yesterday, to commerate Keira's first day back to school and Mike's first day of work for the year, they both wore something new. Keira had a new dress and shoes, while Mike had on a pair of awesome socks. I thought it was a nice way to get things started right.
I was thinking about what sort of hopes or goals I wanted for this year, and a few came to mind.
1. Practice patience. This is kind of a big one for me (and maybe for Mike too), especially when it comes to being a parent. Keira is in the phase of being really challenging right now, and it seems like not a day goes by that one or both of us is yelling at her. I think my issue is that I expect her to get something done the second I tell her to, but in the toddler world, urgency doesn't usually translate well. I'd really like to work on this, not only with Keira but in other parts of my life, like at work.
2. Get active (and healthier). Mike and I were both trying to get into this one over the last several months, and while he lasted longer than I did, we both fell off the wagon at the end. Now that I'm pretty much healed from surgery and Mike's hockey season is set to start up again, I think there isn't much room for excuses as to why we can't do this. On January 1st, we woke up first thing and all three of us went for a long walk and some playground time. My brother introduced me to these 10-minute, non-stop workout sessions of any 3 exercises (jumping jacks, lunges, squats, sit-ups, push-ups, etc) that doesn't seem like very much, but at the end gets your heart pumping. And not to mention results in sore muscles too! I've done it for 2 days already, so I'm hoping Mike and I can make a habit out of it.
For now, I really want to make these two things a bigger part of my life. I'm sure I could have a laundry list of resolutions but I'm trying to be realistic about what I can actually accomplish. We'll see how it all goes...