Personal Initiatives for 2016

I’m sure a lot of people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions. If you made a resolution to better yourself, keep going! I don’t really make resolutions, but there are a few personal initiatives I have for the new year.

1. Finish settling into the house.

My biggest pet peeve with the state of the new house is that there’s nothing on the walls yet. It’s nerve wracking to put the first holes in brand new drywall. For now, our large decorations are leaning against the walls roughly where we think we’ll want them and our smaller ones have either been stashed away or placed on a shelf. More than just decorating though, I’m looking forward to getting some additional organization systems in place, like adding shelves in the laundry room and putting up hooks. Settling in is also going to include putting in a yard, landscaping and either a deck or patio.

2. Be smarter about vegetables.

Typically the vegetable is the last part of the meal that I plan… last as in everything may already be cooked and on the plate before I think about vegetables. Usually we end up throwing spinach and tomatoes on the plate and calling it a salad. I want to make more use of our steamer and add variety to our vegetable options. Which really means I just need to get better at planning ahead!

3. Get back to carb counting well and better manage my diabetes. Continue reading

Desires for 2013

I don’t need to lose weight, stop smoking or most of the other typical resolutions. I haven’t really been a resolution person, so these are kind of resolutions, but more of things that I’ve decided I want when I looked ahead to a fresh new year.

1. Be more active, more often. It’s really easy in the winter to succumb to the desire to snuggle up on the couch with a good book, my husband and a couple of cute kitties because it makes me feel cozy. I don’t particularly enjoy snow after Christmas day, so outside activity is kept to a minimum. If my blood sugar is willing, I’ll take my book to the elliptical instead of the couch.

2. Be a more adventurous cook. I love trying new recipes, but every once in awhile I get stuck in a rut repeating the same few, easy, fast recipes. I’m proud to say I got a jump on the trying new recipes by making my first pork and sauerkraut New Year’s Day meal.

3. Be a better wife. I think in most relationships it’s possible to communicate better that you love, respect and appreciate the other person. Something I want to make sure I do better. We sometimes joke that I keep Brad around only because he can reach the cabinets above the stove. He knows that’s not true, but I could do a better job of saying thanks for everything he does.

4. Have less “stuff.” It’s really easy to become a pack rat when you have the space to store things. The first order of business is the winter wardrobe clean out. If it doesn’t fit, has damage I can’t repair or I can’t remember when I wore it last… it goes. Same for Brad. I’ll keep one pair of tattered jeans and a couple of old shirts on shelf in the basement for projects that could ruin clothing.

5. Celebrate the good things. When something is good, it deserves to be celebrated. Celebrations don’t just need to be saved for birthdays or anniversaries.

What are some of the things that you want to do or be in 2013?

This will serve as my January entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information here