I tend to make long resolution lists. My mother, God bless her, doesn't need a day on the calendar to start fresh or make a change, but for me it helps — they're more like goals for me, not resolutions. Here's this year's list (food related only, of course), because apparently I can't go for long without listing SOMETHING!
- Stick to my new budget, which I outlined on my last day of vacation (not fun, but I give myself props because this year I think it's much more realistic), especially when it comes to grocery shopping — and I printed a coupon yesterday for The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half. I even made my own reusable master grocery list after trying out Real Simple's and realizing that no, I don't need to replenish my stash of soda and frozen pizzas every time I hit the market. Because if I have a list, you can bet I'm going to get everything on it!
- Exercise "most" days of the week, with a minimum of yoga alone.
- Start putting my baby plans into motion — going green, wasting less, going as "natural" as possible, stressing less (wow, this is a list in and of itself!), no fear — because I really shouldn't wait for the baby to come to get started on all of this! I like Dr Oz's idea of eating things that most closely resemble their original form — so the longest section of my master grocery list is by far in the produce aisle.
- Involve my husband more in decision-making — especially when it comes to food shopping and paying the bills. I can use all the help I can get, and he's actually pretty decent in the kitchen!
- Recognize wants versus needs — while it's often difficult to apply this ideal in the moment, I'm hoping that if I post my resolution list in my home office this year and look at it every day (I'll have to jazz it up a bit first so it's legible) it will stick a bit more, from Papa John's cheese bread to pricey baby clothes.
- MAKE more! My cool friend Cheryl has done what not even Martha Stewart could do — got me interested in crafting. Of course I'd like to make my own tree topper since I don't have one, some stocking hooks which I also don't have, garland, a stocking for baby, maybe some summery coasters — but I'm also looking forward to making my own granola/bars, almond butter and bread. And you'll get to hear how they all turn out, trust me!
- Don't procrastinate. (Funny how this one came last.) This goes for phone calls, organizing, ironing and — gasp — doing the dishes. I'm ashamed to admit to how long I usually let them sit, so if I allow myself to try out lots of new recipes in 2010 I have to balance it out with washing up the baking sheets and the food processor right after. Time to whip out my baking soda, vinegar and lemons and get my green cleaning on!