On My Mind: Reviewing 2011 Non-Resolutions

At the beginning of the year, I declared that I had some New Year Non-Resolutions. As I’ve been considering my ambitions for 2012, it has been on my mind to review how successful/unsuccessful I’ve been in 2011.

2011 Non-Resolution #1Watch Less TV. Achieved! Not surprisingly, since the arrival of the triplets I have watched very little TV! Who would have known at the beginning of the year that this would be the major reason I would turn the telly off for! But seriously, I have spent less time in front of the television, even though I did sit and watch it a fair bit while big, fat, pregnant and resting. However, I made an effort to read more this year, and not get into as many television series. This has meant handing The Accountant the remote, which means he watches his incredibly boring shows, which has really helped me not watch the TV!

2011 Non-Resolution #2 – Make Things. Pass! (Only just.) I started strong, in January I made a superhero cape for my nephew. Aparrantly he loves it.

I told J Boy I would also make him one. Still incomplete. In fact, I got so inspired at the time, that I bought fabric to make for a host of other children. I’d still like to get it done, but we’ll see… I didn’t get the crochet blanket finished. I’m up to piecing it together. Really ought to finish it…

The other things I made was bunting. I have discovered that I love making bunting! I also made owl bunting for my baby shower. It now hangs in the triplet’s nursery.

2011 Non-Resolution #3 – Journal More  Fail!!! I bought a lovely journal at the beginning of the year. But I only did smatterings of entries. I’m not sure what will happen in 2012…
2011 Non-Resolution #4 – Use Stuff Up Success! To be truthful, I got rid of a lot of things at the beginning of the year, not by using it, but rather by giving it away. It seemed ridiculous that after the floods in January there were people without anything that could benefit from the creams, deodorants and lotions that I had been considering a chore to use up. So I gave it away. I thought I had a lot of deodorants, which I did, but I didn’t realise that – oh.my.goodness.hand.cream.excesses. I hope that many hands that were rebuilding their homes and communities benefited from a moment of creamy softness. Oh yes, in case you are wondering: I’m still working on using up Nana’s 16 year old deodorant. I have to give credit to Avon, it still smells good. But my goodness, I’ve tried so hard to use it up, I think I’ve under a quarter left. One bottle I entirely enjoyed using up was Chanel’s Allure, Sensuelle. The pleasure was all mine. (Although The Accountant expressed enjoyment when I wore it also. Maybe the name transferred to practise…)

So stay tuned for my new goals of 2012. For starters I think I’ll resolve that I’m going to declare that I’m making New Year Resolutions. Because, really, who was I kidding when I said, “non-resolutions”?
This post has been linked to Down to Earth.

So, did you make 2011 resolutions? How did you succeed/fail at meeting the criteria?

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A New Year Non-Resolution

In my early 20’s I was big on New Years Resolutions. I would write out detailed and comprehensive lists that would cover every aspect of my life from university, home life, love life and spiritual life. I would then forget about them by February and then towards the end of the year reflect on the fact that I didn’t achieve many of my resolutions. So my New Year Year’s resolution became to stop making resolutions.

Sadly, I broke that resolution as well.

I soon realised that it’s perfectly healthy to contemplate the New Year. In fact it’s beneficial. It is necessary for the development of our character to be in a constant process of identifying areas that we can improve. One of the reasons I don’t like labelling a “New Years Resolution” is that in fact it shouldn’t be just at New Year that we are making goals to achieve. In reality, it’s a year long process, and when we see that our original goal was unachievable, instead of abandoning it, we should be readjusting it. Success is a step by step process.

But there is just something about the New Year that energises you to become better. There is a feeling of optimism and the feeling that this year the world is able to be conquered. Why not take that renewed feeling of resolve to propel you into the year?

I read some New Year Resolutions recently on a favourite blog of mine. (See here) It inspired me to write this post. There is something about making your inner resolve public to give you a bit more motivation to not slack off.

I’m still not making New Years Resolutions though.

But here’s my New Year Ambitions

1. Watch Less TV.
I love TV. There’s just something so relaxing about blobbing out in front of the couch each night. Normally with the lap top these days. The Accountant, with his male frame of reference, can’t understand how I can cruise the Internet at the same time as watching the telly. But being female I do, and it brings me great satisfaction.

It also wastes time.

So, I am thinking if I can tape what I want to watch and save them to watch without ads only a few times a week, I should have more time to blog, and not just read blogs, write my magazine articles instead of procrastinating or ‘researching’ (essentially the same thing as procrastinating when done in front of the TV.) More time to tidy up. I haven’t made this confession on my blog yet, but I’m an awful housewife. Housework does not come naturally to me. More of that later…maybe.

2. Make Things

I often observe that many stay at home Mum’s reach the pinnacle of their craftiness. (And that’s not just being able to outwit small children.) The advantage of doing some crafts now is that your eyesight is a lot better then if you save it to do it all when you are retired. Plus there are gazillions of cute things to make for kids.

I told The Accountant about this plan. You’d think he’d be happy. It should save lots of money. Instead he scoffed. He has no faith in me and made reference to previous unfinished projects and claims in the long run it costs rather than saves money.

He does have point. So if I can make two things, I’ve achieved my ambition of make things (plural).

So, when I do watch TV, I’m going to turn the Internet off and continue with a forsaken project: the granny squares.

