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!