2013 Resolutions

I can’t believe 2012 has already gone! Time is flying by so fast these days. I guess it’s true what they say. Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ll admit that I struggled to think of resolutions that I wanted to accomplish this year. Not that I think I don’t need to have goals but for the fact that 2012 was a kick in the butt and the reality of motherhood to 2 kids was a bit more difficult… only because #3 is due to arrive in about 4 weeks.  I felt like I could have done more if I wasn’t pregnant and I know it’s true but as Carlo continues to remind me, God has other plans and that included “Charlie” joining our family sooner rather than later. I don’t want to set goals for myself knowing that this year is going to be just as difficult.. if not more.

So after much thought, I decided to only set a few goals that I know I can do and perhaps have those “back up” goals that I have yet to accomplish….ya know, just in case I actually do them! I thought it would be the best thing to do since I have yet to do quite a few things I had in mind the last few years. I only decided that after watching an Ellen video on YouTube.

Don’t you just love her!! She’s right though, you shouldn’t set resolutions until you accomplish the old ones. So, for fun, here are my 2 new resolutions for 2013 and the”back up” resolutions that I made in the past.

New:

1) Photo a day challenge:  If you follow me on Instagram, Flickr, or Twitter, then you know that I’ve kept up with January! I’m still going with Fat Mum Slim’s photo a day and I am having a great time. Some days are easier than others but it also reminds me to take a moment for myself to have a little fun.

2) Get to Pre-Elisabetta weight: Tomorrow starts the last month of this pregnancy and once I step on the scale I’ll know exactly what I need to work towards but so far, I have only gained about 5 lbs this pregnancy. How awesome is that?!? If I don’t gain anymore weight, that means I’ll be 20 lbs away from that goal weight which means after the baby is born, I’ll lose the 10 lbs of water/baby and only be 10 away from my goal!

Back-up:

2010- Work on my Italian: I’ve been here 4 years and while my conversational Italian is good, my reading and writing are horrible. I am constantly asking Carlo to check my spelling or grammar. Afraid to make mistakes, I second guess everything and then re-word stuff to make it easier for me. I’ve got another 4 days/ 3 nights hospital stay so, I hope that will jump start my studying. I’ve only got 3 years until “Charlie” goes to school then I will be going to work. So 3 years to get my Italian up to the highest level I can!!

2011/2012- Get organized: I didn’t do it the first time nor last year. So maybe this year will be better. If you’ve seen my Pinterest board (For the Home) you’ll notice that I posted yet another cleaning schedule that seems a bit more doable. I was hoping to implement it this week but that didn’t work so, we’ll try again next week. I did notice that I’m ‘Nesting’ now so, maybe it will be a good thing to start this new regime!!

2012- Read more: So 6 months ago, I posted my progress and how I had read these books. Well, I’m still stuck on Chapter 2 of Shantaram. I’m not gonna lie.. I got tired and busy which left no time at the end of the time to rest and read. All I want to do is sleep. So once again, I’ll start up. I haven’t decided if I should take Shantaram to the hospital with me or start with some ChickLit and get back into the habit. I’ve been doing a lot of puzzles and Sudoku to get my brain back into concentration mode.

2012- Learn about Photography: Since I started doing photo a day challenges, I’ve noticed that I am becoming more aware of different angles, lighting, and generally being inspired by what I see on Flickr or Instagram. I’ve been using my iPhone instead of my DSLR for all of my pictures but I want to change that after the baby is born. I know that one of these months, I’ll use my camera for the photo a day and see how much I progress. For now, I just want to continue to be inspired by those who are so good at capturing the moment.

2012- Blog/Me time: I’m choosing to combine the two since it’s really the only Me time I have left these days. (After all, it’s after midnight right now and everyone is asleep) While, I’ve been doing fairly well, I could do better. Poor Elisabetta hasn’t had a progress post in almost 6 months and she’ll be ONE next month! I haven’t posted much about “Charlie” who will be here soon as well. Let’s not forget about my poor city blog TurinLove has been neglected pretty much all year long! It’s sad that I have several posts in my draft folder that haven’t been finished. The TurinLove FB page has also seen better days. Slowly, I hope to get back on track. (I’ve been saying that for 3 years now)

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