My mother always used to crochet as we grew up. My 3 siblings and I all had crocheted blankets on our beds, as well as on Mum’s, the spare room, and then she started making them for family friends and babies.

A few years ago I decided I should learn the skill. It was a lot easier than I thought. Mum always had said she did it because it was easy. Crocheting seems so much more impressive before you learn. I’m still impressed with Mum’s handiwork though. She’s made some gorgeous blankets over the year in great colour combos. Plus she is a bit more advanced then just granny squares. I crocheted a blanket for my mother-in-law for Christmas in 2008.

In 2010 I decided to make a blanket for the J Bomb’s bed. Unfortunately the project stalled when I hit a busy patch with my casual job. When I got less busy, I discovered I lost my crochet hook. I searched and searched to no avail, so pushed the project aside and I’ve kind of forgotten about it. So that would have to be on the to-do list this year. Thankfully I found the hook during a Christmas tidy up. Currently I’ve done 38 granny squares. I figure I’m going to need 99, so I’ve still a bit to go yet. Primary colours is the colour scheme and I’m planning to do a black border. 
I’ve also got a little project underway at the moment for my nephew’s birthday. I’ll blog about it if it’s worthy! (And completed)
3. Journal More
This is an ambition to help foster my spiritual life.
I love journalling, but I’ve slacked off the last few years and journalling has become very sporadic. I went through a period where I did it every time I read the Bible, but I found that sometimes I didn’t read the Bible just because I didn’t have time to journal. (Especially since I became a Mum.) So I eased up on myself and thought it was better to at least read the Bible even if I didn’t write down how God was speaking to me. I suppose you just get out of the habit, so I’d like to get a bit better with that again. I find it can sometimes help arrange my thoughts more clearly when I journal.
Our pastor had a brilliant message on Sunday at church about instead making a resolution to “read the Bible more” you should “read the Bible better”. I will definitely be applying some of his suggestions into my Bible reading as I journal too.
4. Use Stuff Up
I keep getting smelly stuff (nice smells!)as gifts, which is fine, I love smelly stuff, particularly body wash and body moisturiser! I L-O-V-E the feel of mosituriser and how soft your skin is afterwards, plus the scent seems to linger longer on body with matching body wash and moisturiser. Good quality perfume is also a favourite of mine.
However, I keep on using the brands I like, and the brands I’m not as fond as keep getting put aside. Take exhibit A.

I think my Nana gave this deodorant to me when I was 15. That’s over half a lifetime ago. (My lifetime to date that is…) I should add that I have used up many deodorants since I was 15, and this one smells nice, but I’m not in love with it, and I’m not the hugest fan of roll ons. Which is a shame, because I keep getting them as gifts. (Do you think I should be concerned I keep getting given deodorant?) I’ve got a huge stockpile that I really need to work through. No buying aerosols, sticks or crystals this year unless I use up the 6 roll ons! Probably won’t happen, (using them all up) I’m not a huge deodorant user. I just don’t get that bad with underarm odour except in the middle of summer. Although, maybe I’m smellier than I think. Maybe that’s why I keep given new ones? Sobering thought.

I’ve also got a lot of powder to use up.

Anyone made up some resolutions of have ambitions they like to share? Or is there anyone else out there with a stockpile of unused goods in your bathroom cupboard? (Please tell me I’m not the only one!)
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!

I love starting a New Year. So full of hope and expectations of what the year will bring. We spent New Years Eve with friends. We had dinner at the local tavern with 2 other couples and 5 kids. Then one couple and their kids headed home with us. We put the five kids to bed and the grown ups drank cocktails until the New Year began.

1.1.11 started with a lovely big cooked breakfast and then at midday took the kids to the local pool for a swim. Then we blobbed around the house for the rest of the day. Nice start to the year.

I’ve just finished filling in my calendar for the year. I love getting new calendars!  It’s always nice to see it all blank and empty and wonder what will be filling in those days throughout the year. We normally get a travel calendar. The Accountant and I are travel bugs, so it’s always nice to see pictures throughout the year of places we have been that brings back good memories or salivate over places we would like to visit in the future. 2010 was a Lonely Planet Calendar. 2011 is a Europe calendar and has lots of photos of places we have visited, so there’ll be a few trips down memory lane (eg. Paris, Prague, Budapest…) as well as some wishful thinking for some new place (such a Berlin)

If anyone is needing calendar tips, I’ve developed a good system over the years! Colour coding is the name of the game! All birthdays/wedding anniversaries are written in red. That way it’s easy to see when they are coming up and take appropriate action! Our family has several birthdays on the first day of the month. I’ve found that it’s necessary to write a note somewhere down the bottom of the month prior to their birthday. eg. Remember Dad Bdy June 1. Otherwise you turn the calendar 3 days into the month and realise you should have sent something in the mail for 2 weeks prior!

The J Bomb starts kindy this year and will be going Thurs, Fri. and alternate Wednesdays. I know the alternate Wed. has potential to confuse me so I have gone through the whole year and coloured in the Kindy days with a yellow highlighter.

This now leaves all the squares (you got to have squares!) ready to scribble in the events and times as they come up! I always love looking at the month before I turn the page. It always makes me feel good when there is most of the squares filled in!

Anyone else have good calendar strategies they would like to share?

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