We are all sick here at Many Hands House. A rare thing for me, I have always had an immune system of iron, while Chris’ is more like a sieve. It’s a rotten time to be sick. So many friends to not be visiting, so many festivities canceled. However, I have been trying to see the silver lining in it. After weeks of constant running around, shopping, cooking, cleaning, we are forced to just be. Taking care of each other. Taking turns reading aloud (The Outsiders). And dreaming.
So today we wrote our New Years’ resolutions. We write them every year. And we named the upcoming year as well. Last year was called “Up and Running”. This year “The Year of Win”.
1. Eat salads with every meal.
We were doing really well with this. It was on last years list too. But when the weather cools off, we seem to forget.
2. Exercise more.
Again, so easy when the weather is good.
3. Help Méabh communicate.
Méabh has frequent speech therapy, and we are working on signing. It gives me hope to recall that last year we were helping her learn to walk, and now look at her. You should see her bellydance!
4. Write personal goals with the children and help them achieve them.
5. Chris will continue with grad school awesomeness.
6. I will make my midwifery and unda more thoughtful and successful.
Both have been through big changes. But I’m not giving up. This goal is vague, I have written my own lists for both.
7. I will put more energy into homeschooling.
It is so different to homeschool teens! And I will make sure that my focus is in line with Waldorf education.
8. I want to cultivate important friendships and end those that weigh me down.
9. And of course, the long list of home improvements:
Organize the basement; fix the hot tub; rent a dumpster; a new arch for the prarie; more bees and trees; great gardening
10. Two reliable vehicles would be nice.
11. Blog more!
(OK – there were only 10 originally – I added the cars part just now as I was typing this.)
You know what is most striking to me is how normal these resolutions are. And isn’t that wonderful? No “I hope my sons operations go well”, or “I hope this court case ends soon.” Just nice comfortable plans. And I bet they are similar to yours.
What are your New Years’ resolutions?