So as 2014 becomes 2015 I decided I will just keep on doing what I always do, while finding a way to think Positive and Cherish the moments as they come.
1. DATE NIGHT
The Husband and I have been doing Friday Night date night for the last month, it has been something we needed as a couple. To stay connected, to put ourselves first! In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives we feel like we just miss out on each other. We will continue these date nights, they will happen. They will NOT just be the moments we take to grab nourishment while out grocery shopping. We already have a once a month plan in the works.
* Once a month Tea Night- we will get a new loose tea once a month, go home for a movie or a board game, drink our new tea and just enjoy time spent together! Bonus- new teas!
* An actual date once a month; where we can wear the nice clothes shoved in the back of closets. Where I can and will put on makeup and do my hair, where we will look human and not like zombies! Going someplace without children's menus is the bonus.
*Extra cuddle time- there are times when we lose ourselves in the chaos of family and over burdened schedules. We plan to cuddle more, hug more, sneak upstairs for middle of the day naughtiness. Bonus- we consider this exercise- so the more it happens the more workout moments we will have.
2. FAMILY TIME
Between Scouts and school, city council meetings, work, soon soccer and whatever else the boys may busy themselves with- there never seems to be any time. So we decided to find a way to make family time!
*Craft day- we will grab a monthly craft and do it together as a family. Nothing says fun like making play dough or using paint!
*Game night- snacks and a board game! Teaming up against each other. It's always fun! Always.
*Make your own WHATEVER night!
Last year we made Calzones- we have made our own pizzas, and Taco Tuesday and Salad Bar Sundays have happened here. This year we plan on making bread and possibly our own raviolis! It shall happen. *Bonus* cooking as a family is always amusing, even just rolling meatballs.
Bonus- hanging out with my boys is always fun and the commentary is amusing!
3. SCOUT BLAST
I always set my feet down in September with grand plans, fun to be had. October is amazing, November is short but we fill it with Park Clean ups and learning about our flag, giving back to the community in Scout Fashion. December barely happens, two blinks and it's the Holiday party and in the rush of the season, it is quick and over with. Just a blink.
My plans for Scouts this year is the same as before. Fun and service, giving all I have to this program. I want to be more organized, better scheduled. Do all the things and hope for the best. I am starting this new year on the right footing. Organizing and cleaning out our storage room, so when we return in January my leaders can find supplies, so we know how many paper plates, napkins and cups we have. So I can find my ceremony candles and holders for the Blue and Gold dinner in February. So when the Pinewood Derby happens I can get our track out without pulling everything else out of the way.
Then the schedule! I have a full team of willing volunteers this year! We will make it a fantastic year! If hiccups happen, I will breath through them and know that it isn't the end of the world.
4. ME TIME
I was reprimanded recently by a dear friend, who told me it's time to put myself first. I admit I do this almost never. In my life, I considered me time playing on Facebook during the day or reading a few pages in a book at night. I don't even have the energy at times to take a shower at the end of the day and everyday stresses make me sick. I shut down completely and the only thing I give to myself is a headache and if I am lucky, a nap.
I don't even know what "Me time" means, let alone what to with it,if I got some. However, I will focus on myself at least five minutes a day. Take a moment to reflect and tell myself I am pretty awesome. I will start there. And if I get more than five minutes to paint my nails, take a tweezer to my eyebrows, grab a cup of tea and a book, I will. I will try anyway. No promises.
I cannot just write to write. When I do that I lose myself. My voice is not in the words I spew, but spew them I do. I have to schedule everything in life, but writing has never and will never be scheduled. I don't like deadlines on my writing, I don't like forcing myself to commit to writing, because it isn't how I write. However, my plans for the new year is to commit myself to my writing a bit more. To focus on pieces I haven't finished, to submit pieces to the bigger world of writing and see what happens.
I am my biggest critic. I find fault in myself, even when I know it is good, I stop myself from hitting publish. My plan- to put myself out there more. To not regret what I write and worry whether someone other than myself enjoys what I write.
Have a fantastic new year everyone!
What are your plans for 2015?