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A new way to Resolutionize

I always look forward to the New Year. It offers us a cleansing. An anticipation of new and wonderful things that are yet to come. For those of us who have had a terrible year, the drop of the ball gives one a new hope and energy to look for change. I have experienced all of these emotions and being a true list maker and organizer I'm all about resolutions. In the Scott foresman dictionary resolutions is defined as a "thing decided on; thing determined." It also says "a breaking into parts or components." When those of us write down our lists of wonderful and fulfilling things we want to accomplish in the following year, we tend to exaggerate our capabilities to initiate change. My list from a couple years ago is a prime example of simply expecting too much with to many unknowns lying ahead. My 3 children were all under the age of 5 and my list looked a little something like this. 1. Be an even better loving and supportive wife. 2. Find some me time. 3. Practice patience with the kids. 4. Join health club and get a killer body. As you may have noticed I did quite a bit of generalizing and by the looks of item number 4 had high expectations. According to the dictionary I did accomplish the "thing decided on" but I did not "break into parts or components". I also needed to look at the big picture. I joined the health club in the spring. While my son was at preschool and the girls were tucked away in the childcare center, I took off in my hot body pursuit. In the beginning I was all gung-ho and seeing results until the summertime came and my oldest wasn't so excited about going to the childcare. I went less and less. Then when he entered kindergarten and my daughter started preschool. I was doing so much dropping off and picking up, plus with my weekly errands. I haven't gone to work out in months. Thus the end of my hot body for the time being. My New Years resolution according to the dictionary definition should have looked something like this. 1. Be an even better loving wife by etching out time to hear about his day and greeting him with a smile and a kiss. 2. Find some me time by getting a sitter so I can run errands, get coffee with a friend with out loading anyone in and out of car seats. Arranging time with my husband so I can go for a walk or to a movie with a friend. 3. Practice patience with the kids by getting some me time! 4. Go to the gym two mornings a week for one hour. Pick up kids in workout clothes no big deal. Take shower during someone's naptime or Dora. Just by adding some more details on how you will execute your resolutions you will have reachable goals. So, since we have rung in the New Year, sit down and make of list of 5 things (yes 5) that you want to accomplish this year and how you are going to do it. If you are not to overwhelm ed go ahead and add a couple more. Remember you can always add to the list as you go. If going to the gym two times a week for one hour works out for me. I can try and go 3. Our situations are always changing and our resolutions should be flexible and reachable. In this next year I may not have the Hollywood standard of a hot body, but I will feel and look healthy. That makes a better mom, friend, and partner. That is what I am determined to do.

posted on: 1/3/2008 10:00:00 AM by Julie Verleger
category: Homes

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Home Organizing, Week By Week

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Julie Verleger is the founder of Organized Home, Inc. "Organizing is in my DNA. Both my parents were teachers and my father served in the Marines" The "inherited organizer" specializes in the home, office, relocation and downsizing. Organized Home, Inc. services West Michigan and the Chicago area. Julie lives in Grand Rapids Michigan with her husband and 3 children.

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