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Robbin Carollo: Hold me accountable to these resolutions | Moms

There seem to be two camps of thought when it comes to making New Years resolutions; either you’re for it or you’re against it.

Folks in the latter camp seem to believe that anytime is the right time to commit to bettering yourself, be it losing weight, working out, spending less time in front of the TV, or whatever, and that you don’t need to wait until January 1 rolls around to get started.

Generally speaking, I agree with this admirable way of thinking – in theory. In practice, however, it’s a different ballgame.

Turns out that I unfortunately lack the will power to decide mid-June that I need to make a life-altering/bettering change so I have found that I need the excuse that ringing in a new year means time to turn over a new leaf.

This year, I’ve made a couple resolutions and to give myself some added accountability, I’m going to publish them. Don’t judge me if I fail miserably and I won’t judge you, deal?

In no particular order, here are my resolutions:

1:Get healthy! I’m not talking about just dropping a few pounds (I kind of have a leg up here folks—when I birth to my twins, I’ll automatically be about 15 pounds lighter than am I while writing this), but being more active and eating more vegetables – even if this means blending them beyond all recognition and hiding them in brownies so the girls will partake as well. So this is more of a resolution for the whole family.

2:Commit to a daily devotion. For real, most devotionals take five minutes to read and yet, I always seem to slack off or miss days. Sometimes I’ll open my devotional to see that I’ve skipped an entire week. And really, devoting five minutes a day to God is nothing, yet the more time I spend with Him and the more time I spend in His word, the better person I become.

So yea, I’m going to commit to spending five minutes a day with God and see where He leads me in those times that are sure to be my only quiet ones in each 24-hour period.

3:Stop keeping up with the Jones’s. Where does this get anyone, really? I know I’m no better mom or wife just because I try to emulate my girlfriends and what they do in their perfect families, with their perfect marriages and perfect children in their spotless houses. For real, it just makes me over-tired and bitter.

Oh! And real-talk for a minute? Nobody is perfect. I’ve found that even with my closest friends it’s often easier to show a front than let them see the nitty-gritty of our everyday lives, so what makes me think they don’t do the same thing? This year I’m going to resolve to not keep up with them. With them or their spotless houses or runway-ready children or magazine-worth houses or Hallmark card marriages. I’m just going to do the best I have with what I’ve got and be proud of who we [my family] are and what we have—‘cause in my humble opinion, that’s pretty darn great.

What about you? Did you make any New Years resolutions?

I need the excuse that ringing in a new year means time to turn over a new leaf.


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