New | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Friday, January 01, 2010


I love the New Year.  Just like moving, it offers a fresh perspective and a clean slate in a way that a new day can't.  I look forward to the chance to be introspective, do some soul-searching and make some goals and decisions that will take me further along on the path to a better me.

In previous years, I have chosen a word (2007, 2008).  Last year, I chose a scripture.  In years before that, I did just plain resolutions, sometimes huge lists of them.  Usually huge lists of them, in fact.  I have learned that it doesn't really matter what my word or scripture or resolutions are, I usually only manage to do one thing really well in the year.  This last year it was survive.  I started out really well with the House of God scripture challenge.  But by March we knew we were moving and things all went downhill from there.  Moving is stressful, expensive, emotional, and did I mention that it's stressful?

I feel settled here, although every once in a while something will throw me for a new loop.  I'm ready for this New Year and the opportunity for change it has brought with it.  I'm ready to take the bull by the horns and finally become the person I want to be, even if it's just a little at a time.

So, this year?  I haven't quite decided how to label it.  I suppose if I were doing the one word thing again, my word would be routine.  Yes, unfortunately it all goes back to the organization mountain I am always trying to climb.   I have finally decided that it's okay to let my life be a bit more scheduled, no matter how much I hate it.  No matter how angry I get.  I am doing this for the betterment of my household--my children, my husband and myself.  I will remember that.

So how am I going to do it?  What routine am I going to implement?  I have high hopes, but not high enough to attempt scheduling out my entire year.  So, I found a couple websites to help me out.

The first one is Motivated Moms.  You pay $8.00 ($7.00 for now with the code "giveaway") and download daily lists.  There is a checklist of things that are always done each day, and you can add your own.  Things like laundry, exercise, dishes and reading to your children are already there.  I added reading my scriptures and practicing.  Then, for every day of the year, there is a list of other household jobs.  Usually about 6-7 of them, most fairly quick jobs, a couple a little longer.  I figure if I can get into the rhythm of checking this list off each morning before I do anything else, it will help.  I've taped it up by my computer, so it's right there after I check my email in the morning.

The second website I found is My Simpler Life.  There's lots of information and help there, but I just downloaded the declutter calendars for the year.  Stuff like "Give away some CDs" and "Recycle newspapers and magazines" are here.  Just one easy item per day.  Also hung up next to my computer.

I'm excited.  I realize that I may lose steam by February, but I'm going to give it the old college try.

Oh, and I am also not going to eat sugar at all for 2010.  More on that later.

Happy New Year!


  1. Good luck with all your resolutions! Just remember that the no sugar thing does wonders for your energy level. I tell myself that when I feel tempted.
    Love and miss you!

  2. Wow, I was just finishing eating my third cake ball/pop when I read that you aren't going to be eating sugar this year. Kudos to you!

    And good luck with your organizational resolutions this year. I know it's somewhat difficult for you, but it sounds like you have found some great websites and other things to help you out.

  3. At all? Wow, impressive. I've already blown that out of the water today. :) I did exercise this morning, but I'm sure the calorie intake was way more than what I lost with the exercise.

  4. NO SUGAR!?!?! ALL YEAR!?!?! Good luck!

  5. I love the focus on routine--that's a good one for me, too, to work on! No sugar? I bow down to you! I am working on is VERY difficult.

  6. Sweet resolutions, all!

    My word for 2010 is believe, although I have another more specific writerly goal as well.

    I've thought of going off sugar. Then had to mull on it over a chocolate chip cookie and decided...nah.

    Maybe next year. But you can do it, I know you can! :)

  7. Well I already broke my diet and it's only January 1st!! Good luck, I'll bet you can really do it!

  8. My goals are along the lines of yours with the addition of a goal to be a kinder/more patient/more hands on Mom. My kids need me. I need to be less selfish with my time. I'm off to check out the sites you listed. I really, really, really need some help with decluttering and organization!

    Happy New Year, Friend!

  9. My brain totally skipped over the "no sugar" thing. I had to go back to locate it after I read some comments. I think it's because, to me, it seems impossible!

    I have faith in you and your goals! Good luck, I'm sure I'll need it with mine, too!

  10. I can't believe someone has stolen all my lists and is charging eight bucks a pop for them when, I promise, I will give them away for free!

    I have always been, and will forever be, a list maker. Posted about it, oh, early last year. I'm back on the wagon now and have slightly revamped and reprinted my daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly lists. They are taped to my kitchen cabinet and ready to be attacked with gusto. And to remind anyone in my house with idle time (CPod?) that there really is no such thing. Sadly.

    Always room for improvement, right?

  11. According to my blog, all of my resolutions are nonsense. But in reality, I have two: One, I'm going to stop cutting people off in conversations. And two, I'm going to start sticking to a routine. So your reminder about lists is so timely! Thank you!

    (And good luck with the sugar thing!)

  12. I like the idea of a simple list to check off in the mornings. It sounds almost relaxing instead of intense.

  13. Have you ever checked out It's all about routines...and the same concept as dividing things up over the year. Plus it's free....

    Good luck with everything. I never get resolutions made on the first day of the year...good job!

  14. Happy New Year! Good luck in all you set out to do! You can do it!!!

  15. Congratulations on a great list! I know you can do it, and if you think getting off sugar is important it must be. I can't wait to read how you do it! You Can Do It!

  16. Our theme for the year is Faith, hope and charity. I'm excited for you in every way. I have faith in you Lara you can do it, and I know by doing it, you will receive an assurance it is right, and then the charity will come for you and your family because of what you are doing. You always have been able to see what needs improvement and never afraid to say it. I love you!!

  17. I cannot even hope to accomplish a resolution unless I schedule it; I've only learned that this year about myself and I'm hoping I get better and better at it.

  18. As hard as it can be to maintain or even start a routine, I really think they help life run smoother.

    So, lots of kudos to that goal, I need to polish mine up for my big year ahead of me for sure!