Here’s to 2017!! No resolutions for me. Raise a glass and toast with my favorite go to smoothie! Recipe to follow tomorrow. Cheers!
Hard to believe that yet another year has gone by. 2016 took me places I did not expect. My husband had a few work trips last January which somehow turned into never-ending travel and a move to Texas. It was a rough ride and I think the worst is past us. The good news is that we are all still standing and no one ran away, not even Cubby. Speaking of which, 2016 will always have an upside because THE CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES! Still brings tears to my eyes.
As I start 2017, I will not be making any over the top resolutions. I find the whole notion a little dramatic. January 1st is just December 31st’s tomorrow. I look forward to the year ahead of me, but I’m not going to be unreasonable and set myself up to achieve an impossible expectation.
2017 still carries the responsibilities and problems from 2016. I have the same bills, the same aches and pains, the same worries, etc. I fully understand that it is a great benchmark to make a change for the better, but why wait for a new year?
Every night when I go to bed, I think of what I did that day. Some things went well, and others could have been better. I think it through and make little decisions and resolutions to work harder in some areas and plan to make some changes that will make tomorrow better. I wake up every morning with hope that the day will go well, that I won’t have major struggles with my boys, or that I won’t forget anything important. I resolve to eat right and work out hard. I won’t lose my temper, I will get all my errands run, there will be a healthy dinner on the table, and I’ll have the answers to all homework questions. Everyday I hope to do my best and check off every box, but the truth is that some days my best is just getting through the day.
I certainly have goals for the New Year. I have some house projects to do- replace an outdated fireplace, have some rooms painted, and make some updates in my bathroom and kitchen. Also, I want to plan a vacation that is not based around a swim meet or visiting family. My kids deserve a real vacation to a place they’ve never been, which is completely doable because the positive of a traveling husband is more Marriott points than we know what to do with.
As always, I will continue to work out and run as much as possible. In the kitchen, I will keep things as healthy as possible but still allow for the opposite. I will not beat myself up for days that spiral out of control and end with a bottle of wine and more mint chocolate chip ice cream than one should consume in one sitting.
That’s how I’m approaching 2017. I’ll focus on small daily intentions, but cut myself some slack when everything falls apart. Raise your glass of wine, your smoothie, icy glass of lemon water, or even your bowl of ice cream, and join me in celebrating 2017 one day at a time.