New Year’s Resolutions (For a Mom Who Doesn’t Keep New Year’s Resolutions)

Last year, I made a PowerPoint presentation of my New Year’s resolutions. I also made an Excel spreadsheet of all of the chores I was going to keep up with. There were sections for daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual chores. Lol. I can’t remember what was on them, because I haven’t looked at either of them in at least 6 months. I guess I could have looked at them as research for this post, but that would probably just make me feel inadequate. So this year, I’m going with the anti-New Year’s resolution list.resolutions

Here are a few things that I would pretty much really sort of like to do in 2018:

  • Keep the average mpg in my minivan above 20. You’re probably like really? That’s the first thing? That’s even a thing? You betcha. I switched from a CRV to a minivan a month ago. My new favorite game is to increase my average. It has dramatically improved my driving. You should try it.
  • Drink more water than soda. I lost weight in 2016. I gained weight in 2017. I figure if I can at least drink more water than soda in 2018, it will be a step in the right direction.
  • Spend the hours between 9 pm and 11 pm reading more often than scrolling through Facebook. In those blissful”ish” hours between my daughter going to sleep and me going to sleep, I hope to read more and be jealous of other people’s lives a little less.
  • Learn to like kale. Just kidding. That will never happen.
  • Plan and execute at least one holiday craft with my daughter. I always have good intentions, but I think I can actually pull this off this year. I’ll make it Valentine’s Day so I can check it off the list soon. 
  • Clean the toilets on the maid’s off weeks. Better yet, teach my 5 year old to do that. And let’s get real for a second. Hiring a maid to come every other week has dramatically improved my quality of life. If I had to pick between groceries and the maid, we’d be eating rice and beans. 
  • Find an exercise routine I like enough to do at least twice a week. Or every two weeks. Or at all.
  • Eat fewer beignets. No, that’s not powdered sugar on my shirt!
  • Host more game nights. Game night is always so fun in theory. I bet it would be even better in practice.
  • Hug more, yell less. Because whoever got the reaction they wanted from screaming “Calm down!” at anyone?

I think these are all pretty doable for a busy mom. What do you think? Do you make and keep New Year’s Resolutions or forget them before the champagne buzz wears off?

Ashley grew up in Joplin, Missouri and attended the University of Arkansas where she earned a degree in Finance and Insurance. She met her husband, Jason, in Fayetteville and they have one daughter, Etta Mae. They moved to Baton Rouge in 2013 for Jason's job with the LSU Tigers. Ashley is an extroverted introvert who loves Ted Talks, following politics on Twitter, and figuring out how to get the best deals on everything without paying shipping. If it were up to her, she would get paid to read books and take every college class so that she could learn everything about everything, but instead she pays the bills by working in recruiting for a multinational tech company. Ashley is blessed to have a daughter who is at least as stubborn as she is and a husband who is laid back enough to put up with both of them.

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