In reviewing my last year’s resolutions, I’ve revised this year’s intentions.

  1. Finish my damn book – My goal for this year is to get this project completed and readable. The project started as a lark ten years ago, and now I’ve done so much meddling with it, I just need to finish it once and for all.
  2. Find a way to learn to love carrots (or at least sneak them into my diet) – Beyond the fact that they’re supposedly good for you, I’m hoping to improve my crappy eyesight, and possibly set a good example for my son.
  3. Continue trend of getting to the gym at least once a week – This is just a matter of keeping up with what I’m already doing. Luckily, my husband has been incredibly supportive of my efforts and hopefully can continue to give me this time.
  4. Do yoga at least twice a week – This is another one I just have to keep doing what I’m doing. While it’s almost impossible for me to do every day, I’m finding more and more opportunities to try it out a few times a week. A good stretch does me wonders.
  5. Wean myself from Red Bull – This is going to be a tough one, because I fucking love Red Bull. But I’ve noticed that it makes me shaky and I can probably lose that habit for some green tea. At least that’s my hope.
  6. Eat those Maryland Blue Crabs, baby! – This year WILL be better! You hear that Chesapeake Bay?! I’m coming for ya!
  7. Get horseback riding, already! – Yeah, this needs to happen. Seriously.
  8. Make bread once a week – Here’s another opportunity to ramp up existing production. I’ve got to get better at making it happen.
  9. Golf with my husband once a month in spring/summer/fall (weather permitting) – This is one thing I’ve got to make time for. My husband really enjoys the sport and I’ve got to find time to fall back in love with it.
  10. Take more pictures – My love of photography has waxed and waned over the years. With my son here, I’m definitely taking more pictures. However, I need to get back out there and find ways to fall in love with my camera and post more images for Foto Friday!

Extra credit:

  • Let go of “I told you so!” and “My way or the highway” mentality. I find myself being the Bossy Betty I loathe so much. This has to be toned down so the people in my life can stand to be around me.
  • Make time for “us.” This should be a no-brainer, but anyone with kids can tell you how easily one foregoes their relationship in lieu of the family unit. My husband and I were partners long before my son came along, and each day we get together is a blessing. I need to remember this and be the woman that he loves, not just the mother to his child.
  • Focus on positivity, love and patience – happiness will follow. In other words, get my shit together. I’m trying hard to learn these aspects of my life and each day gets a little better. I need to make some changes, and hopefully the new year brings new opportunities with it. 
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. I used to hate when people told me this, because it minimized my emotions. I see the truth of it now, however. I’m working each day to let go of the things I cannot control.
  • Enjoy the moment, in the moment. This is the hardest one, but the most important I think. If I could step out of my headspace for a few minutes in a new experience, I think it would go a long way to making both my life and the people who I share it with that much happier.