of core importance to me (such as parenting), I can be obsessive with the researching and collecting of well, everything... My book and yarn collections are a testament to that.
When it comes to the day-to-day stuff, I am chronically undisciplined. I can be a real slacker.
My point: I suck at New Years Resolutions.
I'm annoyed when January rolls around again and I'm much in the same place. It feels like I'm always trying to get my act together in the same areas. So this year, I do want to continue to work on some things... Mainly time-management and the related self-discipline... But I am not going to post out any resolutions.
Instead, I wrote a list of things I am glad I worked on in 2010:
* Assuming Positive Intent - I have been working on this a lot. I am consciously trying to assume the best of intentions from my kids, my husband, my friends... Only God sees the heart and it is not for me to be judgemental (and resentful). I could go on and on and will likely write another post on this...
* Being more Kind and Gentle - I can be snarky and too sarcastic sometimes. Along with assuming positive intent, I have been trying to be more kind and gentle to those around me, especially my children. I have been exploring "gentle discipline" this year and it is working for us. I have been trying to really embrace that Golden Rule thing. And you know what? The more I try to cultivate gentleness, the more content I am and the more I enjoy my kids.
* Getting Out - Getting the kids out of the house at least a few times a week has been a welcome change in our life. I am an introvert and a homebody so this has been an effort. The summer was filled with trips to the beach and taking the oldest to VBS. Even a short walk to the park can change the day. And if we have to go to the grocery store I make sure I have plenty of snacks, toys and do it at a time when we won't be rushed or tired. Revolutionary.
* Celebrations - I really enjoyed planning and executing the boys' birthday parties and other parties this year!
Ok, I feel like less of a slacker now. :) Now for those dishes...
What did you accomplish this year? Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it! :)
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