Saturday, January 3, 2015

Who Has Time for New Year's Resolutions???

I just finished reading one of my favorite blogs, Homemakers Daily. In it, Patty shared that she doesn't make resolutions because "her plate is full" right now. I don't know why this resonated with me, but it did.

Since the week after Christmas folks have been posting their resolutions/goals/"word of the year" all over social media. I've seen great resolutions and goals (I really can't grasp the whole "word of the year" thing, but kudos to those who make it work!). Despite a lot of inspiration nothing has really resonated with me as far as resolutions. Sure, I have more, get in shape, eat better, be a better mom, be a better wife, etc. - but nothing measurable. Nothing I want to make a full blown resolution.

I've noted some things that I need/want to do to make better use of my time. The biggest thing has been giving up my knitting hobby. While this may not seem like a big deal I can't recall giving up a hobby as an adult. I've boxed up my yarn, needles, everything to give to a family member who is just getting started in the hobby. I'm not going to lie, it's going to be hard to send all of that stuff out the door because I spent a lot of money on it.  But it was getting to the point that I didn't enjoy the craft anymore. Unfinished projects loomed over my head and I had a hard time getting myself into a mentality where I enjoyed picking up my needles to knit. Life is too short to waste time on something that doesn't bring me joy.

I've also pared down the blogs I follow. Each time I fired up my laptop I would see 400+ blog posts I hadn't read. That stressed me out. It felt like one more thing I was falling behind in doing. I read blogs because I LIKE them. They shouldn't cause me stress. So I pared down my RSS feed to five blogs. That doesn't mean I don't read others, I just couldn't manage the number of posts on my feed when I was following 25 different blogs. Next on my list is to reduce the number of channels I follow on YouTube.

So what about you? Do you make resolutions? Goals? Have a "word of the year?" I'd love to hear your thoughts on my resolution to not make a resolution. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!