12/27/09: Three years ago I composed a list of resolutions-in-progress. For 2010, as I did a year ago, I am reflecting on the past year and tweaking the original "make the world a better place with Jess" list of goals.
Read at least one book every month. 2009 was a so-so year for this - I joined a book group and occasionally dipped into another book group, so reading is becoming more of a priority again. I find it hard to carve time out in the evening to read because I *also* find so much sustenance in online social networking, watching something with Dan, or working with photos. Maybe my new goal should be to read the book club selection and one other book, every month. And keep current with my subscription to Bitch.
Have at least one outing with a girlfriend per month. As we feel more socially settled, this is an easier one to handle!
Re-lose some of the weight I previously lost. Argh. Goal weight for December 2010: 135 lbs. I did a fabulous job of losing 20+ lbs three years ago and still feel proud of that accomplishment and happy that I kept most of it off through a pregnancy and depressive eating habits! Time to re-commit to healthy eating habits and exercise.
Abdominal rehab! Lose that mummy tummy!
Respect my own sleep needs. Move my bedtime back a little bit each night until I am routinely going to bed at a time that allows me to wake as refreshed as possible.
Make a project list and attack at least one per month, such as the baby books, porch decorating, home reno, photo organization. Productivity is GOOD for my mental health.
Continue to develop photography skills. Start making business plan.
Re-enroll in art classes.
Continue to revisit strategies for handling difficult relationships.
Renew commitment to having a calm and balanced mind. Try get a little more zen and a little more organized every day.Exercise compassion for myself and others.
tending my family
Have at least one date with my husband per month (we didn't quite meet that goal last year).
Continue to work on being a more patient, unconditional, non-punitive parent.
Continue to make organized family meals a priority.
DO MORE with the kids, such as at-home projects, more reading together, more pretend play, taking advantage of local festivals/events, planning one-on-one dates.
Focus on traditions. Too often a holiday goes by and the things I had intended to do, that I truly want to do, go undone. Pick the holidays and traditions that mean the most to me and make them a priority. (December 2009 went wonderfully!)
Get more active with children's classes, PTA, school auctions.
Make more frequent plans with extended family.
tending my home
Attack my craft projects, and either finish them or donate the materials.
Garden planned by late March, spring veggies planted by late April, summer veggies planted by late May.
Tackle housekeeping projects daily. Consider making a daily chore schedule.
Make plans for specific renovations. Priority items: garage, basement, back bedroom. tending the world beyond my doorstep
tending the world beyond my doorstep
Renew commitment to bringing reusable bags on all shopping trips (grocery and other). Attempt to bring home zero plastic bags and as few paper bags as possible. If I forget the cloth bags, use paper, hand-carry, or don't shop.
Reduce acquisition of goods. Use community resources when possible (e.g. libraries). Continue to remind myself and my family of the difference between "want" and "need". For necessary acquisitions, look for reused options (thrift stores, Craigslist) before buying new.
New purchase prioritization: items without packaging, items with reusable packaging, items with recyclable packaging, then (necessary) items with non-recyclable packaging.
Revisit gifting habits. Generate more ideas for non-material gifts. Examine "obligatory gifting" habits and discuss ways to reduce this practice. Develop plan with extended family for thoughtful, meaningful gifting that leaves people feeling good inside without generating lots of unnecessary *stuff*.
Make greater effort to buy locally-produced items from locally owned businesses.
Walk whenever possible. Get a bike and use it.
Be observant of friends' needs; volunteer food, babysitting, etc more frequently.
Practice more random (and non-random) acts of kindness.
Be a better activist. Write letters, call out intolerant or ignorant remarks, find respectful ways to increase awareness of causes.
Organize personal contact information in order to be better connected to friends and family.