resolutely

January through March [aka winter] is the most difficult time of the year for me.  I’m not a fan of cold weather.  I don’t like the interruption to normal schedules that snow days can bring.  Sure, back when my kids were young and I didn’t work full time, a snow day was a beautiful thing.  Now snowy days mean a bit of a treacherous drive to work and way too many people shopping at Kroger for white bread.

Partly to help me happily navigate the dark season [what I’ve labeled winter], and partly because I think it’s an obviously good idea, I’ve broken down {resolutions/goals/things I wanna try to accomplish} by category and by month.  I’m reading The Happiness Project and though I’ve just completed a few chapters, I’m taking some leads from Gretchen Rubin and tweaking them to fit my life.

I’ve got some things at home that desperately need to be organized.  Perhaps not to the average visitor, but there are some projects that are calling, actually screaming my name, “Organize me, NOW!”  So, I’ve decided to pick one project a month.  I’m being kind to myself, in that I don’t have to list out 12 projects today.  I’m sure some will come about during the year.  But….so far, I’ve got myself through winter, which is the focus time right now anyway:

January
recipe organization [my recipes are a mess, and that’s no way to live]
February
kids’ papers organization, as in all that stuff they bring home from school [yes, even into their senior year of HS]
March
craft supply organization [every couple of years I reorganize…..and alas, it’s needed again]

I’ve decided to also pick one creative.decorating.art project a month.  I greatly enjoy these type of home projects and if I don’t actually record a commitment to do them, years can go by with only good ideas and intentions.  So, here’s my plan so far:

January
art for kids bathroom [the walls are pretty bare in there]
February
frame some of the pictures from the Renoir and van Gogh books I purchased at Half Price Books months ago for this purpose and hang in our kitchen
March
paint our inside doors that face out [this one will take some working up to, as it will take decision making on colors, and will be a rather bold statement for our home]
April
plant flowers in pots outside and make new front door wreath
May
create something to hang on wall in master bath

According to Brene Brown, we all need to take time for creativity.  Even those of us who don’t label ourselves as creative.  I akin it to working out.  I am not an all-star athlete.  I don’t expect to win any races this year or be drafted into the WNBA [does it still exist?], but I still should exercise.  Likewise, whether or not my artwork or crafts or photos or whatever are professional quality, the point is I need to use my creativity.  All too often, I’ve considered this type of activity as a luxury or something to do when all other tasks are complete.  Well, not in 2013.  Creating will become a regular part of my routine.

I also want to set some food goals/personal eating restrictions.  I won’t bore you with those details, but I will say I’m tired of feeling guilty each time I indulge in bottled water [therefore I should stop] and I have not done well in avoiding processed foods.  I need to make my eating rules more of a priority, even if it means skipping eating at a restaurant that all the cool people are going to.

As far as other goals, I’m allowing myself to take it month by month.  I’m interested in human trafficking prevention, but am not sure how to get into it.  I’m interested in helping people who are not literate.  I’m interested in joining a book club.  But I realize I’m not going to have all of these ready to check off on Jan 1.  So……  I’ll keep them on a list and see what comes about.  Oh, I’ll pursue them, but not simply for the sake of accomplishment.

There are also the randoms:

  • visit the Cincinnati Museum of Art at least once [our fam typically does]
  • hike Red River Gorge [haven’t done that in a while]
  • read back through my 2011 Fruit of the Spirit Journal entries
  • send more cards via the USPS [who doesn’t like to receive mail?]
  • email my mother more [she likes this]
  • eat more raw foods
  • avoid Velveeta
  • spend a day at The Abbey of Gethsemani 
  • journal more

I’m looking forward to April and spring and getting my recipes organized.  If you have a good system, let me know, ASAP.

Resolutely yours,
DM

P.S.  Happy New Year!

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