Last year I shared my resolutions for 2015 and how I was going to keep them. For the record, I kept two out of three, which I reckon is pretty darn good seeing as the majority of people fail within the first few weeks of the year!
The resolution I failed to keep was to do with writing regularly. I blogged away quite contentedly over 2015 but probably only wrote a few hundred words of the novel I need to get out of my head. And I’m okay with that. The truth is that writing my novel required the sort of mental energy I simply didn’t have after a day spent running around after my two tots (who are only 18 months apart in age).
This year I couldn’t be faffed with any of that resolution malarkey. Sure, I will try to bash out that novel this year, but if that doesn’t happen again, well there’s always time when my kids have left home, right?
I do however, love the clean slate that the new year brings, and I like to be very intentional about how I live my life. Before 2015 came to an end I toyed with the idea some bright spark had of having one word to describe how I would like 2016 to unfold. Many people do this, using words like ‘passion’ or ‘travel’ or ‘breathe’ etc. I couldn’t narrow it down to one word, so I am greedily using two.
Outside and Move.
They kind of relate to each other in a way, but aren’t quite the same, if you follow me.
I am not a naturally outdoorsy sort of person, but being a stay-at-home-mum means I suffer frequent bouts of cabin fever. After spending far too many sunny days indoors at various playgroups I decided last year I had had enough of INSIDE. I wanted OUTSIDE more than Michael Schofield. Outside is still my mantra for 2016.
This year I will continue on with only turning up to certain playgroups if the weather is really rotten, or if there is something special going on.
I also want my kids to know that the world doesn’t stop just because it’s raining. This year I will buy rain trousers like my tots have so I have no excuse to not be outside in all sorts of weather too. We have wetlands and reserves around Whanganui that are perfect for exploring any time of year, no matter the weather.
Sausage will be attending a Forest Kindy one day a week this year, which I hope will help her learn her own physical boundaries (she’s not a high energy kid) and instill respect for our environment. And I want her to have a grand old time just playing!
Anyway, the upshot of it is, I want my kids and I to be outside as much as possible this year. Now, it’s all very well to have good intentions, but I need to take certain steps to make sure they happen. One was coming up with a list of outside things to do as a family. This grew into sort of a ‘family fun day’ list so I drew up this:
Not all of these things are outside, but most of them are. And most of them are free. We have already ticked one off (which funnily enough, was one of the inside things to do, har har.). I’ve put the list in a prominent place in our kitchen where it calls to me like the Sirens calling to Odysseus. ‘Come on Angela, have fun Angela. Let’s do all the fun things NOW’.
Having it in my face is the perfect recipe to get me to actually schedule all these things. By schedule, I don’t mean I will sit down an assign specific dates to x, y and z, but rather if we are at a loose end I can see what’s left on the list to do, or if we have a free weekend and the weather cooperates we can choose what to do.
MOVE is related to how we do things.
We finally bought a bike trailer, so I can take the kids on the myriad of little trips needed each week, and I get some incidental exercise. It means we can finally sell the second car we don’t need. Our ‘outside’ family trips will get us moving, and hopefully our kids will get the message that moving and challenging our bodies is a natural part of life.
D and I are going to take a dance class (rock and roll) this year. D has excellent rhythm for a bloke and he didn’t run screaming when I made the suggestion, so this bodes well.
D kindly bought me a Fitbit, which after reading Gretchen Rubin’s book on habit formation, Better than Before, I decided would suit my personality as a way to monitor my exercise. And flippin’ heck, does it what! I LOVE it. I have friends who also have Fitbits and beating their number of steps everyday is so much fun. My Fitbit has made me aware of how sedentary I can be at times (like when sitting down to write a blog post), and I can use it to track my daily exercise sessions, my sleep and my eating too. At any given time you may now see me marching as I cut up veges for dinner, or dancing around like a loon with my tots, singing “Must beat J, must beat J”.
In fact, I need to get my steps in now, so see ya!