It's that time of year when we resolve to live a healthier, happier, more ambitious year than the one before. Some of my resolutions are ones we all strive to attain throughout the year, while others are probably not on anyone else's lists.
Losing weight/Getting in shape/eating healthier. I'm pretty sure this is #1 on a list of new years resolutions somewhere. A few weeks ago our lovely eight year old was going to bed. My husband went in to tuck her in for the night. As he was leaving the room he said "Goodnight munchkin." Her response: "Goodnight donut." We laughed about it at first, because it was cute. But now that has become the nightly response if either of us say "goodnight munchkin." Which got us thinking. Although we have tried to eat healthier, the last few months of 2014 were filled with temptations - and will power seems to lose around the holidays and the pounds seem to settle on. At least for me it does. Thus our resolve to eat healthy and workout regularly this new year.
Lower debt/Save money. It seems that the new year is always when the budget is tight. We always try to not go overboard on Christmas gifts and such, but we always end up spending more than planned. We resolve to pay off our debt and put more into our savings this year. Finding ways to cut back is not that easy. We just have to think about our purchases and gear them towards necessity versus desire. We resolve to save more money and reduce frivolous purchases.
Drink more water. I guess this could really fall into the eat healthier/get in shape category, but we really want to make a point to drink more water. When I first got back into working out regularly I realized I was not getting enough water. I would tally each day until I drank my eight glasses. I have been off the wagon for a bit, and I find myself dehydrated often. It is hard this time of year to get adequate water intake. The colder weather makes us crave the warm drinks - tea, coffee, cocoa. I resolve to start my day off with a bottle of water and increase my intake.
Support local farmers. Since being in the farmers market circuit, it has made me so much more aware of what we eat. During the summer months I was vending at six markets a week, which was great as I could bring home fresh fruits, veggies, and meats daily. I love knowing where my food comes from and what is (or isn't) in it. Personally knowing the producers (and fellow vendors) is great. The winter months proves a little more difficult as we only have two markets that go year round and some of the produce is not available or is in short supply. We resolve to support our local farmers and farmers markets.
Hard maple candy. We have had so many requests for hard maple candy. My husband has perfected his technique and taught me how to make pure maple candy that is so soft and creamy in the middle. But hard candy is something we have yet to really venture into. We tried once with not much luck. The lollipops we had molded melted. My goal for the year is to figure out how to make hard maple candy.
Get caught up on paperwork. I'll admit it, I'm a procrastinator. I have a stack of paperwork right next to me that I should be entering, but instead I am writing this post. Maybe because it seems so daunting. And tedious. But they are not going to enter themselves into quickbooks nor file themselves afterwards. I resolve to get caught up on paperwork and stay on top of it this year.
Stay focused on school. This should probably be "not procrastinate." But why ruin something I have perfected? So instead I will resolve to focus on my classes this semester and not wait until the due date to start my homework.
Spend more time with my kiddo and husband. We often find ourselves too busy to pay attention to the things that are important to us in life. Juggling work, school, schedules, and running a business is not an easy thing to do. Those who are important to us often get lost in the shuffle of life as we are running late to the next place we have to be. I resolve to try my hardest not to get caught up in the hectic schedules and make a point to spend time my family.
We hope everyone has a fantastic new year! We wish us all luck on completing and sticking with our resolutions for 2015!