goodbye 2014, hello 2015!

I know some people roll their eyes at the thought of making new year's resolutions, but I am huge on resolutions, even knowing that I will only  halfheartedly keep maybe half of them. I'm trying to keep them realistic and I'm trying to write them in such a way that will ultimately lift me up, rather than tear me down if  when I fail!

My 2015 Resolutions

Read 30 books. I almost reached this goal in 2013! I read 29. In 2014, I couldn't read during my pregnancy; I was either too tired or too sick. This year I have no excuses -- it will happen!

Start running again. I just need to get out there. I have no goals for a half-marathon or anything, although that is on my bucket list. I'm trying to be realistic. I'm starting at a place of complete beginning. It's been almost a year since I went running, so I plan on following the couch to 5k plan. I think I will get impatient, since when I was last running I was running 3 miles. But I need to remember it's not a competition and this running deal is just for me and me alone. No comparing myself to others.

Be available to people and prioritize relationships. This is my big goal in 2015. I will write about this further some other time, but essentially this means to answer the phone, call people back as soon as I can, and reply to messages. I have reasons for not doing so, but I need to keep in mind that my relationships are more important than finding just the right time to respond or talk. This is going to be very hard for me -- it just is. I don't know why I have so many issues and such social anxiety, but I think the only way through it is to push myself to be there for people. I care deeply for people, and I want my loved ones to feel that. (I'll start by calling my grandma today to wish her a happy new year.)

Eat healthy. I am going to start a low-carb eating plan. In my day-to-day, I will give up grains and refined sugar, only eating meat, dairy, fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. Kind of a primal approach to eating. I've known for a few years now that sugar makes me feel like crap, and that I have a sugar addiction. My goal is to break my addiction and to treat my body better. I am not going to be super-strict -- we have a lot of family and a lot of birthdays and get-togethers. I will try to mostly stay away from grains, but I'm not going to be miserable over it. At home I will keep a strict diet, but when I'm out I will just do the best I can, and not pig out or over-do it.

Stop yelling. I'm pretty sure this is my resolution every single year, but I'm determined to be a mama who can keep her cool and be kind and patient under stressful circumstances. I'm not trying to be super mom here... I just need to be kinder to my kids. They deserve that. I started a no-yelling challenge in August but kind of forgot I was doing it, and then when Chase was born I gave up, but I'm starting again, today.

Blog more, photograph more. It's as simple as that -- I need to keep up with this blog, and I need to take more pictures of my kids with my real camera. I love having my phone readily available for pictures, but I'm missing out on a lot of beautiful shots by not using my camera. And I will regret not filling this blog with memories -- I love looking back on past posts and reliving past moments.

Like I said, I'm big on new year resolutions and I love hearing from other people about their plans for they year -- what are your goals this year?

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