Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

And, I DO mean Happy! Today was a pretty good day. Considering my track record. In years past, New Years Day, has proved to be one of the worst days of my life. For some reason, it has always been a really hard day for me. I think it just might have something to do with the ridiculous tradition that my husband's family has for all crowding into our house to watch football. All. Day. Long.

It really, really used to get to me. Especially before we moved to this house. We lived in a little starter home and there was hardly standing room when the whole family was there. And the noise....oh....the noise! You remember how I'm kind of agoraphobic with crowds? One year, I just left and drove around for like 4 hours, then snuck in the back door when no one was looking and locked myself in my bedroom.

It's been a lot better since we moved to the bigger house. More space for everyone, and toy room for the kids. So, today, went pretty well.


I slept in late. Our whole family worked together cleaning up the basement and rearranging furniture, which honestly, I actually enjoyed. There is just something therapeutic about working together as a family. I love that! Then my hubby and I did a P90X exercise video together, which, in a weird, psycho way, I think is romantic. Then I made some good food, everyone came over and visited, and we had a great day.


So, I think we're off to a good start for the year!


This year, for resolutions, I'm not making any. I was looking through my journal from years past, and I always make the same goals. They're good goals, don't get me wrong, but it always ends up fizzling after a month or less. You know the usual: go to the temple monthly, read scriptures, say prayers, lose 197 lbs. One year, I actually made a goal to go the whole year without eating chocolate. Ho...ha hahahahahaha!!!!!! I think I made it to about 2:00. On January 1st.

So, this year I have one goal:

SIMPLIFY


This year, I'm just going to keep it to the basics. No unnecessary extra crap that I think I have to do to be a good wife, mother, etc. I don't HAVE to sign up to make a treat for EVERY relief society event. I don't have to have a perfectly clean house. I don't have to have my children schedule in 40 different extra curricular activities.

This year, I think we're just going to take it easy. And I'm going to move my focus more from myself, and to my little family. Maybe I won't run so many races this year, or spend so much time writing music. Maybe I'll take my kids to the park more often, and go on more dates with my husband.

So, that's my one goal for 2009.

I usually don't do cheesy cliche things like having a theme for the year, but my SIL gave me this tile thing with a quote that I absolutely love.


"Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured." -Gordon B. Hinkley

I love that quote. And I'm going to try to live by that this year.


p.s thank you for all of your thoughts on my last post. I truly appreciate all of you. You helped me feel more..."normal" and less like a freak. Thank you!!!

10 comments:

Tink said...

I'm giving you a high five! Simplify is probably one of the best goals I have seen yet this year! that's awesome Sher! And I love that quote by Pres. Hinckley too! Words to live by. I hope you had a great new year's day! Hugs to you.

kitchenditcher said...

I need to come by and read this post everyday.

SIMPLIFY

I love it.

kalen said...

i think this is one of the best resolutions i've seen.

Peggy said...

That's such a good goal. I'm glad today was good for you. And I think exercising together is romantic too. :)

Melissa said...

Okay, just found you from the bucket filler gal, and lah lah LOVE your blog! You are right up my alley!
Love the goal for the new year and it's certainly one everyone could use.
Excited to have added you to my reader!
xoxox

debilyn said...

excellent resolution!

and I'm so glad that you had a great day yesterday =)

I've been in a total funk for days now...need to get MYSELF one of those good days ;)

xoxox

Annette Lyon said...

Fantastic theme for the year. I think I'll steal it. :)

Glad you have more room now so you don't know completely loopy when the entire family converges. I think I'd go nuts too.

Kristina P. said...

I'm so glad you've have a great 2009!

And I need to follow your lead and simplify my life as well.

Ashley said...

I love your goal to simplify! That is an awesome one! Happy New Year and I love reading your blog!

tammy said...

I think that's perfect.