It’s resolution time. It seems every year I’ve got the same resolutions. This year was a very successful year, with a lot of hours put in, work-life wise – and upcoming this year, I want to spend more time reading with the kids, more time unplugged, more time deep in conversation, with more date nights and continue to tweak the work-life balance thing.
Cuba, Montreal, Backcountry Camping, Tofino and Iceland are in our travel goals this year. This year, I want to buy less and experience more, stashing the money that we usually spend on the ‘stuff’ away for travel. I want to take a few weekends with just Jamie and I at one of our favourite places, Canmore. To document our travel adventures, you can follow this big adventure.
FIND AN ACTIVITY I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT
I enjoy biking on trails in the spring before it gets too hot and after it gets too cold – but come the rest of the seasons, there really hasn’t been anything that I’ve fallen in love with. Coming up next month, I want to find something that I’m passionate about, so we’re going to be trying a few new fitness classes to see if there’s something that I can fall in love with.
Through the past couple of weeks we’ve donated six bags of clothes and extra things we’ve had around the house, sold enough things that we weren’t using to cover the spending money for an upcoming vacation and felt like I was again able to breathe – because we’ve gotten rid of some of the things that were in the way. Plus, the stopping of buying things? That means more money for traveling.
UP MY LUNCH GAME
Olivia’s lunches lately have included a whole lot of fig bars, granola bars, oranges, lunchables and ordering quiznos to be delivered to her school for lunchtime. December was busy, what can I say? The goal for 2016 is to make better, more exciting lunches.
MORE MAKING OUT
That one’s easy, and it’s easy to forget to do it more. Here’s to more PDAs and quick make out sessions while we’re doing the boring stuff, like laundry, in 2016. It’s good for everyone – and a damn good resolution because I think I get distracted by the everyday, quite easily, and forget to focus on Jamie and I until it’s the last thing on my list sometimes.
KEEP SAYING NO
Through the last part of this year, I learned a new skill – saying no to things. Saying no to engagements that I wasn’t fully into, but felt obligated to go to, to opportunities to collaborate where I wasn’t being compensated, to things that really didn’t matter to my everyday life. It’s my goal to say no to more in 2016, so I can say yes to more things that matter.
F O C U S
I get distracted easily, causing me to feel like I’m not fully maximizing my time. This year? I’m going to nail the focus.
WRITE DOWN MORE
Share more memories, more moments and start writing notes to the kids through the memory emails I’ve set up for them, at least three times weekly, to add to the memories they can treasure when they’re older.
And that, that’s about it. Nothing lofty, nothing too out of the ordinary, just a few resolutions to better life.