The first day of 2009 has dawned, and it’s a beautiful one. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the birds are singing. After 3 days of work (while everybody else has been on holiday!), I am looking forward to just relaxing today, and spending time with my family.
On my agenda today? Swimming at the beach, playing games, reading my (unputdownable) book, and enjoying fresh summer food.
I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve come up with a few things I would like to achieve this year:
1. Keep off the 12kg (26lb) I lost last year.
I know everybody always says they want to lose weight/eat healthily/get fit … but the funny thing is, losing weight wasn’t even one of my “resolutions” for 2008 (like I said, I don’t usually make them). In fact, I spent the first 5 months of last year ignoring the problem. Eventually, I had one of those “aha!” moments, and decided to do something about it.
So as much of a cliche as this may sound, I really do want to keep focused on healthy eating and exercise. I’ve worked damn hard to get to where I am now, and I am NOT going back!
2. Spend more one-on-one time with each of my boys, doing specific things that they enjoy.
Up until now, Tyler has pretty much copied everything Ethan has been into. But now he’s getting to the age where he is discovering his own interests, and I want to spend more quality time with him, nurturing those.
And the same with Ethan.
I want to go on more Mummy/Son dates, stuff like that.
3. Finish painting the house!! OK, so that’s mostly Rob’s job … but I really want it done!
We’ve had some issues that have made this job take much longer than we anticipated. The weatherboards on the lower (original) level of our house are about 40 years old, and have about 6 layers of paint on them. After painting one wall twice, and having the paint bubble both times, we sought the advice of a professional (ex-chemist). He scraped off some paint samples, and discovered a layer of mould on one of them. This means we have to strip ALL the paint off, then prime and undercoat, before painting. A HUGE job!
4. Work hard, but learn how to leave work at work.
Believe me, this can be pretty tricky when you work from home! Most of the time I keep a pretty good balance between work and my personal life, but it’s something I always need to be aware of.
The next one isn’t on my list, but it goes without saying, really:
Have a GREAT year! :-)
I’m sure 2009 will bring both ups and downs, like every other year. But I am looking forward to it.
Happy New Year!