A Perfectionist's List of Resolutions for the New Year
2. To be grateful and to continue my gratitude journal.
I found I was less envious of others and more appreciative when I wrote in my gratitude journal every few days. Once I stopped writing, I found myself returning to my old ways--wanting more money, a bigger house, a better job...the list goes on and on. Oh, I don't want to give up on particular dreams, but, at the same time, I don't want to forget about all the blessings, both small and big, we've been given as a family.
3. To be a good mother and then a good wife and daughter.
I had a similar New Year's resolution last year, but I gave up the word "best" for "good." If I use the word "best" I'm comparing myself to all the other mothers, wives, and daughters out there. I have to be realistic with myself...I'm not always going to be "the best" mom. I can't always expect to get a gold star of achievement. In fact, during these past few days that I've been sick, I haven't been "the best." How can I when I'm hunched over in pain? My goal is to be a good, patient, and loving mom as much and as often as I can.
4. To practice good health.
Again, I changed my verbiage here. Last year my goal was to lose exactly 20 pounds and to be in stellar health. Well, I have to pat myself on the back for losing weight, but I haven't exactly did my best to eat a well balanced diet, get enough sleep, or follow a regular exercise routine. I can try to do more in this area, but again, realizing that I won't be "stellar."
5. To create a budget we can live with.
Last year, I didn't do well with budgeting at all. I don't think I had one in place, and still, I had unrealistic expectations about how much money I wanted us to save. Instead of saving money, we actually took a lot out of our savings. I have to be thankful that both my husband and I have jobs, but at the same time, I need to plan for life's unexpected moments, so that I don't have a mental breakdown when we need a new transmission, new tires, a new furnace, etc. etc.