I have mixed feelings about the whole “new year’s resolutions” thing. Is it a natural opportunity to pause and think about what you really want in your life, and then create plans that turn your dreams into reality? Or is it just a pointless exercise in reflecting on what you keep meaning to do but never seem to get to (and likely won’t in the new year, either)?
(Ah, the eternal battle between my inner cynic and optimist. Will it ever be won?)
Let’s assume my inner optimist has taken over and insists I need to start 2014 off fresh. What should I resolve to do? What changes or aspirations are worth setting my mind to?
I asked my working mom friends for some suggestions. I’ll share them with you here — consider this fodder for your clean slate. And here’s to a happy, guilt-free new year!
Spend less time staring at my phone. (Ironically, I am typing this while staring at my phone.)
—Katrina Alcorn, Working Moms Break
Spend less time on Facebook.
—Liz O’Donnell, Hello Ladies
Stay in touch with my oldest friends who live elsewhere. My resolution is to call/email/Skype at least once a quarter.
—Kakki Reynolds Lewis, About: Working Moms
Remember that we are all connected and that our differences matter less than what we can offer each other.
Pay attention to the moment I’m in so that I don’t miss out on the richness of everyday life.
—Diane Sanford, Living Self-Care
My resolution is to get myself and my family outside more. After a difficult pregnancy and a cold winter so far, we have been inside and sedentary more than we should be!
—Jillian Ritter, The Working Parent’s Survival Guide
Get my kids more involved in the day to day operations of the house.
Cooking, tidying up, laundry, etc. Also, start creating weekly meal plans and STICKING to them!
—Stephanie Totty, Froggy & the Mouse
I want to 1. Use all my PTO this year. 2. Get back on track with healthy choices. 3. Blog more. 4. Fill my freezer with great make-a-head meals for the busy days. 5. Get promoted!
—Terry Brooks, Wheels Up Mama
Create an Etsy account and start selling my yarn and jewelry creations!
If I don’t selling them, I’ve been strictly prohibited from buying more yarn.
Start a yoga routine if nothing else to ease my back pain.
Remember to make time to connect with my loved ones and friends on a more regular basis.
—Jennifer-Dallas Blodgett, Working Moms Against Guilt
Make a concerted effort to worry less about things I can’t control.
—Kristi Blust, “C-” Mama
Run a 5k by May.
—Monica Froese, Redefining Mom
To read more. For someone who writes books, I don’t read enough of them. I also want to be more entrepreneurial. I’ve had a ton of opportunities I haven’t fully followed up on—no more holding back!