Like the rest of the world, every year I make New Year’s Resolutions that I have every intention of sticking to but always seem to fade away two weeks into the new year. Wah wah. This year is different. I have a baby. It is imperative to my mental/physical/emotional well being that I stick to and follow through with these resolutions, all million of them. It’s all about setting realistic goals and milestones along the way. (And publicly posting them might actually hold me accountable and force me to follow through…)
So, ladies and gentlemen, here they are, Autumn’s 2012 New Year’s Resolutions in no particular order:
- Cliche as it may be, I want to lose this baby weight. You know the saying “I wish I was the size I was when I thought I was fat”? Yeah. That. Having a baby will literally shatter your body image. The human body is AMAZING, and it still blows my mind that I GREW a freaking BABY, but that doesn’t change the fact that I am uncomfortable in my new, post-baby body and am ready to be in the best shape of my life. So this year, I am making that happen, dammit.
- Get better at the guitar so I can accompany myself and record sweet sweet covers. Not fancy legit studio recordings. More like sitting in front of my computer and then uploading the videos to YouTube recordings. That’s pretty legit.
- Pay off my credit card once and for all. It seems like every time I get close to paying it off, something major happens; i.e. costly car repair, etc. I am SO SICK of paying interest. It’s not natural. I WILL pay it off. How? By eating out much less. That’s our major pitfall. It’s so easy. And with a baby, easy is key. But easy isn’t always the most economical.
- Pay off my car. I threw this one in because it’s VERY attainable since my last payment is due in September 2012, so I will inevitably pay off my car. But going into the new year knowing that at least one of my resolutions will definitely be crossed off my list is amazing 🙂
- AT LEAST $2,000 in savings. I know that’s probably pocket change for a savings account for a lot of people, but we’re paycheck to paycheck people (like most people, right? right??) and having that amount in savings would be a miracle. How are we going to achieve this? By paying off our credit card and my car and then being able to put a bit more into savings. Also, we have a Way to Save account which adds $1 for every debit card purchase into our savings. Brilliant.
- Make Kevin’s food. In a couple months, Kevin will be ready for solid food. Jars of baby food aren’t that expensive (I mean, they DO add up) and are probably pretty healthy, but I can buy a bunch of sweet potatoes or green beans or bananas, etc, and MAKE his food for much less! I’m home with Kev, so I might as well. We may not have been able to make breastfeeding work, but dammit, we can make THIS work!
Then, of course, there are the other smaller goals like read all of the books I’ve been meaning to read, find a killer monologue and new audition songs, be the lead singer of a popular band, etc. But those are a given and don’t require a formal “Resolution.”
I can already tell that 2012 is gonna be the best year yet. Afterall, Kev will do some CRAZY growing and changing this year: turning over, solid foods, crawling, walking, talking. So much to look forward to! And who wouldn’t want to ring in the new year to this face…