What a year! I can’t believe how time flies; I so remember when my parents or aunts/uncles would say “boy, how the time flies” and never really understood what it meant. Until now. I think popping kids out of your vajayjay or in my case cut through my stomach, training for an endurance race (triathlon, half or full marathon) are true indicators on how fast time flies. My oldest son will be eight this year, WTF?
I’m sure there are other indicators but this is what does it for me.
Anyhoo… I certainly learned a lot this year, it was for me, a year of personal growth, and since I’m all about honesty, and it seems that my theme for this year was “owning my crap”, I unfortunately grew physically as well and successfully packed on ten pounds… mother effferrr! mother effffeerrrrrr!! Moving on, owning it.
Nevertheless, this is what I learned in 2011:
1) I’ve learned that you can’t control crazy, whether the crazy is your son throwing a tantrum because you didn’t make his oatmeal right, or it’s some nut-case on line at the grocery store – I can’t control anyone’s actions but my own, so I sit back, relax, and let crazy happen, oh, and get my child to clean up the oatmeal thrown on the floor – owning my crap and moving on.
2) 20 minutes, that’s all it takes, 20 minutes of attention – play time, reading, going to the park and my children will stop screaming my name at the top of their lungs, owing parenthood, and being present, putting down the damn dishes, and the iphone! I realized this late …yea, wish this beauty hit me in the face in January.
3) When I made a mistake whether big, small or TREMENDOUS with ANYONE – I learned to own it, and own it right away. If I’m not forgiven… it’s not my problem I owned it and I have no control over anyone’s feelings or reactions. See above.
4) I can accomplish anything… if I owned my responsibilities, I was able to train and finish two half marathons, cross the finish line at two triathlons, run seven 5K’s and one 10K; I also got published, continued to raise two happy children which means I can do anything I set my mind to even while I wrangle those two happy slappy kids, work full time, and try to manage a home – even though I don’t clean it as much as I should. I still can do anything I set my mind to. Owning the dirty house too!
5) If I want to change my life – to be a better parent, make time for the hubby, write more, get published and paid (so I can hire a cleaning lady, I fricking HATE to clean), run more, Tri more, get organized, lose weight, start yoga, clean my house, blog more, become a brand ambassador, be a better person, become a spin instructor (a late 2012- early 2013 goal)…it’s up to me to do it and to own it; change starts with me and only me.
This year, 2011, I’ve learned to own it… my life, my actions, to be honest with myself and those around me.
As 2012 quickly approaches…I usually don’t “do” New Year’s Resolution but this year, I am.
I’m going to throw caution to the wind.
So what are my resolutions? See number five above.
Do you do resolutions? Share them! If not, why?