What I’d like to do in 2008

by Wendy Copley on January 11, 2008

It seems that everyone who has a blog is required to write a post about the new year, their goals and/or their resolutions, so here is mine. I find it interesting that this time of year nearly everyone, including me, is compelled to purge the old and try to start things off with a fresh and clean slate. Without even thinking, I’ve been on a mini-cleaning and organization spree. I actually cleaned and organized the stuff on our refrigerator door the other day. I reorganized under the sink too!

I don’t usually make resolutions, but I do like to set goals for the year. As I’ve been thinking about what I’d like for the coming year, one theme has come up repeatedly and that theme is balance. Last year I felt like I was swinging around on a big, crazy, out of control pendulum. Or maybe one of those magnet things you see at kid’s science museums, because pendulums aren’t really out of control, are they? First work was crazy, then I got mono, then Wyatt was challenging, then I had a relaxing vacation. Even my hobbies felt manic. I’d read 6 books in a month and then I wouldn’t read anything the next month. I’d crank out 12 scrapbook pages in a week and then all my stuff would collect dust for the next five. I know that peaks and valleys are part of life, but I felt like I could barely think of more than one thing at a time last year. This year, I’m going to try to keep things on a more even keel. Work will still need a lot of my attention, of course, but I’m not going to give too much of myself at the expense of my health. Wyatt and Zach will be a focus, but I’m going to try to spend more time with friends too.
So here are some of the other things I’d like to do this year, both big and small:

  1. Concentrate on good health
    Having mono has really kicked my butt. I’m still tired a great deal of the time and I’ve found that if I try to keep go, go, going too much I get sick again. I’m almost completely out of sick time at work which complicates things. The best case scenario when I’m feeling bad is to stay home and rest, but without sick time that’s a little tricky. I’m going to try to keep things a little bit balanced though and rest when I’m tired instead of killing myself with work, housework, errands, and fun.
  2. Eat more whole foods
    This definitely feeds into goal number one up there, but I think it’s important enough to list out on it’s own. I like this goal because it encourages a couple of other, smaller food goals I have. Cook at home most nights. Take my lunch to work. Try to eat higher quality food. And there’s a little bit of an environmental benefit to boot.
  3. Make a quilt for Wyatt’s bed
    Poor old Wyatt has been sleeping with a tiny little blanket on his bed for several months now. I’ve also never gotten over the guilt of not making him a quilt so this is the year I fix that.
  4. Purge unnecessary objects from our house
    We have too much junk in our house and I can hardly stand it. I’m so much happier when there’s a little room to breathe.
  5. Spend more time with friends
    It’s way to easy for me to focus only on family and work. I have such great friends and I miss them! I’ve already got something planned for this one too. Allison and I are going to fly up to visit Lisa in Seattle in a couple of weeks.

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