I made a list of blog resolutions for 2014 that I plan to achieve over the coming year, but I’ve decided to do something different with my personal New Year’s Resolutions. The “one word” concept that I’ve seen all over the place is intriguing to me. But of course I can never follow the rules, so I have three words. Rather than asking myself to do specific things which may or may not get done, instead, I’d like to embark on a self improvement theme.
I am a workaholic. It probably stems from my OCD issues, but whatever endeavor I undertake, I throw myself into it 150%. I probably haven’t averaged more than 5 hours of sleep a night in years. My house has suffered, my family life has suffered, and I almost never have any “me” time. That is all going to change this year. Physically, I just can’t do it anymore…and mentally, I just don’t want to. That’s not to say I am going to let everything go to hell around here. I’m not. I plan to work smarter, not harder. I am going to get more sleep…I’m aiming to be in bed by 11 or midnight this year. That might sound late, but for me, it’s early. I’m going to close my computer for part of the afternoon, once the younger kids get home. I am going to say NO more often. I want to enjoy all the parts of my life. Our time here is short.
When you are constantly running from one thing to the next, and adding too much to your plate, it leads to disorganization and clutter. And that is what has happened to my house. Suzy Homemaker I am not, but I don’t want to be Clutter Cathy either. I’m probably never going to be the most organized person you’ll ever meet, nor will I ever have the perfect house, but I’ll settle for a happy medium. I worked on organizing the house quite a bit over the holidays with my husband, and we put a huge dent in it. But this is a big project now because we’ve let it go far too long. Because it’s GO Month (Get Organized), you can expect to see some posts with organizing tips as we move through this process.
There’s a lot running through my mind with this…”paying it forward,” the Golden Rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and the Maya Angelou quote: “I’ve learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” While these are principles I try to live by, I can improve. Do you know that feeling when someone does something nice for you, and you want to go out and do something nice for someone else as a result? That’s the feeling I want to spread!