I never make resolutions. There is something about setting goals that I don't accomplish and feeling like a failure every December 31st when I realized how little I actually did. I also think that the less I expect from a year, the better the year becomes. There is very little disappointment when you just let life happen and enjoy the moments for what they are.
Last year, we set up some general goals, like getting our bathroom renovated. Luckily for all of us, that one came true.
Since I don't make resolutions however, I thought the idea of writing down all of the resolutions I don't plan on keeping would make me feel a lot better about myself. My top 10 would have to be...
10. Exercise more. I used to run everyday. Then I had a baby and got lazy and stopped. I never picked it up again. I would love to someday, but I think perma-laziness has set in.
9. Eat better. I actually eat pretty healthy already but I could never give up my guilty pleasures - such as chocolate croissants or diet coke. Life is much better when you enjoy it every once in a while.
8. Clean more. I hate cleaning with a passion. I do it out of obligation because living in filth is frowned upon. However, if anyone wanted to come and clean my house for me, I would have no complaints.
7. Stop being such a procrastinator.
6. De-clutter. We live in a small European apartment and I feel like we add more stuff than get rid of. I would love to get rid of half of the things we have but don't use, but see #7 as to why I haven't just yet.
5. Take more pictures. I love all of those project 365 or 52 challenges, but I hate taking my camera places. And even when I take it, I forget to use it. I should just be grateful we have any pictures of our kids at all.
4. Potty-training. We've tried, we've failed. I hold no hopes for 2012. Maybe I'll let his wife worry about this someday.
3. Spend less time on the internet. I think the longest I've gone is 2 days and I had withdrawals.
2. Update my wardrobe. I still have clothes in my closet from the beginning of the decade. I think it's time to let those go, or maybe I'll just wait until they come back in style.
1. Make more of an effort to learn French. It is amazing that I've managed to live nearly 4 years in France with my level of French. Luckily Nathan's French is quickly improving and he will soon be able to correct my terrible grammar.
If any of these "should" happen to come true, we'll call it a great year. And if not, well I wasn't holding my breath.