Last year, I decided to make easy to achieve New Year's Resolutions. Because, it seemed like the harder they were, the more likely I was to break them. Or just conveniently forget about them, depending on what they were.
Last year's were centered around things that made me happy and I think I did a fairly good job keeping up with them. I even let the boys use glitter and Play-Doh more than once over the last twelve months. And, now that they're all in school the opportunity to make messes are greater than ever. The only difference is that it isn't me that lies awake all night long wondering if I really got every last smear of craft paint out of that old sheet full of holes!
So, this year I'm vowing to keep it as simple and as uncomplicated as possible.
There's a lot that comes with that. Like choosing not to over-think and over-analyze every situation that happens to cross my path. And that's not easy for me. I worry about every possible angle and scenario and then end up going with my gut reaction anyway. It is a waste of time and completely not necessary and so hopefully I can kick that bad habit to the curb in 2013.
I promise to do what makes me happy. I will not feel bad if I can't volunteer. I won't feel guilty for saying no. I will not spend time around people I don't enjoy, just for the sake of being "nice." And hopefully I will learn that being that way doesn't make me a bad person just because a handful of people say it does.
I promise to broaden my horizons. I will watch new things. I will read material outside of my normal box. I will learn to enjoy Chris Elliot even though I'm not sure I can make it through Mr. BFG's Get A Life marathon (thanks a bunch Amazon).
I will work my way up to a bike race this year and I will embrace and accept my body. Even though it's starting to look like an old, worn whoopie cushion. I promise to stop putting myself down, because I am pretty much amazing just the way I am right now.
And that's it. Well...not IT, but you know what I mean. See? Simple. Uncomplicated. I think I'm good to go.
Here's to great friends, new beginnings, and an awesome 2013!