We hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Year’s holiday.
Thank you to all who entered our resolution contest. We had a great time reading all the entries. We found that many of you had similar goals for this 2008 year… both family and personal goals. After pouring all the entrants into our drawing bowl, the winners are….
Kimberly B. -
My resolution is to get and KEEP my house in order in anticipation of our expected baby girl on 3/30. We will FINALLY be parents via adoption and want everything to be just perfect when she makes her grand arrival. We’ve been waiting for her for a long time, so I need to get the house in order so she doesn’t arrive to a mess!
My New Year’s resolution is have a more charitable demeanor. To me this means–thinking kinder of others, being slower to judge, “walk a mile in their shoes”. I want to be a person that not only says nice things of others, but -eventually- only thinks nice of others. Less cynical. The few individuals that are like this, truly stick out in my mind and heart…the people that “never had a bad word to say about anyone.” If I can’t be completely like that, I want to at least try. This may take some doing, but I am resolved to begin. La vie en Rose…truly look at each person through rose-colored glasses–and know their worth is no less than mine.
My resolution is to make and take time to be good to myself. I find it too easy to find fault with myself or to neglect taking the time to nurture my own needs. I believe that in caring for my own heart and soul and by being kinder to myself, I will also be a better wife, mom and friend. As a Mommy to two girls (and a third on the way) it is so important to me to do everything possible to help my girls grow and develop great self esteem and a positive and healthy image of themselves. No doubt that will begin with Mom!
The Honorable Mention for our favorite resolution is….
As a much younger woman, I was full of resolutions every new year. I would have these really good intentions and visions of myself being so nearly perfect…nice, but it never worked out that way. I never lost all the weight I imagined, or really saved a lot of money, or became consistent in whatever it was that I was pursuing. Then, it seems everyone got as sick of not meeting their own expectations as I had. I can’t tell you how many essays and articles I have seen about resolving NOT to make any resolutions. I just saw one headlined on the cover of a local parenting magazine. A number of years have gone by with not one resolution from me. Nope, not one. But this year, I think I will let January first give me a little something. A fresh start, a new chance to do better, a starting point. I’ve been thinking about it for a while. There are a few things I would like to improve. I want to be a better mom. I want to be more healthy and have more energy. I want to be more careful with our money. All good things to pursue. As the thoughts ran around in my mind, the old pictures of perfection presented themselves. I could see myself… after a weight loss of forty pounds, I would need to (very frugally of course) purchase a new wardrobe. Well, how does a super mom dress? I don’t want to be one of those moms that wear high heels to the park…hmm… Enough already!! Then, this morning, I realized that it was not the setting of the goal or making of the resolution that set me up to fail all those times, it was this picture of perfection. Perfectionism is so my downfall! It will keep me from even trying, cause if I can’t do it perfectly, I don’t even wanna try. Maybe my resolution should be to not try to be perfect, which I never can be anyway! I can have a fresh start. I can do better, and still not meet the fantasy goal. That is okay. In fact, that is perfect.
Thank you to all who entered. Be on the look out for our next contest.
Once again we wish you all a very Happy New Year and may this year you see all your dreams come true!