Now as you know, one of my goals for 2012 is to get more organized. When I told Matt this goal, he actually laughed at me. Apparently, I am the most organized person he knows. Which is kind of sad. I do have great intentions on being organized, I’m forever writing out to-do lists and all that jazz…but rarely do I ever make the time to DO the things on those to-do lists. I suppose a more accurate goal would be to improve my follow through on organization attempts…but whatever. Mote point ;0)
The other day, I stumbled across these printable organization lists. Seriously, loving the hell out of them! Of course, first I need to get a printer to actually print them off…but hey! I thought I’d share them anyway, since I know many of you have the same goal in mind (get more organized).
I’ve decided that these goals I have won’t happen over night, and that’s totally okay. If my goals for 2012 are a 12 month work in progress, I’m cool with that. So I might be a little delayed on meeting these goals as I figure out how to tackle them.
I’ve asked Matt to get me some exercise DVDs. I saw an exercising program on Dr. Phil that I actually really want to try. It’s called the P.I.N.K Method, a diet and exercise program designed for women by women…and according to Dr. Phil, it works. I know…the fact that it was even on Dr. Phil has me questioning it’s creditability too…but, I like that the testimonies are from women exactly like me; longing to get healthier but lacking the motivation and drive. I’ve joined the gym before. And it was hard. So I quit. Well, not really… I mostly quit because I got pregnant with Archer and just going was a work out in itself because I had to take Nolan and I joined in the winter so I had to bundle us both up and fight for parking and trudge through the snow and slip on the ice and then finally when I got him all set up in the day care, I was way too exhausted to work out for anymore than 15 minutes. I figured the monthly fees were just too much for me, considering I wasn’t getting enough use out of the gym. I’ve really wanted to try exercising at home, while Nolan has his quiet time and Archer naps.
As far as eating healthier goes…well, it’s going to be a process. I have a bottle of Dr. Pepper, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Bar and a bag of
Honey Mustard pretzels (nevermind, I ate those already) in my pantry with my name on it. I know, I know. Most determined women (like my cousin Karen) would just toss that crap in the garbage, where it essentially belongs. HOWEVER…I’m all for easing into things slowly. I’ve found that, in the past, when I dove head first into something, I’d end up giving up sooner than if I slowly ease myself in. I want to learn how to eat healthier, and I want to enjoy it…it won’t be an overnight thing and that’s alright. Instead of buying junk food like every other night, we’re going to stop that. Maybe stick with one treat once a week, like Fridays or something. Maybe we’ll have a cheat day. I want to cook tasty, healthy meals and provide tasty, healthy and filling snacks for myself and Nolan. Although seriously? I can’t get that kid to try ANYTHING. Yesterday he turned up his nose at my homemade very berry muffins! He’s even turned up his nose at rice crispie squares. Yeah, I don’t get it either – my kid is certifiably crazy.
A little side goal I made for myself is to bake something at least once a week. I love baking, even if I’m not exactly good at it sometimes (like when I managed to burn the hell out of marshmellows when I attempted to make Rice Crispie squares, or that time I tried to bake Matt a graduation cake from scratch). I figured if I baked some healthy goodies (muffins, oatmeal cookies, maybe even some granola bars) then snack time would be a little healthier too. Anyways, so my side goal is going to be that I’m going to start baking once a week. Maybe Thursdays, since that’s the only day we don’t go to the EYC play group. HOLLA! I’m already doing awesome at this baking thing.
As for the whole strengthening our marriage…I’m proud to report that all 24 hours of that is going super well! I’m being more conscious of Matt’s feelings, of his wants and needs. I’m trying to let go of the whole “everything must go according to MY plan” thing, and to realize that if I really want something to happen (like the bathrooms to get cleaned or something) then the best way to approach it is do it myself. I’m not saying that Matt is useless and won’t do anything I ask of him, because he DOES do like everything, but Matt also doesn’t get bothered by the same things I do. He doesn’t see the sense of urgency of doing and cleaning certain things like I do. Example: the front hall closet. He thinks it’s perfectly fine, I think it’s a freakin’ disaster. So, I’m going to clean it while he plays with the kids, because him playing with the kids actually helps out more than me MAKING him do something because I’m too lazy/sore but want it done ;0) and that is, sadly, where most of our arguments string from. I’ll be lazy, sitting on the couch asking him to do stuff. UNCOOL. Bone disorder pain be damned, I felt good (emotionally, anyway) when I cleaned the entire upstairs top to bottom yesterday. I even reorganized our bedroom, moved some furniture around and it looks and even feels better.
But, strengthening our marriage is going to be a lifetime thing. I know we’ll have days where one of us or both of us gets selfish and snippy. I’m personally working on not getting snippy with him. Bad pain days are no longer going to equal out to me being a banshee days. It’s not fair to him, and I’m kinda a dick for doing it previously…I know. But hey, better late than never…am I right?!
ALSO, you’ll notice that I’m sporting a new fantastic look; all thanks to JD from Dramatic Mama! I think this one is my favourite over all look, with the Christmas one coming in a close second! I can’t keep the Christmas one up when it isn’t Christmas anymore, as much as I love it. Seriously, I packed up my tree on the 28th, an hour after we got home from visiting family! I’m all for Christmas…but I basically want stuff back to normal as soon as boxing day is over with. Am I weird? Or are you also the “Christmas is done, let’s get it out of my living room until next year” types? Matt laughs at me because I was so freaking excited to put it up and so eager to take it down. Go figure!