I settled on two things that really impact my quality of life. First, is SLEEP! Or lack of.
Doesn't that picture just make you want to fall, face-first into bed? The truth is, I'm almost always tired. And it's self-induced sleep deprivation. You know the drill...balancing work, marriage, kids, and a home, leaves little 'me' time. So I tend to take it late at night. Which only ends up sacrificing my body, mood and energy level. So in 2011, I vow to respect my body enough to give it the sleep it needs.
Second resolution is a result of having a therapist as a husband...SETTING BETTER BOUNDARIES. I tend to have a hard time telling people 'No.' And guilt is a motivating factor in that...guilt that I work outside the home, guilt that I can't be there all the time for my kids, guilt that I'm not Betty-Crocker-Perfect-Homemaker! So I end up over-extending myself, which only ends up sacrificing the peace and quality of family time.
And absolutely nothing is more important to me than my family. And if that means I can't be a room mom, soccer club organizer, PTA chairperson, neighborhood greeter...or any of the many things asked of me that fall outside the immediate needs of my family...then so be it. Hopefully setting these boundaries for myself and learning to say 'No' will only bring more peace into my home. Because running around from place to place, staying up late to prepare for a bake sale, and all the other guilt-induced responsibilities just isn't peaceful! So in 2011, I vow to respect my family enough to set boundaries for us!
Thanks for getting me thinking, Leah. Here's hoping we all stand by our resolutions....and have a happy, peaceful, New Year!!
And if you'd like to see some of the fun projects that keep me up late, here are my Top 5 Projects from 2010!