Some of you will look at this, and think "How could I have left this off my change list?" I'm talking to you, Mom.
Seriously, what did my kids do? Why is the candy thermometer out and what in heavens is in the bottom of that cup? I share this with you as a service. So you will feel good about your kitchen sink. * My good deed for the day is done.
But I digress, on to the four that did make the cut.
Good Health. Not lose weight, not exercise three times a week. Just good health. That involves a lot. It includes exercise and making good food decisions, but it also includes getting that physical I've been putting off and taking my vitamins.
Be a Better Mom. Mom guilt is a defining factor in my life. Guilt that I work and am away from them so much. Guilt that when I am with them, I'm not giving them my all. Guilt for time wasted that I can never get back. Guilt for every one of their flaws.
Be a Better Wife. I've been married for almost 16 years. I love my husband and he loves me. But he consistently falls to the bottom of my list - work, kids, and house first. We shouldn't wait until the kids move out to start enjoying each other again. I am so blessed to have a husband that wants to spend time with me. I owe it to him to make more time for him.
Save Money. I know I can do better in this area. I don't really need those salt and pepper shakers, even if they are owls wearing hats and scarves - so cute! I do need to save for retirement and my kids education. My husband and I longingly dream of getting a vacation house one day. Nothing big, just our little cabin in the woods. I sabotage that dream with owl salt and pepper shakers.
Oops, one more. But this one is a little different in that it is very specific and scares the crap out of me. If I put it in writing, I'll have to do it, right?
Be an Advocate for Dyslexia. Two years ago my youngest daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia. My husband and I had many talks about the ways we wanted to help spread understanding of this learning difference and help kids who bear this particular cross. We were passionate, excited and full of good ideas. And then we did nothing. The fire went out. This one has to be on my list.
What are your top four or five? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
*I borrowed this bit from the great Glennon. If you are not reading her blog, you probably should. She's honest and raw and laugh out loud funny.