Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

I was just thinking the other day about how the last couple of years, New Year's resolutions have actually worked for me. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. The only problem is that now, when I think of something I could improve I just plan on making it a resolution next year, as if it were impossible to start doing things better in the middle of the year. Still, I think a year is a good amount of time to make something a habit that will last when I start working on something else.
For instance, this year my new year's resolutions were:
Do as many dishes as possible while cooking dinner rather than taking advantage of the fact I have the amazing kind of husband that does the dishes when I cook. Last year I would get everything cooking and then sit down to veg until Kevin came home. This year I get everything cooking and then clean up before Kevin comes home. Sometimes I don't get any cleanup done because things come up (namely children), but this year I have not once sat down to watch TV or read for pleasure before cleaning up everything I could before the meal.
Teach Alena one primary song per month. This one is much easier than it sounds. All I do is choose a song I want to teach her, and then sing that whenever I feel like singing, and a few times a week as a lullaby. I lost focus in August and I'm not sure she learned a song, but I'm back on board for September with Love One Another.
Be able to to 20 pushups. At the beginning of the year I could do no pushups at all. Granted, at the beginning of the year I was 9 months pregnant. Then after the birth, I could still do zero pushups. Not even any girly ones. Then I started doing some circuit training to strengthen my arms and my arms hurt so much that I had to bite my lip to keep from crying while having to hold that little baby while nursing all day and night. So I gave it a rest. I started working on it again a few weeks ago and I did 12 girly pushups this morning and my form is getting a bit better. I think I might make it if I keep doing a core/push up workout 3 times a week like I have been.
Limit myself to 2 hours of internet per day. Regrettably this one never really took shape. I use the internet to entertain Alena and myself while nursing, since Reasor doesn't allow for the reading of books while he eats. So we'll give it another shot when I haven't got a little nurser.
Next year I've already got planned to start making my bed. That one will also work better when I haven't got a little nurser, which will most likely happen early next year. I'm also going to learn to play all of the songs in the Children's songbook. I've actually already started this one, but not with any sort of schedule, which means the goal will not be met until....ever. So I'll start a scheduled thing next year. I don't just want to play them with all the right notes, I want to learn to play the piano with my fingers curved and paying attention to the fingering suggested and such. I want to play the piano like I never thought was important.
Does anyone have any resolutions they want to share with me so I can perhaps copy ones that work well?

7 Comments:

Blogger Kevin said...

Wow! I'm so glad I married someone who has the desire to improve and who meets her goals. It also makes me happy that you're working on curving your fingers. Mrs. Wiebe would be proud.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous linda said...

hiya. i did a google blog search about new year's resolutions because i was curious how everyone else was doing on theirs. i just posted my progress. i'm doing "okay"

i love your first resolution. i do that when i cook :) helps you enjoy your actual meal and not fret about the looming dishes. i especially like putting meals in oven because that's usually enough time to do ALL the unused dishes.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I am inspired by your resolutions. I think they work because they are specific. I'm going to try the one primary song a month one with Margo. Do I have any that worked with me? This is sad... no. You've inspired me though, so maybe next year.

7:06 AM  
Blogger Erin Gibbons said...

I think you have "primary pianist" coming in your future :) (We just spent all summer trying to find someone for that calling in our ward, here I thought almost everyone in the Church but me played the piano!)

11:01 PM  
Blogger Lisa Marie said...

Wow Talyn! I am so impressed. And you resolutions are very unique...mostly people are always like "lose 10 pounds." So here are my resolutions. Some I have achieved, others a work in progress. Some I have totally abandoned...
1. Run a half marathon. (Accomplished this one twice! Yeah)
2.Eat less sugar.
(my success at this goal depends on the day;) )

3.Clean one room in my house each day
(usually)
4. Do one fun/educational outing with Sadie each week where my attention is 100% dedicated to Sadie.
(My all time favorite goal to work on)

What a fun post! Thanks for letting me share.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Tony Wong said...

It takes courage and lots of love to post such a blog like that! I am impressed!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

What great goals! I wish I had some good ideas to pass along, but I think I'll have to steal yours instead--especially teaching Primary songs. That's fabulous!

1:50 PM  

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