I haven't made any resolutions for the past few years. Frankly, it's because I knew that I would gravitate toward my old/typical behaviors and then have to justify them. But I guess there is nothing wrong with that, and I should just be kind to myself while still looking toward the future. Better to try than not!
I have high hopes for 2016, mostly because 2015 was basically titled "The Year I Did Not Sleep," and with any luck, things can only improve. (Right??!)
2016 Resolutions (Goals?)
1. Give more compliments
I feel this requires no explanation -- makes everyone happier, the world a more positive place. Positivity sounds cheezy, but in a world full of otherwise, it is needed. I suck at this, so any conscious effort will be quantifiable -- for now, I will arbitrarily target 5 per week.
2. Complete a round of Focus T-25
This is a stretch-goal that I debated putting on here. I bought these DVDs two years ago and have tried to complete the program two distinct times, only to stop in the first two weeks. As it stands, I have trouble committing to anything that requires full weekday participation! A few months back, I did a 30-Day Squat Challenge and am currently finishing up another one (entry to come later!), but this is another level for some reason.
3. Clean out my closet/overhaul wardrobe
Maybe this isn't "resolution"-worthy, but I am hoping that tackling this will result in me dressing better in the upcoming year. There are quite a few things that don't really fit well, and maybe it's because they didn't fit well before I had a baby. Outside of that, I only wear a small percentage of stuff I've been saving for waaaaay too long and need to purge... not good when you share a small closet with your husband. I think I need to get rid of/replace about 25%.
4. Donate blood
I almost did this last month, since I knew the pressure of producing milk was definitely on the decline with Baby Tuesday reaching a year old. However, the time change and teething caused a period of pretty awful exhaustion, so I tabled it. I'm going to guess this will be something for later in the year.
5. Read a book (or more) per month
Mark Zuckerberg (who read a book a week, something I only might have been able to do pre-baby) I am not. I definitely read more than 12 books this past year, though I'm terrible at keeping track. For 2016, I want to be realistic and just keep reading. I have been struggling with the cadence due to work and staying on top of Overdrive, so I'm giving myself permission to make more purchases of the books I really want to read.
Edit: I am going to attempt to study for a certification in 2016, so I'm going to "allow" the study materials to count as one of the books
Yep, this one made it on here, even though I don't foresee a lot of extra time opening up toward this purpose, but I'm up for the challenge. I'm aiming to lose those last 5-ish pregnancy pounds (I somehow lost a few pounds in the month prior to this, probably due to a sudden drop in appetite I didn't expect), which I'm hoping will not be as hard as it seems when (hopefully!) I have more energy and the baby-feeding situation changes. On that, I don't have a timetable for complete weaning, as since we passed the 1-year mark, there have been periods of thinking it will happen and then not, so I'm mostly just going with the flow. Honestly, I don't think this impacts my efforts much, less so than, say avoiding muffins, general overeating, and staying consistent with exercise even if I can't spend a lot of time on it.
7. Focus on relationship with husband
I think I only have one photo with just us two from 2015. Now, I admit I am not the best at documenting stuff, but that is kind of... telling. "The Ukrainian" and I went on maybe four dates the entire first year, which were mostly rushed lunches while I was working from home. Frankly, I have been too sleepy to actually enjoy being out. We try to keep each other updated on life (mostly work, blah) at home while we are with the baby, but it is usually very much out of focus. In addition, with things as crazy (and hormonal) as they have been, I have not always been the best to be around, particularly to him. I am hoping things get easier, and I will be more pleasant -- mostly! It is easy to get wrapped up with the baby, but we need to role model a good relationship, too! So that means... more fun and getting my camera ready!
So I do realize that running did not get mentioned in these. I don't expect there won't be running, though at the moment, I don't have a measureable goal for it. I definitely want to get back out there in some capacity, though!