You know all of those plans and resolutions that you think about as the old year is coming to a close and the next year looms ahead????
Well, just like most people, I had been having those thoughts: as soon as all that Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday business is passed and the college students return to school.......the rest of us can get our life back under control........right? Right.
Sounded like a good idea......till I came down with that nasty influenza on January 4th .......H1N1.....I am pretty sure........because though I was not tested....I was a poster child for the symptoms. Ugh. I was knocked out for four days, sleeping about 22 hours each 24. During that time, in some of my more lucid moments, I realized that I had to let go of my plans for improving my life in the first month of the year. Recalling the one other time that I had the flu.......it was one week on the couch 100% and a second week with mostly 50% couch-time. And then more weeks of recovery for my asthmatic lungs. I knew I would not have the energy or stamina to make any fresh starts in the month of January, a month that also would have dental trauma included. As of exactly three weeks from the day I came down with the flu, I finally feel about 75%.
So while I lay ill, I made a resolution to start my own new year resolutions in February.
My resolutions are.......
- To spend at least an hour a day homeschooling my youngest on the days I am off from work; at least half an hour on the days when I am off, but do not feel well.....which sometimes happens as I recover from one or two 14 hour shifts. I was going to set up a "Morning Basket" style, and (now that I have heard the term) "Loop Scheduling".....something I used to do with our morning basket way back when my olders were littles.........it has a name now! :) I had put together this "plan" for him last August.....but barely touched on it.....this will be my resource for my basket.
- To regain my momentum with my mostly daily walking.....no less than four miles on my days off from work.
- To attend at least two classes at the gym per week.
- To utilize my typical eating patterns for those times when I am trying to get fit. Still trying to get rid of the Hawaii weight gain from last summer.....after I had lost some weight.
- To improve my prayer life with some daily reading for meditation---at least 3-4 times per week.
- To try to do Flylady's Zones this year. In addition to the Morning and Evening Routines (that I get to most of the time) I have been on and off with Flylady since she started her email list and had less than 100 people on it. So, yeah.....waaaay back when. I went off of her email list because I had things well under control after a year or so......but I have come back just for the inspiration....and since I have barely any control over stuff .....now I have lost so many of my chore-doers in the last year. I really need to reorganize our plans. The people who still live in my house are so dang busy......that it is hard for everyone to keep up. I am great at organizing. Lousy at maintaining a schedule. Thankfully, my clutter is not too bad....it is just the day-to-day up-keep I mostly need to take care of.....oh, and a bunch of paper clutter. And computers to declutter. And......and....and......okay. There is some clutter, in some of the rooms, but it is not hoard-like. ;)
- Figure to how to get my charting done at work in a timely manner so I have less overtime. Our computer system is horrid. Just simply horrid. It has ruined our lives at work. Nobody is happy anymore......there is so much grumbling. I am a naturally cheerful person and this job is much too challenging and stressful for me to remain my cheerful self. Ugh. So, I am trying to figure out some methods for making the days less awful related to charting. I have some ideas. Please pray for them to work........sigh.
Not sure if I am missing any...........I got spiritual life, health and fitness, home organization, work and homeschooling covered. I try to stay simple and basic each year. Less chance of failure that way. I will add anything if it comes to mind later.
I just had an interesting realization: here I am, turning fifty years old in April.....making the same New year's resolutions as usual........and yet, I am not needing to turn to any new tricks......I am just planning to regroup and do what has worked for me in the past. I am so excited to realize I do not need to teach an old dog any new tricks. :)
Happy New Year Blessings,