Setting Intentions for the New Year

I don’t like the word “resolution,” mostly because it seems too strict for me right now. If I resolve to do something in January, it’s more of a binding contract than if I intend to do it. As a mom with 3 young sons, I don’t have time for binding contracts!fireworks

I’m really trying to keep my intentions small. And I’m actually not thinking in terms of the whole year. I’m setting Winter Intentions:

1. Be in bed by 9:30 until my baby starts sleeping better

2. Exercise for 10 minutes, 4 times a week

I really think both of these will make some positive impacts in my life. Right now, I’ve been staying up past 10 (not much past, but some) because it’s the only time I get alone with my thoughts and/or my husband. To be honest, I’m mainly watching Gilmore Girls and I don’t need to be sacrificing sleep to do that. My teething baby gives us a nice, long stretch of sleep the first part of the night and is then up pretty frequently, so the earlier I head to bed, the more likely I am to feel functional without espresso.

As a former athlete, I feel really conflicted looking at that fitness intention. It’s really a small number of minutes, but anyone who is home with 3 young kids all day can understand how challenging it is to really claim 10 private minutes, let alone ten minutes to move my body!

Sure, I’m exercising right now. I wear a 16-pound 4-month old a lot of hours each day, I run up and down steps and walk to/from the bus stop wearing him, pushing other kids in strollers. I lug laundry baskets up and around and all over.

My intention, though, is for actual exercise. Alone. I think getting more sleep will make that feel more possible!

What are your intentions for the new year? Leave us a comment to share!

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