Sunday, January 02, 2011

Any New Year's Resolutions?

I've never been a big fan of New Year's resolutions... I don't know, I guess something about it seemed so arbitrary and fake to me. I can't remember ever making any when I was younger.

This year, however, I want to set some (what I feel to be) realistic goals for myself.

1. Be more consistent with my prayer life. I have it scheduled for when I first wake up in the morning, and an examination of conscience before going to bed. I don't think that is unreasonable for me, and in all honesty I'm sure I could be doing more, but for right now, I want to make meeting with the Lord EVERY morning a priority. I mentioned before that I was a Navigator in college, and "quiet times" were as essential as breathing. I want to get back into that wonderful habit I had in college, of reading, journaling, etc on a DAILY basis. Of course, I was single, in a dorm room, and it was very easy to maintain that sort of schedule. Later on, when I was on my own in an apartment, I only had myself to worry about, and getting up to read was not that big of a deal.

Now, it is.

Prayer time will look different at this stage. I'm dealing with a nursing infant who doesn't understand that he's cutting into my scheduled prayer time. By God's grace, if I can just manage to show up, and accept the interruptions as they come, I'll feel like I'm getting somewhere.

2. Lose 10 pounds and keep it off. I know, I know, EVERYONE wants to lose weight at the start of the new year, right? Well, I'm dealing with post-pregnancy weight, and I'm tired of it. It's hard enough to be 43 and see myself changing daily in the mirror, but I don't have to accept the fact that I'm heavier than I want to be, and just coast along. By this time next year, I want to be 10 pounds lighter, and in better shape. That's less than a pound a month. Again, I don't think that's unrealistic.

3. Maintain our homeschooling/housekeeping schedule. I saw how quickly I could go into a tailspin with the Christmas season. It was too much, and I couldn't handle all the additional clutter. As I've mentioned before, our house is small when you take into account the number of people living here. It would be like the typical "family of four" living in less than 400 square feet of living space. It's doable, but cramped. Since I don't see the Lord dropping a second storey on our house any time in the near future (although He owns it all, and could do it in a heartbeat if He so chose to do so), we have to continue to streamline, pare down, and "travel light." We've got way too much stuff, and we need to be comfortable with less. Part of my vocation as a mom is to create a peaceful home for my family, which can't be done with this much stuff everywhere. I think we were doing well when we had the schedule going, and I'm looking forward to returning to it. I will continue with the FlyLady housekeeping zones for the year, and see how we do!

Keeping with the homekeeping theme, it's time once again to pull Mrs. Dunwoody's Guide to Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping off the shelf and read it again! This is a yearly must for me, and I hope it will become one for you, too! I am inspired every time I read this!

4. Reread all my C.S. Lewis books. This is going to be a year-long project, for sure, but man, am I overdue for some inspiration from my favorite author! If they had a medal of him, I would wear it everyday. I'm not kidding. There are certain holy men and women who will bring me to tears every time I see their faces. St. (Padre) Pio is one of them. St. Therese of Lisieux is another. So is St. Maximillian Kolbe. The last is C. S. Lewis. All I have to do is see a picture, or hear something that he said, and I have an emotional reaction almost every time.

Speaking of emotional reactions, I know everyone has seen this a hundred times, but every now and then, it's good to see it again!

Emotional reactions for me: seeing Jim Caviezel as Jesus at the Last Supper (the Eucharist is what brought my husband to the Catholic faith, and it was the Eucharist that made me come back home), St. Maximillian Kolbe (by this time I'm usually in tears), and St. Therese (she prayed for me in my darkest hour... along with the Blessed Mother... and I'm forever grateful)

So how about you? Any resolutions to share?


Beth said...

Since Leo can't really nurse, my goal is to pump for 12-18 months ... Hopefully til his surgery.

That's my resolution for the year. For tomorrow it's get the laundry put away and do a craft with the older two kids. Baby steps :)

Ouiz said...

I gotta tell you, Beth, I prayed for you many times last night as I dealt with insomnia. I will continue to pray that you will be able to pump successfully.

My short term goal is to get up early enough to start our first day of homeschooling in 2011 on time. *grin*

Beth said...

Thanks so much Ouiz!! Will You keep praying he can nurse too? I see some small improvements but It's really slow. Ill pray for you and J too!

Ha, poor M, we haven't done a lesson since Leo was born! Maybe I'm not cut out For this.... but she's reading completely fluently which amazes me.

Ouiz said...

The Lord keeps bringing you to mind, so I will keep praying! (I wonder how many other people He's getting to pray for you!) As I struggle to feed my little guy, I will pray for yours. Is nursing a possibility at all for him?

Homeschooling while pumping for a newborn? That's asking an awful lot of yourself! Sounds like she's doing a fantastic job just reading, though. Face it, Beth, you're a successful homeschooler! *grin* M is reading, taking care of her younger brothers, and learning lots of life lessons. You win!

Beth said...

I appreciate the prayers so much! There's a small possibility he'll be able to breastfeed, but Really I'm at peace with however I have to feed him. Its funny you mention people Praying For me... Today my lactation consultant emailed me and said she was praying for me! Wow!

I did do the laundry and take all 3 kids To target Today... but no craft. How'd you Do with homeschooling Today?

Ouiz said...

Isn't it wonderful when God prompts so many to pray for us? We are never alone! He knows how hard this situation is for you, and while He has allowed it for whatever reason, He's not abandoning you.

I will continue to pray!

We did well on our first day -- thank you for asking! We got through it without too much fuss, kept the house relatively clean, AND I was able to paint half of the girls' room! Whoo hoo!