They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. They do not mean much in and of themselves. But they are the starting point for a change, if you are prepared to work hard and are realistic in your expectations.
I like the idea of overviewing what has happened in the past year and what you expect in the next. Every coach or organisational expert will tell you that without a plan for change, you will probably be stuck doing the same thing and making the same mistakes again.
So...what are my 'good intentions' for next year. I try to keep them simple. At the top of the list is my desire to get back to the balance we found for a few weeks before october began and threw us into a series of interchanging flus, colds and holidays, all of which interrupted the only newly established routines. To manage this, I need to catch up on my sleep again and then simply get up early every day. That way, I have time to pray, eat and get started on my work for the day before Joseph is awake. I can greet my little boy with a smile and if we have a more difficult or busy day, at least the basics of household work have been done.
The next thing on my list is to start cooking more healthy food. I really have no excuse not to. I have a husband who is not an adventurous eater, but he certainly is not picking and will unfailingly thank me for every single meal that I make. And I actually LOVE healthy food as well. I only need to remind myself of this when I make me list.
After those big two follow a host of smaller wishes and desires. I want to lay more contacts for public speaking appearances. I want to be more organised. I want to write more cards and letters. I want to do good work as a volunteer at birthright. And I want to learn how to knit socks.
A big wishlist. But if I manage the big two, just a little feathers on my cap from the second list would be more than enough to make me a very happy woman.