Happy 2016! I hope you experienced an abundance of both comfort and joy over the past couple of weeks, and while I hope you’re feeling refreshed, I also hope you don’t take your resolution setting and back to working too seriously. We need to ease into these things.
I approach resolutions differently every year. Some years I make them, some years I ignore the tradition completely, but most years I use them as a chance to take stock of what I would like to change, without setting unreachable goals. When I look back at the past couple of years, and what I have been struggling with, nearly every problem comes down to not getting enough rest. It hasn’t really been up to me. I had two babies in two years, the second of whom thought sleeping was for chumps until he finally realized the joys of a full night’s snooze at the ripe old age of 16 months. I work full time, my husband works more than full time, and in 2014, well, let’s just say there was little chance for relaxation. 2015 was a big year of recovery for us. I won’t say we are recovered, but we’ve settled back into our lives. We have routines; our kids are no longer babies. Things are as calm as they are likely to get, and so I want to harness this time to get my life back on track.
Since I’ve become a mother, so many things have slipped. Totally normal, I know, but there are some things I would like to see happen again. Like, eating healthy food, and going to the gym, and showering every day. I know if I can start properly caring for myself again, it will be the best thing for my family and for work. As I was taking stock I really realized that none of those things will happen if I keep staying up so late. So, my resolution is to sleep more. To go to bed at a reasonable hour. To take some time to sit on the couch on the weekends. If I can manage that, the gym and the vegetables and work (and keeping up with a lot more MelTown!) will all seem surmountable. I’m not wired that way. I would stay up all night and sleep all day if I could, but I’m hoping with a little practice I can ease into this new habit.
Oh yeah, and no more wine. At least for a while. Ugh.
Wishing you a calm and slightly boring year!