Last year, Ella's teacher sent home a work sheet asking the kids to list things they wanted to start doing, stop doing and continue doing during the coming year. I liked this exercise better than making New Year's Resolutions. So I made my own list. I haven't done as well as I would have liked. I'm still not running as much as I had hoped. I'm still pretty hard on myself about everything. But I am still reading a lot. So here's this year's list.
Start: Being nicer to myself. Making sure to have one bit of "me" time each week, even if it's just spending an hour wandering through the book store.
Stop: Being my own worst critic. I'm still incredibly tough on myself. I never feel like I'm doing enough, even though I'm raising three kids, managing a house, maintaining a successful marriage, and working part time. I need to remember that it's ok if the laundry doesn't get folded immediately or if the floors aren't spotless.
Continue: Reading. Learning. Running. Knitting. Taking joy in my kids and my husband and our friends.
Happy New Year to all. May 2008 be filled with peace, love, health and happiness.