So I am going to admit here that I am not a real big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Most of us make these grand commitments in January only to “fall off the wagon” so to speak by February. I do have some things that I would like to accomplish in 2018 though. I am not going to make goals like losing 30 pounds because for me that is unattainable (I like chocolate too much.) Instead, I am going to make goals for things that I think I can realistically accomplish. Here are my 18 for 2018!

1. Be more of a YES mom.

I really thrive when life is organized and scheduled and planned. My husband, on the other hand, is more of a go with the flow kind of guy. At times this definitely can cause some friction. In 2018, I really want to try to go with the flow more and say YES to more things instead of needing it scheduled.

2. Be more patient with my kids.

Kids run on a clock that is not at all like adults. Case in point, it takes them 20 minutes to get shoes on when we are already late. In 2018, I want to let my kids be kids more and not rush them through life even if it means taking 20 minutes to put shoes on.

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3. Read more.

I love to read and I am very happy that my kids have inherited that trait from me. I always feel that guilt that I could be doing 100 other things instead of sitting down and reading a book. I’m determined to not let my mom guilt get in the way this year and let myself enjoy reading again.

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4. Host a brunch with friends.

I have cooked and entertained friends for many meals, but never brunch. In 2018, I would love to shake things up and host a brunch. Did anyone say mimosas? Break out the champagne!

5. Clean out my closet.

My closet is like a black hole at the moment. I am determined to get it more organized and to throw out my pre-pregnancy pants that I will have to come to terms with will probably never fit again.

6. Monthly one-on-one dates with my kids.

For some reason, because I have twins I feel that I very rarely get alone time with each child. I really want to let them have their own time with me and give them all of my undivided attention.

7. Be more active.

I am definitely not going to commit to running a 5K here! That is never gonna happen. HaHa… But I would like to incorporate more activity into my life now that I am getting older.

8. Drink more water.

I definitely do not pay attention to this as much as I should and then I end up guzzling water at the end of the day like a camel because I feel like I am dying of thirst. I need to pay attention to drinking more water throughout the day because I feel so much better when I actually do this.

9. Travel more.

I will admit that we do travel a lot usually, but I am a true wanderlust seeker and it is never enough for me. In 2018, I want to travel more and visit more exotic places now that my kids are older.

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10. Learn something new.

I’m not quite sure what it is that I will learn yet. Maybe how to knit or to speak Italian. I just want to keep my mind healthy and always learning.

11. Eat at home more.

With our families’ crazy schedule, eating out or on the run can be more convenient at times. It’s not really very cost-effective though if you know what I mean. In 2018, I will plan better to allow us to eat at home more.

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12. Save enough money to upgrade our camper.

Don’ get me wrong here, our camper is great. The setup is not so great. It is one open floorplan and when 1 person is up in the morning, everyone is up. This doesn’t really have the making of a relaxing vacation. We need a camper with bedroom doors so we can all have some space.

13. Get my kids to eat a vegetable other than corn.

I think my kids would rather jump off a bridge than eat vegetables. In 2018, I vow to get them to eat and like a vegetable other than corn.

14. Let my kids be more self-sufficient.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am kind of a control freak. I like to be in total control of things. This often translates to me doing everything for my kids to the point of exhaustion. Now that they are 10, they need to start doing more for themselves. I know they are very capable so I will give up some of the control and let them go for it.

15. Be more in the moment.

Like most moms, I have 100 things on my to-do list at all times. When my son asks me to play a board game with him and I can think of all the other things I have to do, I vow to be in the moment and play that board game!

16. Make more time for myself.

If I want to go get a pedicure I am not going to feel guilty about it. I am going to go get that pedicure and enjoy every dang minute of it!

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17. Get more sleep.

I am going to let myself forget all the things that still need to be done and go to bed at a reasonable time. Tomorrow is another day and that laundry pile will still be waiting for me!

18. Spend more time with friends.

There is no time like the present. I will enjoy the wonderful friendships I have made more in 2018.

Here’s to an amazing 2018! Happy New Year!