2. Blog less consistently: So basically, the opposite of every other blogger's resolution. Here's the thing--I love blogging, I really do. I love the discipline, the creative outlet...but it's a little bit controlling. Blogging is not my job, so there's really no reason for me to post five times a week unless I really have something to say. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I'm struggling to come up with ideas...which usually results in sub-par (at least in my evaluation) posts. Also, stress. When we got a call about changing Christmas plans with Tyler's family fairly last-minute last Friday, one of the first things I thought about was when I was going to get my blogging done for this week. THAT IS DUMB. So I'm backing off a little bit, because when it starts to affect my *actual* life that much, it's so not worth it. Like I said, I really love blogging, so I'll still be around (probably quite a bit), but if I need to go a few days without posting, I'm not going to stress about it.
3. Go off-grid one night a week: My husband is going to hate this, but we need it. I can't remember the last time we had dinner without our phones, and it gets really annoying. I annoy myself, even when I'm doing it. I know there's no way I'm going to get him to agree a whole day without technology, so I won't even try for that. But one night a week, when we get home from work, the phones are down, the TV (and the Xbox!) is off, and we're disconnected from the outside world for the evening. I *might* let us use electricity instead of candles....maybe. ;)
4. Intentionally nurture friendships: This is sad and a little bit embarrassing to admit, but I do most of my interacting with friends online or in text messages. To an extent, that's necessary, because most of my friends don't live in Springfield anymore, but I don't want that to be all there is. I also really want to build new friendships with people around town, because sometimes you just need a good girlfriend around to grab coffee with, amirite? I actually have started making plans to hang out with a couple super sweet gals that I've "met" through blogging/Instagram/random run-ins, and it's a little pathetic how excited I am about it.
5. Stop comparing myself: The internet is a double-edged sword, I tell you. There is so much beauty out there, and so much to learn from other people that we would have never connected with otherwise, but sheesh. All these meticulously curated portrayals of other people's lives can start to mess with even the most confident of us eventually. I'm definitely guilty of it, even though I realize how ridiculous it is to be jealous of someone's flawless skin (almost certainly thanks to Photoshop or a bajillion Afterlight filters) or feel "behind" because I don't have a house and a baby yet. Again, DUMB. So I'm going to work on knocking that off.
Those are the biggies. I'd love to hear what you're working on this year, so feel free to leave a link!