By Jennifer Newell
It’s that time of year again- time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I usually don’t make these goals, but this year, I’m taking this opportunity to make a short list and tell everyone in Chambana so I will be held accountable. Here’s my list and here’s to 2012!
Be less connected. There are so many wonderful gadgets and networking sites available, but if I’m honest, I’m too connected with my devices when I’m home. I want to put my phone on the kitchen counter when I come home and stay away from it between dinner and bedtime. I don’t think that these things are bad, I just know that my kids and husband aren’t getting all of me and I don’t want to miss out on our evening activities.
- Be healthier (and not stare into the mirror). I’m not going to set any lofty weight loss goals or tell you that you will see me at the gym 5 times a week. I know it doesn’t work that way and it’s not the goal I’m trying to set for myself. I want continue to establish a healthier lifestyle. This means that over time I incorporate more healthy behaviors in to my life. I plan to do this for myself but more importantly my children. I can show my children that my self esteem doesn’t rest in my physical appearance but rather in my behaviors around self control, faithful attention to what matters, which includes but is certainly not limited to…healthy lifestyle behaviors, exercise, and eating more naturally, fresh and balanced. Maggie is watching and listening. What I do and what I say matters.
- Get my ‘sexy back’. Being a mom is a hard job and often leaves me tired and in flannel pajamas. My husband never complains, but I think that I can do better! We are setting a weekly date night, which will allow us to dress up (non-workout clothes) and go out without the kiddos. I think that focusing on our already strong marriage will continue to help our children feel secure and remind them how much we love them.
- Be early. I know…but I heard recently, to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late. Our family is working on embracing those words. This is a family owned accountability. So we made this one together. Simply put, being on time is a show of respect. We need to do better.
Lastly, I know that resolutions don’t always work. I also know that some people think consider them impulsive. The way I see it, every beginning is a chance to make a difference. Resolutions represent our efforts to make a difference and improve where it matters most- inside ourselves. Here’s to Yours!
A Savoy resident and mom of two, Jennifer Newell is the owner of chambanamoms.com partner Bella Bambini (1422 S. Neil St. in Champaign, just north of Kirby Ave.). Newell also blogs on the Bella Bambini website.