I’m not sure I believe in New Year’s Resolutions. I feel like they are just an additional way to feel bad about yourself by the end of the year. Then you can look back and say, “Shit, I said I was going to lose how many pounds, and I’m up five?” I think the last New Year’s Resolution I made was something that I knew I could commit to: Be more gracious when people want to take a picture of you. It has been several years and I feel I have done the best I can to stick to it.
But now I’m a mom, and I thought maybe this year, I should make a mom-related resolution. Here are list of things I thought I SHOULD be “resoluting”:
- Clean the house more – but I don’t want to
- Try to attend at least one mom’s group – but I don’t want to
- Lose ten pounds – but what about that Cinnamon Snap Ice Cream in my fridge?
- Run on a regular schedule and stick to it – I’ve tried, really I have
- Eat healthier foods like my toddler – but he likes salmon and I don’t
Alternatively, I could make a list of resolutions for the Broke-Ass Mom:
- Only buy used products for my toddler this whole year – Wow that’s hard! Not impossible, but every now and again I see a really cute sweater for him at the Gap (I’m not proud of it, but it’s true)
- Buy only used clothes for me – Umm, also not impossible, but not likely. Although I could count on one hand the articles of clothing I’ve bought for myself this year
- Read more books – I would love to commit to this, but when should I read? When I’m sleeping?
- Use my friends to babysit my toddler so my husband and I can go out more often – My friends aren’t exactly chomping at the bit to babysit
- Get a writing job that pays me money – Man, I would love to accomplish this one. But I still want to be a SAHM. This means doing my writing during naps or after bedtime – any takers?
So, you see my problem. I have A LOT of things I’d like to promise to achieve before 2013, but I don’t like to put on all the pressure. Instead, I choose to enjoy life, my husband, and my son just as much if not more in 2012. Now, that is something I can commit to.
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