Monday, January 3, 2011

It's a New Year!

Happy New Year, friends!  Hello, 2011.  What do you have in store for me?  What do I want to do with you? 

Every year we shout, "Happy New Year!" and begin to consider our New Year's Resolutions.  Here are the top ten resolutions, as recorded by Time Magazine:
  1. Lose Weight and Get fit
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Get out of Debt and Save Money
  5. Spend More Time with Family
  6. Travel to Knew Places
  7. Be Less Stressed/Stop Yelling
  8. Volunteer More
  9. Eat Healthier
  10. De-Clutter and Get Organized
I've resolved to do them all at one point or another.  I'm all in favor of setting goals.  I think the New Year is a great time to resolve to be a better you.  Resolutions should only consist of realistic goals.  Even if it's just one.  Otherwise, we will completely stress ourselves out.  By the end of the month we will throw the stupid list out the window and overindulge in all the things we decided to quit!  That's just dumb. 

This year I am going to resolve to stop yelling!  It's not on Time's Top Ten List, but it's at the top of mine! 

I don't yell all of the time.  I do yell enough to know I need to stop.  With five kids the volume in our house is sometimes a lot of times turned to high.  Many times it results in me yelling (which makes no sense at all) to get them to turn the volume down.  I hate this.

This seems like an achievable goal for me.  I will admit it will be hard during the winter.  With the windows shut, I am not afraid to unleash the beast because the neighbors won't hear me.

Now what to do instead of yelling?  I'll probably go back to the old time out chair.  As the boys have gotten older, I stopped doing this.  I know they won't want to sit for 5, 6, and 8 minutes, respectively.  On bad days, they may have to sit there half the night.  Maybe that will work.  I think I may implement this first and see how it goes.  Don't fail me now, Supernanny.  Now since I've put it up there feel free to keep me in check, friends.

What are your New Year's Resolutions.  What are you going to do to reach your goals?  I see some of the non-lame are voting.  Let me know what you think.

PS.  Fatty, (me) will resume the healthy eating again, too.  I thoroughly enjoyed eating until I puked these past two months.  I will miss cookies and chocolate and pepsi.


  1. Ok, so wierd!! We have the same new years resolution. For reals. I told my husband that was mine a few weeks ago and he got really excited. Apparently he noticed too. ha!

  2. Not yelling. I've had internet conversations with this type lol. I'm probably most like you. I don't yell alot, but it definitely does happen and like you, I keep in under control when the windows are open in the summer lol. And it's not like I yell at them in public so I know I can keep it under control, but that would be too hard for me. I give you a lot of credit. I remember my mom screaming at me and my sisters when we were younger and it really made me see her in a different light and I don't want my kids to feel that way about me. It's really hard'll have to let me know how you do.

  3. @Jenn - for reals, that's great!
    @Sandy - one day at a time :)

    Let's form a support group, girls. We can do it! Today was a success for me.

  4. i resolved to stop yelling too. haven't accomplished it thus far but have done less yelling. i will pray for you. keep me posted.


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