With the start of a new season, there's often an urge to make promises to yourself; to strive to accomplish goals you've set awhile ago. Lately, I've been really feeling this. I want to work harder on several things that are important to me. A few big goals, but mostly little ones. Some are things I used to do but have fallen by the wayside. Some are things I've always wanted to do but haven't gotten to. Some are random. Some are predictable. I know I won't get an A+ on this endeavor. But I'm going to try my best. (And be glad the days of getting grades are long behind me.)
Goals for the rest of 2016:
- Send more letters and cards by post.
- Cook more. Mostly whole foods. Don't cave and give the kids things we don't really want them to be eating.
- Spend 10 minutes of focused play time with each of my kids, twice a day. (Read this, and this for more on the topic, plus numerous parenting books!)
- Blog more. At least one post a week. Do the updates/reformatting I've been planning for way too long.
- Create our "family yearbook" of photos for 2015. (Nope, that year is not a typo.) Start the 2016 one.
- Complete the household projects that we've been thinking about forever: new curtains, craft area for kids, laundry room organization, pictures in various spots around the house, the guest room closet...
- Don't plan on exercising during Cameron's naptime. It never works.
- Host a party occasionally. I like parties.
- Plan a new activity/park/outing once a week. I love our neighborhood, but I tend to do the same things and go to the same places all the time. I need to keep expanding my/our horizons.
- Don't drive if I can walk or bike. Unless the weather is really bad. But sometimes, go places I have to drive to.
- Continue to reduce our waste. Don't buy things in packaging if they can be obtained without packaging.
- Minimize screen time before bedtime. Find an alarm clock to replace our phones.
- Complain less. Just address the "problem."