A working mama’s set of new year’s resolutions

I am not one for resolutions. I am always turning over new leaves and bettering my lifestyle. I work out all year anyway, I eat pretty healthy and don’t have a goal to lose weight. But then the ladies (that I have come to love) over at Liberating Working Moms issued a call for working mom resolutions. If there is anything that needs constant improvements, it is being a working mom. So here are some things that I think will help me better mom, wife and happy woman in 2012:

  • Fast food only once a month. This won’t be too hard. We don’t do it a lot. Weekends are our downfall when we are out at the park and need lunch when we get back. I just need to be more proactive about having healthy lunch choices for us. Even if that is a frozen quiche from Trader Joes or more salad mix. I am pretty good about breakfast and dinner with healthy whole foods. Hopefully this will keep us even healthier!
  • Less time on my phone when we get home with Landon. We have about 2.5 hours with Landon at home after daycare. At least 30 minutes is cooking dinner. I need to spend less time on twitter and checking mail and really play. Though sometimes I know he does better playing on his own…since he is with people all day long. At least I can be there…completely. Simple as that.
  • Schedule out my lunchtime workouts along with blogging time. I need to use less time at night after Landon goes to bed on the computer and more time with K. Even if that is cuddling on the couch watching reruns. It will take some discipline at work but I think I can do it.
  • I need to ask for breaks. I do bedtime almost every night and not because Kevin won’t. I usually just do it. I need to know when to ask for that 30 minutes to maybe take a bath for myself. Maybe blog. Maybe just read. Just fit in some decompression time. Not make bedtime into a chore for me.
  • Take more photos.  This isn’t really working mom related but I got lazy this year with photos. I need to get recharged and try new things. Maybe take another class online or at the rec center.
  • Lastly, take off my makeup at night.  This is silly but I don’t. It is one of my worse habits.  I just need to.  My skin isn’t getting any younger. This won’t really improve being a working mom but it will make me feel better.

So I think that is a good start. Trying to do this while trying to sell the house should be interesting but I aim high 🙂 Come join us over at Liberating Working Moms and share you resolutions!


    • Yeah my picture volume can get out of hand. My goal is to get more quality shots. Maybe it is just 1 or 2 but really good. Maybe even start to take photos of other families more.

  1. Those could all be on my list too… especially the “take your makeup off” one. Seriously? Don’t we learn that in junior high? Yet I almost never actually do it.

  2. I think almost everything on your list is on mine…along with some things you don’t need to work on like diet and exercise! Love this list!
    PS- I don’t take mine off until the shower the next morning. 🙂

  3. My fave is asking for breaks. I also fell into the habit of doing bedtime because I just like it. We’ve created a tough situation now, where she really won’t let anyone else put her down if I’m around. We should probably work on that. BUT, I think I’ll put it off till later in the year! 🙂 Potty training first, methinks.

    • Yeah. K does the morning routine during the week so I feel like it is fair but the nighttime routine just takes longer. I guess I should appreciate how easy it is though. He is all snuggly and really easy to put down. Still..I need a break sometimes.

  4. I laughed at the make-up removal goal. I too need to take time to do this each night. I used to then I had kids. Now most nights I just fall into bed. But removing makeup is one little thing that can help me feel better. Thanks for the reminder to take care of ourselves too even when we are busy and tired.

  5. Ok, I always take my makeup off at night, but that’s probably just because my sister is a Mary Kay lady and has drilled it into my brain!

    One thing that I didn’t put in my list that I’ve already been working on is leaving my phone alone while I’m home and just being with my family. No twitter to interrupt. And I’d LOVE to actually learn how to use my DSLR.

  6. You’re too awesome. I am also trying not to be online when E is home with me…of course then she decides that she doesn’t want me to play with her, and I end up sitting there staring at the dog while she cares for her babies. Oh well.

    And lunches! OH LUNCHES! They are the BANE of my existence. I swear I will turn into a grilled cheese soon.

    You’re supposed to take your make-up off before bed? Ugh. I was a religious face washer right up until the 8th month of pregnancy and now? It rarely happens at night.

    So ya, I’ll just go ahead and steal all your resolutions mmmkay?

    • Yeah I have that with Landon. He wants to play by himself but at least I can be there. Maybe build him a garage for his cars or something.

      Steal away. We are 2 peas anyway.

  7. I’m the same way when I get home from work regarding the phone calls, twitter, facebook etc. It’s easy to let family time slip by day to day when we get into a routine of “just checking a few things” on the computer/phone when we should be cherishing every moment we have with our kids while they grow up.

  8. not sure why my last comment didn’t go through – i agree with the spending less time on the computer/phone though! More family time = better, we only have so many years until they grow up and move out of the house 🙂

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