A week or so ago, I was Skype-ing (new favorite thing) with my dear friend Leslie, and I asked her if she’d read my list of goals. She nodded and said, “B, that list just exhausted me.” I laughed, because it’s so true. Overachievers Anonymous card-carrying member, right here. I explained to her, though, that I feel super-duper compelled this year to really get things done. I can’t explain it further, except to say that I’m staring 40 squarely in the eye (okay, I have a buffer but it doesn’t *feel* like I do) and enough is enough on delaying those good things and experiences in my life that I’ve always wanted to embrace. Yes, I’m a stay-at-home mom, and yes, this occupies a radical portion of my waking hours, but NO, this doesn’t mean that I can’t attack a list of goals with gusto! However. And there’s a big HOWEVER there…I did take Leslie’s hint-hint advice and decided that I need to also build in some restful time. Time during naps and time after the kids have gone to bed and time just during the day to not tackle a darned thing on any to-do list or goals list or a list of any kind. Time to just sit and breathe and soak it in. You see, *this* is why I have the friends that I have. They know me, and they say, Hey, calm down there, Becky. Maybe take it down a notch? Yeah for good friends!
Anyway, so I’ve been trying to be mindful of both my goals AND my need for non-goal-getting time. I’ve always said the best lives reflect a state of balance, and it’s a good thing to practice what I preach, yes? So even though I’m not as far on my list as I probably otherwise would be by now, that’s okay. But, let’s check in, shall we? Progress check numero uno:
- (#4, Read at least 2 books a month): Check. In January, I read the first two books in the Hunger Games series, and I’m gobbling up the last installment right now. I also started two other books, so I’m well ahead of the game here.
- (#5, Get on a good cleaning schedule): Hmm. How to say this? I’ve tried the thing where I spread my chores out over the whole week. Not fond of it. I feel like I’m ALWAYS slaving on my house. I’ve also tried the thing where I squish up all the chores into Thursdays and Fridays. Not fond of it. It’s super-exhausting to clean the house from top to bottom, do all the laundry, buy all the groceries, and be a mom to my preschoolers all at the same time. Summary: Still haven’t figured this one out. Sigh.
- (#6, Blog more): I’m here, aren’t I? Ha.
- (#11, Host playdates once a month): YES. One down for January, one down for February (and the month is young!). Check!
- (#19, Potty-training): I’m going to give myself a break on every single other goal, because this one has been MET. Wooooooooooooot!!! Will is doing so great. He’s only had a couple accidents since he really got the hang of it, and those were situations out of his routine. I guess that makes him like 95% potty-trained, but I’m giving us the gold star anyway. Huge, major, most fantabulous accomplishment EVER.
- (#20, Saving money): I’ve been clipping my coupons and *using* them whenever I can, and during my last two trips to Target, I saved $14 and then $12, respectively. Not too shabby. I know it’s not much, but it adds up. Plus, I’ve set aside two earned $5 gift cards for Christmas. I’m going to save all of them until December, and I’m hoping to get well past $100 of “free” money!
- (#23, Force myself to do more “kid” time): I’m kinda proud here as well. Just this week, I got out the crayons one day and colored with my kiddos for a bit, and then yesterday I got out the Play-doh and helped get my kids going on punching out shapes and such. I have a long way to go here, but I’m glad I made these steps (instead of Facebooking, doing the dishes, etc.).
So that’s my progress update. I didn’t mention the ones where I’m still at square one, but I’d say this is a good showing for the first week of February? See, Les, I’m being reasonable! 😉