Now that I’ve covered the posts and pictures of 2014, it’s onto 2015 and all my hopes and dreams for the coming year. I blogged my 2013 resolutions and my 2014 resolutions so it only makes sense to keep a running tally of my successes and failures. This year, rather than being overly philosophical, I’ve just created a simple checklist. I will save the virtue and character study for Lent or simply accept that I will always yell at my children and have an overly sarcastic tone to my voice.
But before I get to the resolutions, I must reveal my beast of the year. The manticore served me well, though admittedly did nothing to curb my temper. This year, I’ve chosen the Jaberwocky, because who can’t use a little more mimsy and mome raths outgrabe? I feel this choice also gives me freedom to brillig my writing and increase my snicker-snack ability, exponentially.
I’ve also chose a new saint for the year. I don’t believe I’ve shared mine in the past but this year I got St. John Bosco. As he is the patron of all fairly non-traumatic things, I feel pretty safe.
For a first, I’ve also chosen a word of the year. Originally, I chose a beast of the year because I felt selecting just a word was lame. But every so often God beats me over the head with something and recently it was the word “gratitude”. I think He’s onto something. How about a coat of arms?
I must admit, that makes me chortle with joy.
Now onto the actual resolutions, and less frumious Bandersnatch.
- Organize our digital photo collection and create a family year book for 2015, and hopefully a few past years. Our desktop is ancient, and while we have everything backed up, we’ve acquired a HUGE collection of photos. I’ve also clogged up my iPod with a staggering amount of pictures. I want to organize everything so we can easily enjoy, and more quickly access, our collection of potty training and naked bath time pictures for when guests arrive unexpectedly.
- Do a Whole 30 during Lent…so technically it will be a whole 40. I will be easing my way into this before Ash Wednesday so I don’t instantly die. This is just a small part of me adopting a “healthy lifestyle”, or at least defining what healthy means to me, in 500 words or less. I’ve also finished reading Move Your DNA and am fascinated with incorporating it into my life. Our family recently got a YMCA membership so hopefully we can all get healthier and not die together. (I can’t even imagine how joy-filled our home will become in the near future.)
- Buy a beach house and move to the beach. (This one is admittedly a bit of a long shot.)
- Have a garage sale. A.K.A. get rid of a ton of crap. I’m going to weed out stuff like moving to the beach is a real possibility and not a pumpkin spice liquor fueled fantasy.
- Book some more speaking gigs. I’m looking to try out some material and am willing to waive travel expenses for anyone who wants me to come speak within the next three months within the Philly, NYC or DC area. Say you saw me before I become the next big thing! Kelly Mantoan: big mouth, has planner; will travel, design work extra.
- I need to bring in outside help, like nursing, but since insurance won’t cover nursing, I need something affordable like, maybe fairies? I know there’s some state programs to look into but I HATE dealing with state programs which is why I haven’t done too much inquiry up to this point. I would rather wait in line three hours to ride Space Mountain and have someone repeatedly throw up on me during the entire ride while a hot poker was jabbed in my eye, than have to deal with applying for another state program. BUT- gratitude, so I’m just thankful that they’re might be a way to pay for outside assistance and I can’t wait to offer up all the time it takes to get the boys the care they need. Callooh Callay!
Got any new years resolutions? Did you outline them in your new planner??? Share a few in the comments! We can motivate each other when the going gets manxome.