Welcome, Mamma Crew! Today is Mamma Thursdays when it’s all about us! The mammas!
I hope you had a wonderful and exciting New Year’s eve. And that today you’re waking up feeling energized, ready to tackle all the mess from last night, and to start the year with a new and fresh attitude.
So last episode, I was talking to you about New Year’s resolutions and Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Award speech of 2013, right? What I didn’t share with you was what my New Year’s resolutions were for 2020.
So my New Year’s resolution has four points:
Number one, to be the best mother I can possibly be. It’s always at the forefront of all of my decisions and all of my actions. I truly enjoy being a mother.
Numbers 2, 3, and 4 go back to what Ashton Kutcher’s speech was about.
So number two, opportunity. Remember, he said opportunity looks a lot like hard work. So for number two, I plan on working hard on my new entrepreneurial ventures. And even though they’re totally out of my comfort zone, I’m really excited to continue to explore that part of the world. And fortunately, I have my husband’s support, who is an entrepreneur extraordinaire. So I’m excited to put more effort into it and see what comes out of it. Because ultimately, my goal is to make sure that my children get to go to college and be loan-free on the other side. And of course, you know, help them buy that first home, and if they choose to get married, help them pay for that wedding. So, I have to work hard to make those dreams come true.
Number three, he talked about being sexy. And he said, “The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And thoughtful. And generous.” Okay, so this year, I decided I was going to be smart by taking care of my health. Now, I haven’t shared with you, but early in September, I had a really ugly fall and injured both of my knees. I had to have surgery in both knees, six weeks apart, and recovery took a long time. So overall, I spent over a year dealing with this injury. And as a result, I put on 50 lbs! Can you believe it? Turns out that putting it on is a lot easier than taking off, so I really want to work on that.
Then he talked about being thoughtful, right? So coming from the background that I do, meaning the daughter of an alcoholic, means that I constantly have to work on not being reactive but being proactive or active. My go-to is always to be reactive. I don’t like that, so I’m going to continue to work on that.
And generous. Well, this year, I want to take a different approach to that. And I think I want to be more active in the church activities, which I have never done before. But this year I really want to put effort into that.
And last but not least, Kutcher talks about relearning from Steve Jobs. Now he said that when you grow up, you tend to be told the world is the way that it is and that your life is to live your life inside that world. And try not to get into too much trouble. Maybe get an education, get a job and make some money, and have a family. But Jobs also reminds us that life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing. And that is that everything around us that we call life was made up of people who are no smarter than us, and we can build our own thing. We can build our own life and live it in our own terms.
I have been doing that for a while. But I still care more than I would like to about some people’s opinions. I think I want to become more detached. More zen about that. So I am going to continue to explore meditation. And I have been experimenting with that a little bit this past year, but I want to spend more time, be more conscious of it, more purposeful with it, and see where it takes me.
So those are my New Year’s resolutions. And throughout the year, when you hear my podcast, we’ll see how I’m doing. But I would love to hear what you have resolved to do, or change, or try this coming year. So please stop by the blog and drop me a message and let me know what your New Year’s resolutions are.
I look forward to continuing our older mom’s journey together!