Revamp…It’s My New Year Word

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I have been reading quite a bit of articles the past couple weeks about how and why making resolutions can often lead to failure.  Of course probably the most common resolution made is that of losing weight or exercising more.

Instead of making resolutions, I switched mine to goals.  Tiny goals that I would set up for myself and when I achieved each one, I would reward myself.  Then I read somewhere about coming up with a word that you want your new year to revolve around.

Therefore, I have chosen the word REVAMP.  The definition of revamp by way of Google is this…

Verb: give new and improved form, structure, or appearance to

Noun: an act of improving the form, structure, or appearance of something

This word describes every resolution decision, proposal, motion, target, objective, intent, wish, dream, aspiration, ambition, desire, plan, purpose, goal that I want to become of 2016.

I am not sure why this year I have decided is my year to revamp my life but something tells me it’s time.  Maybe that’s because I had 3 babies in 3 years time and for most of the last 6 years I have lived in a fog of pure and utter mommy mania.  Feeding them, bathing them, clothing them, scolding them, teaching them…repeat.images.jpeg  Not that I don’t still do some of that stuff… **has already scolded one about 3 times today**, but this is the year they will be 6, 5, and 4 and they have started to become more independent little people and less reliant on me.  No I am not sad about that.  Nope, not even a little bit.

I like the fact that on Saturday mornings my 6 year old can get the cereal and milk out and help his sister’s with getting some breakfast so that mommy here can get to sleep in….if even for an extra 30 minutes.  Sometimes I am awake but just like to be able to lay there and not jump up and get going right away.

They are all in school now.  Granted the girls are home before lunch but those few hours between 8 and 11:30 give me a chance to do whatever it is I feel like doing without dragging anyone along with me.  This makes mommy happy!200.gif

Part of me feels selfish for feeling happy wanting to finally do something for myself but the truth is by always doing for everyone else I was turning into quite the depressed and bitchy individual.  I have even become more of an introvert than what I used to be.  Is that even possible?


So what do I plan to revamp you ask?

Myself ~ I plan to get healthier, eat better, quit drinking so much, quit stressing about things I have no control over, learn to deal with the stress when it does rear it’s ugly head, have more compassion for the human race, revamp my attitude.  Except for the guy who still stands on the corner sidewalk at Wal-Mart…and now he even has an accomplice that stands there with him.  That guy I will just keep giving dirty looks to as I drive past him.  In case you have no clue what I am talking about…you can read all about that here.

My Home ~ We have lived in this house for almost 2 years now and you would think we have lived here for 20 with all the shit crap that has accumulated.  In our old house we had one linen closet ….yes one linen closet, and now we have 3 linen closets, a coat closet, and a very large storage closet and guess what???  THEY ARE ALL FULL!  Of what?  Hell I don’t even know but I plan to do something to revamp that!

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There are also lots of walls in this house.  You would think that because I am a photographer they would be lined with framed photos and memories right?  Wrong.  But I plan to revamp those walls.

My Blogging ~ Since starting this blog I have never really had much of a plan for it.  I still don’t think I have a niche and I have come to terms with the fact that I am just going to blog about whatever brilliant idea pops into my head.  And over the next year plan to revamp a lot of my ideas.

So if you had one word to choose that would sum up your year for 2016….what word would that be?  Let me know in the comments.

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50 Things That Make Me Happy

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Thank you To The Cuddle Fairy for including me in this listy!

This would probably be much easier if I could list 50 things that piss me off upset me.

DISCLAIMER:  The following are in no particular order!

  1. Motherhood (most days)
  2. My husband (most weeks)
  3. Red Wine
  4. Working out (I hate working out but I love how I feel afterwards)
  5. Sex
  6. My children’s laughter
  7. Blogging
  8. Sunny days
  9. Rainy days
  10. Fuck the wind  days without wind
  11. Bubble Baths
  12. Hot men showers…had I not used the cross out in that it could have read much differently
  13. Pedicures.  There is something about pretty feet that fixes everything
  14. Coffee and most caffeinated beverages in general
  15. Sushi! I LOVE sushi and can instantly feel myself get happier as soon as I know I am going to eat it.
  16. Good music
  17. Drifting in a cool pool on a hot day
  18. Cooking
  19. Vacations with my herd…as much work as it entails getting ready for such trips, the memories we are creating with our kids is so worth it
  20. When my husband buys me diamonds lilies
  21. A clean house
  22. The beach
  23. When the internet is working right
  24. My friends near or far
  25. Sleeping in
  26. Text messages instead of phone calls (have you ever tried to have a conversation on the phone with 3 toddlers?)
  27. My toddlers bedtime
  28. A good book or blog to read
  29. Date nights with Channing Tatum my husband
  30. When my family is all healthy
  31. Memories
  32. My favorite TV shows
  33. Comments and likes on my blog 😀
  34. When I am done trying to figure out 50 things that make me happy
  35. Technology
  36. When humanity is kind to one another
  37. Creating my FRIDAY’S TOP 5
  38. Being chained to my best friend married (Dating with 3 kids and in my 40’s would suck) Tomorrow this thought might change but right now I don’t want to kill love my husband
  39. Massages
  40. My German Shepard, Roxy, she loves me unconditionally and rarely leaves my side
  41. That there are only 10 more things for me to try and think of
  42. Roller coasters…although I have not been on one since having kids and I am afraid my throwing up apparatus stomach has changed.
  43. Anytime I am getting to use my artistic side
  44. My story of how I became a mother
  45. Campfires
  46. Cold beer with clamato juice
  47. The smell of gain laundry detergent on my clothes
  48. Good health
  49. When the laundry is done…oh wait that never happens!
  50. That I am done with this list!  Although I am sure that as soon as I publish it I will think of 20 more things that I forgot to mention.

This has been circulating for a while now so if I tag you and you have already done this then just send me a slap in the head message 😀

I am tagging:

Blogging For Therapy

Three’s A Herd

Mom Of 1 and 10

Modern Dad Pages

Three Boys And A Mom

Mother Beerist

ANOTHER DISCLAIMER:  Please don’t feel obligated to complete this but if you do take your time and I can’t wait to learn more about you!!!

With regards to your sanity,

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Getting On Track Again

Getting On Track Again.

It’s been one month that I have been on the healthy track again.  And I feel fantastic!  Not much has changed with my body yet but my mind and attitude have changed drastically.  It really is true that exercise and eating right ((we won’t talk about the several pieces of pizza I had the last few days)) truly is the key to feeling better.

Lastnight I took a walk around the neighborhood…something I had done at the beginning of the “getting on track” process and I could do it with much more ease.  I had more energy even though it was 5:30 in the evening.  Oh in case I forgot to mention…my neighborhood is full of hills…very big hills that are equivalent to putting the treadmill on a 10 incline.  It’s a workout.  But afterwards I just felt great!  For those of you starting out on the healthy track or you started a new year’s resolution but then it faded…it’s never too late to start again!  Grab a friend, your husband, hell…even grab a kid or two if you have to and get moving!