(Realistic) New Year’s Resolutions for Busy Moms

new year's resolutions for busy moms

We are only a week into the new year, and all the buzz right now are new year’s resolutions. Let’s be honest – even if you are the type to completely dismiss the notion of a new year’s resolution (I am), it is interesting to note what drives people to change at the stroke of midnight. Statistically, only about 8% of Americans actually keep their resolutions for the year, so instead of making vast goals that do not fit our lifestyle or personality, how about keeping things realistic, such as:

* I plan to either lose five pounds or gain five pounds this year. As a mom of three whose weight has fluctuated after having her third, this keeps me in a good, healthy weight for my body. And either way, you’ve met a goal!

* I will not be learning a new craft this year. Sorry, sewing machine. You look snug and cozy up there in the attic, packed away. But this year is all about being who I am and loving what is going on currently. I don’t think this is the year to fit you in.

* I will be running approximately zero marathons this year. I am not a runner. Never will be. Come and cheer me on as I walk up from our barn or move our pig pen two feet to the left. Those are strenuous enough for me. Too bad they don’t give out medals for farming. But chasing your kids at the park, pushing your stroller up a steep hill, or making fifty trips from the van to the kitchen with grocery bags totally counts as exercise.

* I will not be drinking the recommended eight 8oz. glasses of water a day. I do not have gills. And my coffee totally counts as water. It is MADE with water.

* This year is the year where I begin to graciously accept a compliment when someone says something sweet to me about my parenting or my children. Words are a gift. Be grateful.

* This year my phone will be gathering dust as I read more, pray more, and play more with friends. Your kids are super cute on Facebook, but even more precious in real life. Nothing compares to face to face interaction. Everyone needs community.

* I resolve NOT to change the core of who I am, but love the person I am becoming.

This year? Stop trying to change who you are. Be in love with all of the strengths you currently possess, and stop adding more stressful, unrealistic goals to your already full life. Let it go. This year is going to rock.

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10 Responses to (Realistic) New Year’s Resolutions for Busy Moms

  1. Kimberly January 7, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    This is great!! Especially the “approximately zero marathons” part!! 🙂 I admit though, I will be trying to lose 40 pounds and I have pulled out my sewing machine so I can start my handmade business. But I guess they’re not really resolutions, just something I need to do.

    • Christie Elkins January 8, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

      Those are amazing goals!! I hope your business has great success! That way, all of us non-sewing folk out there can purchase beautiful things from those who have the talent 🙂

  2. Nikki Sughrue January 7, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    After paying me a compliment that I basically refused to accept, the mother of one of my dearest friends told me “You need to be a gracious receiver, dear.” And I’ve never forgotten that. Compliments are indeed gifts and you would never slam someone’s gift to the floor or throw it out the window…unless you are my two year old then all bets are off:)

    Good luck on your realistic goals and thanks for sharing!

    • Christie Elkins January 8, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

      Nikki I LOVE this. A “gracious receiver” is something we all can work on becoming!

  3. bre January 7, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    I resolved to be more me this year. More reading. More coffee drinking. More picture taking. More movie watching. Stuff I love doing is priority! And ditto 0 marathons!!!

    • Christie Elkins January 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

      Bre? I think you are the sister I never had 🙂

  4. Cassie @Kent Heartstrings January 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    So great, love this honest list! Thanks for sharing Christie!

  5. sheree johnson January 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Love this Christie! I was just reading my devotion & saw a verse I’d never really ‘heard’ before…(which is a goal of mine, to ‘take time to take it all in’)! But it goes along with the accepting compliments! …with the ‘confidence’ that you’re a good mom!!!

    ‘Do not throw away your CONFIDENCE, which is a great REWARD’ Hebrews 10:35
    How great is that! and it’s followed by …
    ‘For you have a NEED of ENDURANCE, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised’ Hebrews 10:36
    REALLY?!?!? We’re SUPPOSE to have confidence!!! and we all know we have a NEED of endurance when we have kids!!!

    This shows me that there’s a difference in Confidence & Pride!!! What a blessing!!!

    s-

    • Christie Elkins January 8, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

      Sheree, I am SO thankful that we met!! And I am writing both of these verses down right now as we speak. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me!!

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