Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is treating you well. 2012 was, without a doubt, the most transformative year of my life.

Since it seems that bloggers are into posting resolutions, here are mine:

1. Get electronically organized. I need help with everything from online bill payment to managing my work and social calendars. The blog could use some reorganization and a fresh design. I'm not going to promise to publish blog posts with a specific frequency, but I am going to promise myself that I'll get all of our electronic accounts in order (as in, not forgetting the passwords) and I'll make sure our electronic files are up-to-date and backed up this year.

2. Ask for help. Left to my own devices I can spend an entire day off work nursing the baby, cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. And in the end I'm still not "finished". I'm hesitant to ask for or accept help with household chores. This year I'm planning to hire out some of our housework and to allow people to help me. I also want to become more comfortable with imperfection. If I have to order pizza because I don't feel like cooking from scratch, I'm doing it. If I don't take down the Christmas tree until mid-January (ahem) I'm not going to feel ashamed and guilty. One step I've already taken is shopping online  for household items and baby stuff (mostly through Amazon Prime) and skipping the long lines, wasted gas, and mediocre selection in stores. I'm saving both time and money and I feel like I'm on the right track.

3. Relax. I admit that I spend so much time worrying about the future that I forget to enjoy today. Whether it's dreaming of a new house, a better job, or what life will be like once we accomplish XYZ, it's stressful always worrying about what's next. I'm here today and I'm with my family. That's going to have to be enough for me for now.

I feel that all of these resolutions are interconnected. I know that if I keep these things in mind I'll be a better wife and mom (and a better employee, too).

What are you working on for 2013?


  1. I suggested hiring out for cleaning help too to Kleber. We just live very crazy lives and honestly, it's so hard to keep our house (in comparison to our apartment) nice and dust free. He's not convinced yet, but I'm holding out hope because something's got to give. Unfortunately, you can't always do it all.

  2. Asking for help is hard sometimes..happy new year!

  3. These are wonderful "resolutions"! I especially love 3. Since having a baby changes everything, it is so important to just back in the glow and be in the present. Something I am trying to learn to do!

  4. Haha! The hubby is finally take down the tree tomorrow...I think. I feel you on all of the above. I've learned to not feel bad when I don't feel like cooking or to ask for help when I need it. Things are getting easier as the girls get older though...


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