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2012 New Year's Resolutions

January 02, 2012

I've vacillated over whether I should post New Year's Resolutions, since they're usually out the window within the first few weeks of the new year. I failed spectacularly at my 2011 Resolutions, sometimes because they were beyond my control, and other times because having a career and being an involved parent --at least at the level of involvement I want to have-- don't really mesh.

2011 was a bittersweet year. Highlights include Roger landing an amazing new job that he loves, which alone has made a significant difference in his personal and professional outlook. In the last few months, with the help of Roger's dad, we've gotten the door trim and window trim installed in our home, and it looks fantastic. The remodel is progressing! I've been more-off-than-on attending a playgroup for the past year, whenever I can fit it into my schedule, which has been great for Rayah and me. I'm looking forward to more of that group this year! And then lurking in the shadows of the year, in a deep, cavernous pit, is the traumatic and heartbreaking loss we suffered at the end of the year, one that colored all of 2011 for me, one that I'm not sure I'll ever explore on this website.

2012 should bring a lot of change for our little family, change that we expect will make our lives less chaotic, less stressful, more a leap of faith. Below are my Top Three Resolutions for 2012...Let's see how long it takes for me to forget about them:

1. Exercise More. Beginning in February, I'll have a bit more time on my hands. I'd like to spend some of that time exercising, whether it's while pushing Rayah in her stroller, or at the gym while she plays in kidcare. I just want to move more, instead of sitting sedentary behind my computer. Thankfully, this plan will go into action in late February, after all the folks with New Year's Resolutions have forgotten their Number One Resolution. (Losing weight.)

2. Make Better Food Choices. It's not like I cook or eat super unhealthfully (Unhealthfully? Is that a word? Is it unhealthily? Maybe I should make brushing up on the English language another Resolution.) - I avoid red meat, I don't eat much fried food - but I don't eat many vegetables, and I'd like to start. For me, this can be as simple as incorporating one salad each week into our meals (don't judge!), and trolling the internet for more vegetarian menus and recipes. (If you have a tried-and-true cookbook to recommend, please do!)

3. Community Groups. No one can accuse Roger and me of making rash decisions! We "dated" churches for about a year before finding one we liked in our area. Now we're "dating" community groups within that church. We'd love to find a lifegroup where we both feel at home, and I'm pretty sure it will be one of those decisions that just feels right in our gut. Community with a small group of believers in our home church is something that's been missing from our lives, and I'm so excited to join a group and begin building those relationships.

Those are my Top Three. I could go on and on, about changes I want to see to our family, to our home, to our budget; things I want to learn to do, things I want to do with Rayah, but I kind of just want to quit while I'm ahead, and maybe re-visit this list mid-year, to see how I'm doing. That way, I'll only have a 50% chance at failing at a FEW things on my list, rather than a 100% chance of failing at a LOT of things on my list.

Annnndddd...That is how I set myself up for New Year's Resolutions success.



Your post made me smile, cry, and then smile some more. I hope and believe that 2012 will be a year of joy for you and Roger as you both enjoy your dream jobs. And seriously your resolutions look just like mine would if I weren't already plagued with defeat - the first two days of 2012 were not filled with healthy food choices or exercise. But I guess I have 363 more chances to do it better!


Erica, it's a leap year! That means you have 364 more days to make better choices. :)


I think you should add one more to the list: UPDATING your sidebar BLOGROLL! Ha!

And also, this past issue of FOOD is the light issue, so that should help with resolution number 2! Tonight I tried some yummy avocado chicken salad, but it wasn't a hit with the hubs. To his credit though, he ate every bite I served him, even though he didn't like it. Such a trooper that hubs!

I hope you DO keep to your resolutions - I'm hoping to keep to mine too!


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