It’s January 1st, 2016 and like most people, you’ve either been thinking about your own or hearing about others’ New Year’s resolutions. I rarely actually create resolutions because I feel that if I want to do something differently, I shouldn’t use the New Year as an excuse – I should start doing it when it comes to me. However, one year my husband and I (he was my fiancé at the time) decided that we would cook and stop ordering in every night. The results: we managed to cook at home almost every night until well into the summer time, which to me was successful.
Resolutions are great, but the reason they seldom work is because they are too high-level. Setting SMART goals and objectives, can help ensure you keep you resolution.
I love starting fresh. A new year, new goals, new planner. So, here we go again. My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions, in no particular order.
1 – Eat cleaner and locally grown.
I try to do this as much as I can, but sometimes life gets busy and you end up at your local supermarket buying produce from Asia or Europe – not that there is anything wrong with that. Personally, i’m a strong believer of buying produce that is locally grown and in season, from a farm that you can actually visit. I’m fortunate enough to live in a big city (Toronto), surrounded by lots of agricultural farms, where I can purchase locally grown, hormone-free, non-GMO, fresh fruits, vegetables and even meat. To me that is eating clean. Putting food in my body, and more importantly my babies body, that I feel has not been processed in any way or tampered with – or as little as possible.
GOAL: Visit the market at least 2 times per month for fresh vegetables and stock up on quality meats.
2 – Keep our kitchen & family room tidy.
For those of you that have a baby, you’ll understand the dilemma. I surely did not understand it before, but it’s clear now. Time becomes very limited and toys take over your life. It becomes much harder to put them away every day and keep the kitchen tidy, especially when you insist on hand washing everything that your baby puts in his mouth. That being said, now that Jasper is 8 months old, and we’ve had time to adjust to the craziness (wonderful craziness of course) of everything that comes with a baby, both Chris and I want to be better at maintaining a tidy home. It’s important for our sanity that we can somewhat get back to what our life was like pre-Jasper.
GOAL: Spend 20 minutes after the baby goes down to tidy both the kitchen and family room before sitting down for dinner or turning on the TV.
3 – Scheduling family activities.
I want to do more things with my two favourite boys. I mean really do things. Like go to the aquarium or the zoo. We don’t do enough of that, and as Jasper starts to get older and comprehend more, I want to provide him with more enriching experiences outside our home.
GOAL: Schedule 1 family outing each month.
4 – Date nights.
2015 was a crazy year. I was in Boston for the first month, VERY pregnant for the next 3 and then taking care of a newborn/infant for the rest. While we did get out for our anniversary and a wedding or two, it was a year of minimal date nights. I want to spend 2016 working on our relationship as well as our family, and making sure that the romance still exists. Life is only going to get busier and more crazy, and hopefully filled with more children for us. Before it gets there, i’m going to focus on the foundation that makes us who we are.
GOAL: Go on 1 out-of-the-home date night every two months, and 1 in-the-home-date night (fancy dinner?) each month.
I feel comfortable with my resolutions and the goals I have set for myself. As you’ve read here, the important thing about setting a goal is to constantly monitor and re-adjust if necessary. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
I would love to know what some of your New Year’s Resolutions are.