I'm not really one for New Year's resolutions. I feel like they are just a way to set myself up for failure, to focus on the things that are not right in my life, or areas of unhappiness that need correcting. To be honest, 2014 was a really good year. I feel like we made it out of the first year of being parents and kinda sorta got our schedules down, our routines solidified. It was a really great year, work-wise, for both Shaun and me. He settled into his new job and I continued to find happiness in my job of 5+ years. I also traveled a lot.
It was a hard year in that being a Mom - and a working Mom at that - is really, really hard. Being a Mom is truly awesome and I love Penelope more than life itself, but it's not always easy. There is no off button, no pause, no mute. Sometimes I think back to life before I was a Mom and it sounds so easy and carefree (though I know that I did not think so at the time). Now I have more on my plate, but it's a fuller life, for sure.
In any event, I'm not doing the whole New Year's resolutions thing because I hate everything about it. I do, however, have things that I'm really excited about for 2015 and things that I plan to incorporate into my life.
Wear nice pajamas.
Shaun got me a really nice pair of pajamas from J Crew for Christmas and as soon as I put them on, I wondered why all of my pajamas aren't like these. These are cozy enough to never want to change out of, yet beautiful enough to feel great in. In 2015, I plan to fill my pajama drawer with grown-up pj's that I enjoy wearing...and to wear less t-shirt and oversized yoga pant combos.
Go to the park as much as possible.
This is actually one of my most favorite family activities. Whenever it's warm enough, and we have a free hour or so on the weekends, we've been heading to the park. Penelope is big enough to go on the jungle gyms and down the slides and with both Shaun and I there, one of us can take her up to the top of the bigger slides while the other waits for her at the bottom. There's a gorgeous park near her pediatrician's office, which is just a short car ride away. Shaun and I enjoy some really delicious Stumptown coffee while P swings and slides away. It's just a great, easy, and free family activity that I want to partake in as much as possible this year.
I feel like all I do on here is complain about how busy we are and how we are always on the go-go-go. This year I want to start saying no to things. I want to have free weekends with nothing to do. I think in the last 3 months, we only had a handful of weekend days like that and they were glorious. I'm thankful to have family and friends and lots of things to do...but the days when we can just rest and relax are so needed for my mental health.
Finally watch The Wire.
It's no secret that we are TV addicts and supposedly The Wire is the best television series ever. Shaun and I gave it a shot a few years ago and just couldn't get into it, but I think we are ready to give it another try. It feels weird that we are missing out on what it's supposed to be truly great television. I'll let you know how it goes.
Do some blog updating.
I've contemplated switching platforms for some time now. I currently use Squarespace and I've been mostly happy with it, but it doesn't offer some basic functions that I really feel like I'm missing (like the ability to respond to comments!). I can upgrade to a newer version, however that involves exporting my entire blog which just makes me feel very nervous and out of control --->not good for a control freak such as myself. But, after 5 years on this platform and this design, well, I might be ready to do a little updating :)
So that's what I'm looking forward to in 2015. That and lots more travel, a few friend weddings, my sister's wedding (!!), Aruba, celebrating a certain someone's 2nd birthday and many more exciting things I'm sure! Here's to a great 2015!
Do you make New Year's resolutions? Do you keep them?
What are your hopes for 2015?