2015 Resolutions

As I sipped on some champagne and listened to my friends count down to the New Year (J and I were outside with our mini pyromaniac) on New Year's Eve, I already knew what my resolutions would be.  So to help keep me accountable, here they are.

1.  FOCUS.   
In 2014 I felt like I wasn't as focused as I should have been in a few areas.  Most of the year was spent trying not to lose my mind as we built our house.  Building a house is no easy task. It's lots of site visits (that I did on my way home from work).  Lots of status update phone calls. Lots of meetings.  Lots of hair pulling because something would inevitably go wrong.  I spent most of my time, worrying about what screw up I would find when I went to visit the house. The mistakes were so frequent that J had to stop visiting the house. But now that we're finally in the house, I can hopefully relax and focus on work again.

I was so caught up and frustrated with the building process that I didn't really get to focus on work or Nathan. So this year, I plan to be more focused at work and to pay more attention to Nathan.  The lack of attention and focus on him was probably the reason for  my next resolution.

I'll admit it.  I have a short fuse.  I'm not a patient person.  And if I told you that I never lose my temper, I'd be lying.  Having a temper is very problematic since I'm the mom to an overly sensitive little guy.  I usually can't handle some of Nathan's antics or whining demands for very long before I just lose my temper.  J on the other hand is the ying to my yang and is by far, the more patient of the two of us.  My relationship with Nathan has suffered. He definitely prefers J over me these days. Which given the roller coaster year we've had, I totally get.   This year I was really stressed and would constantly be yelling at Nathan not to do this, that or the other.  His attitude really changed this year and he declared he hated the house.  Can't say I blame him because J and I were usually yelling (not at Nathan) most times we went out to check on the house.  Looking back at 2014, I can't help but have flashbacks to how my mom would blow a gasket anytime I was being difficult.  Then I have to remind myself that I NEVER want to be like that.  I'm hoping that now that we're all moved in, things and me will calm down.  Deep breaths.

That seems really silly to type out but my parenting strengths are taking Nathan out on adventures, exposing him to new experieinces, the arts, being silly.  J's parenting strengths are playing.  J and Nathan play like I used to play with Barbies.  The imaginary play.  Since I am not too familiar with most of toys that J and Nathan play with, I really have no idea how to play with him. The only playing I seem to be able to do with him is when it involves building with Legos, Mega Blocks or Magnatiles.  Football, cars and Transformers (including J's childhood collection) is J's realm.  So I am usually forbidden by a 'No Mom's Allowed' sign on Nathan's door when Nathan decides he wants play these things with Daddy.  For now, I'm surviving playtime by suggesting we build some structure with his Magnatiles and that he smash said structure with his monster trucks.  He's very into smashing things these days.  I guess I need to break out the ear plugs.  

Nathan's "No Mommy Allowed" sign.

Yes.  I'm sure you've read that on every blog in the blogosphere already.  So just add me to the list.   One of the things that I would like to focus on is skincare.  I'm no spring chicken anymore and it's only a matter of time before my skin starts to show it.  So I'm hoping to start a anti-aging skin routine. Now if only I could figure out which products to use.  Any suggestions?

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I guess I could always go back to using my Glytone face wash.  I just don't think the Philosphy Purity I'm using is cutting it.  

I also plan to cook more at home.  While living in the apartment, we pretty much ate out all the time. Which wasn't good for our waistlines, our health or our pocketbook.  I always feel better when I know what is in my food.  So cooking at home will help me ensure that we're eating some good stuff every now and then.  We also live farther out from most of our normal eats, so it takes a longer time to get anywhere. I just hate wasting time sitting in the car to go get food when we could be doing something else.  So cooking at home will become a necessity for our health, time management and hopefully once I get the hang of meal planning, save us some money.  The crock pot is going to become my new BFF.  That next to wine.  Lots of wine.  

Do I even need to go into details as to why I need to shop less?  Ha.  Our new mortgage payment will take some getting used to.  We downgraded on a lot of other things in order to be able to get what we're pretty sure will be our forever home.  Or until Nathan is in college because the school district was pretty much the main reason we moved.  So until we get used to our new mortgage payment, I probably need to stop shopping for a while.  Let the shopping freeze begin!

There you have it folks.  My 2015 Ney Year's resolutions.  Should be easy enough.  Ha.  Did ya'll notice that by month three (or was it month two) that I stopped doing Resolution Check-ins?  Yeah. Hopefully I'll be able to stick to these a little better than I did back in 2013.  Do ya'll have any New Year's resolutions this year?

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I'm a 36 year old full-time student, runner and shopaholic (not necessarily in that order) mom living in the burbs surrounding the beautiful city of Austin with my husband, our very active 9 year old and our rescue dog Buddy. This blog is my little space of the internet where I let my ADD run loose and I blog about...anything.



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