When we last saw (figuratively) saw each other, I promised to do some soul-searching over the holidays and come back with a vengeance. Admittedly, I ate a truckload of cookies and played Cards Against Humanity with various family members, laughing that each round of drinks made their answers more ridiculous.
So, the blog is still a “work-in-progress.” That’s okay, right?
With the beginning of a new year, I’m setting a few goals for myself, with the goal of personal development and strengthening relationships with my family and friends.
The first is physical fitness. I’m pregnant, so losing weight isn’t a priority. That doesn’t mean I should become a couch potato and eat pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, as much as this would thrill me to pieces. The goal, until my due date, is to exercise three times per week, even if it’s a mere 30 minutes on a treadmill. After I expel my spawn, the goal is to return to my pre-pregnancy weight before Christmas. There’s $200 at stake, because I made a bet with my mother. Oi vey.
I want to blog. Well, I want to blog more. I thought about starting a journal, but it seemed redundant to host a blog and write a journal. I’m going to transform (okay, not really a transformation) the blog into a reflection of my daily life (probably, every week, given my schedule), my frustrations, my achievements, and sometimes, the trivial existence of my dog. Anything goes, and it will be chalk full of sarcasm. That’s how I roll, yo.
I’m going to be a mother. This is still surreal. It’s exciting, traumatic, terrifying, joyous, and so much more. I don’t know anything about infants, except that they poop. They poop a lot. They also like boobs and screaming like banshees. But, despite that, they have amazing laughs and they’re not tainted with the brutality of this world. My goal is to revel in my child’s excitement, its laughter, even its tears. My goal is to be as amazing as my abilities and environment permit. I want my child to be a rocket scientist, a dreamer, a beacon of kindness and compassion, right after it learns that square shapes fit inside square holes and feet are actually disgusting.
I want to read more books. I have a library card, and I should use it.
I want to wear better clothing, which doesn’t mean a lavish and expensive wardrobe. It means finding my unique sense of style and owning it. I also want to apply make-up with more precision and stop fearing lipstick and eyeliner.
My culinary abilities need some improvement – both my technique and desire to experiment. For Christmas, I received a pasta maker, so I will learn to make pasta. It’s a good thing that I love Italian food. Okay, let’s be honest – I just love food.
I want to volunteer. Where? I’m not quite sure, but there are a few organizations that I’m going to peruse before making my decision.
I want to cultivate more friendships and strengthen relationships with my family and partner. So, if you get a random Facebook message from me, asking to chat over a caffeinated beverage, it’s because I want to reconnect and find out what I’ve missed about you and your awesome life. I might talk about myself, too. I hope that’s okay.
Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? A wise woman once told me, and a bunch of other people, that it’s okay to dream. It’s okay to want completely irrational things – write them down and make them happen. The sky’s the limit. She even hosts an amazing weekend(s) across the country, where she teaches you about setting goals, managing your time, and channeling your inner Beyonce. She’s also super sassy and drops a lot of f-bombs. What’s called Transformation Weekend takes places in Banff, Alberta this upcoming weekend. I’ll be there, and I can’t wait. (I fell off the goal-setting bandwagon last year, and hid in a corner, hoping nobody would notice. This weekend will be an opportunity to shed that guilt and remind myself that it’s okay to kick ass.)
What are your goals? Share your aspirations, and let’s motivate each other to be even better humans.
If you’d like some more information about Transformation Weekend, please visit http://www.transformationweekend.ca/. I promise you won’t regret it. Erin Skye Kelly and her Catalyst Crew are absolutely amazing, and they genuinely want you to succeed.
Here’s a picture of some mountains, because mountains are inspiring, right?