Every year I tend to make a list of often immeasurable resolutions that never get met because, in all honesty, I don’t ever really look at them again because I can’t really track the progress. So this year, rather than doing that, I decided to make more of a bucket list for 2014.
Here are some of the things I’m going to do:
- Travel somewhere we’ve never been.
- Yoga every damn day. Even if it’s just a few poses for 5 minutes after I wake up or before bed.
- Buy a chess set and learn to play.
- Complete every activity in Soul Pancake.
- Get Faux Moccs launched and, at a bare minimum, break even.
- Journal every day. One page, sentence, one drawing, one dream, one goal, I don’t care.
- Get dressed and out of the house daily.
- Go camping.
- Sign Judah up for gymnastics and music.
I always see those “If you could write a letter to your younger self” posts on Facebook. And, in all honesty, I wouldn’t write a letter to the old me because changing her would change who I have become now and who I hope to one day be. However, I often think about having a pow-wow with the current me because there ARE several things I’d like to change about myself. But I often get looped into life and lose sight of these things which I know I’ll regret down the road. So I’m putting them in writing (typing?) now.
- Stay focused during “work” time. I would love to finish my work day before John gets home from work. While I wouldn’t change it for the world, working from home with a little one can be difficult. I usually try to pack as much work into nap times and right after Judah is in bed. However, sometimes I find myself spending that time winding down and soaking up the silence. On the days that I stay focused on my work while Judah sleeps, I’m able to be so much more present when he’s awake and when John gets home.
- Stay focused during family time. I am so guilty of aimlessly staring at my phone or checking my email 50 times when I have something wonderful right in front of me. Whether I’m playing with Judah in the backyard or out on a date with John, I need to be present in that moment. I’m missing out on time I’ll never get back. And for what? Deleting my spam?
- Take breaks on John’s “off” days. John typically only has 2 days off work that are his school days. Since some of his classes are online, I typically spend the hours he is home on my computer, catching up on work and end up completely missing out on family time with him and Judah. I always think about how 10 years from now, I’ll regret this so much. Even if we just take a few hours in the afternoon to go on a picnic at the park, those are the moments I’ll cherish and remember for life.
- Snuggle more.
- Live in The Now. I have anxiety. Sometimes so bad that I have panic attacks when I’m overwhelmed with life. I’ve noticed that my anxiety only exists when my mind is anywhere other than the present. It’s hard not to think about the future when you have a family, but when my mind is anywhere other than The Now, I’m not at my best for my family. This year, I want to live in The Present. Sure, my mind will sometimes visit the non-existent Past and Future, but I will focus on bringing her back to The Now. Because that’s where I am. That’s where the ones I love are.
What’s on your bucket list for 2014?
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