Momservation: It’s never too late to water-down your expectations for yourself.
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A new year dawns and I always have big expectations for myself. I don’t do resolutions because I don’t need broken resolutions to make me feel any worse about myself. But I do have quiet goals tucked away inside myself that I hope a shiny new year will motivate me to achieve.
I just have to remember not to look in the rear-view at the year that just passed.
Because if I see the trail of procrastination and missed opportunity behind me I might just say, “Aww, hell. Why do I bother?” Then in my bitter disappointment grab a bag of Oreos and go for the next level on Candy Mania as my big goal instead.
But this year I’m taking a new tactic to keep me motivated for being my best possible self in 2014.
I’m going to spend the last day of 2013 doing those things I had meant to do but never got around to—I’m going to slide in under the wire before time expires so I can yell, “Yes! I did it!” instead of “Aww, hell. Not again.”
Of course with this type of lowering the bar to meet your goals, you have to shoot for the easy ones to meet with success. But a success is a success none the less. (I should embroider that on a pillow!—but let’s post-date that idea for 2014). So here’s what I think I can accomplish before midnight tonight:
- Back-up the computer (and be grateful that my luck didn’t run out and a year’s worth of work, pictures, and movies became non-existent)
- Empty my camera’s memory card to the computer (so I can take as many pictures as I want tonight celebrating New Year’s Eve and not have to go back and decide which pictures I can delete for more room)
- Lose 5 pounds (or weigh myself at the gym whose scale is 5 pounds off in my favor and pretend it’s accurate)
- Honor the WASH ME written in the dirt on my car (I can outsource this to the kids with a promise of letting them stay up to midnight—which they won’t be able to do anyway)
- Organize the closets (or just move things around so I don’t have to shut the door real quick before everything avalanches)
- Organize my pictures and movies (we’ll just say backing them up to an external hard-drive takes care of this)
- Clean the oven (thank you self-cleaning oven)
- Plant some tulips that will come up in the spring (translation: instead of being mad drop bulbs in the holes the dog dug in my flowerbed and consider it outsourcing)
- Change the smoke alarm batteries (easy one to feel good about)
- Call my family and friends more often (Calling at 10, 2, 5, and midnight to wish them Happy New Year should do it)
- Win some awards (Best Mom Ever homemade Mother’s Day and birthday cards: check)
I’d love to keep shootin’ the sh** with you all, but I gotta get runnin’ on finishing out a great 2013.
Happy New Year!