Well, the year is off to a wonderful start. The last two days have been very restful, something I have needed for a long time. We haven't gone anywhere except to our neighbors' house for supper on New Years day, and although I've gotten some things done, it's been a perfect time of rest, relaxation, and reflection.
Today was a bit of a gift. As all good things must come to an end, we did have some commitments today, BUT it snowed last night, waking up to pristine, clean white, and, hallelujah, canceled meetings. I stayed in my PJ's all day and loved every minute of it. No make-up, no "stressers", just breathing and doing things that I have very little time for during our regular routine.
Which led me to make a decision. For a long time, I haven't made any New Year's resolutions, at least not that I have written down. However, this peaceful day did such wonders for my spirit that I came up with a list of a few things I will do this next year.
1. I will wear my PJ's all day at least one day each month. It does me a world of good to step out of the routine once in awhile and just let my hair down.
2. I will become a better learner. This past year I felt like I was running to catch up with myself- unpacking and settling a new home, potty training a wonderfully strong-willed child, commitments after commitments, etc. I've already registered for an on-line TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course- something I hope to teach again one of these years, but I've also decided to hire a babysitter and sign up for a Saturday class or two at my favorite quilting store. I must exercise those little grey cells.
3. And speaking of commitments, I will commit to less "things" this year. I felt I had to keep myself busy while hubby was away, but when he comes home, I will use that as an excuse to step down from some of the "unnecessary" obligations and focus on being a wife again. AND I won't feel guilty for saying NO.
4. I will read for myself and to my children each day. I LOVE books, and thankfully so do my kids. There are days, though, that it feels like we don't sit and read together, just caught up in the busyness of life. I can let the dishes sit till evening or even the next day, and I will read for my personal pleasure and my children's enjoyment.