In general, I don't do a list of resolutions every year anymore. I found they always looked the same. More exercise, less TV. More vegetables, less pessimism. More books, more water, more letters to friends...
I decided instead to find one thing to focus on during the year. Last year, my resolution was More Music. Specifically, it meant picking up my guitar every day. Well, I did great the first half of the year, but once demolition started and there were workers at my house every day, the time with my guitar decreased. I will pick it back up, though. And we did manage to attend quite a few music concerts last year, which always makes me happy. Music is something I love and will always strive to have in my life. I'm also hoping a used piano finds its way into my life at some point in the near future.
This year, I'm going to make this my motto: Be Present. I used to be a mom who also worked in an office - I'm convinced there's nobody better at multi-tasking and organizing a week better than a working mother. I was always focused on multiple things because I had to. This year, both because I'm not working and also because my boys aren't babies anymore, I've been given a gift of being able to focus my attention on one thing at a time.
I'll be honest - this is not an easy transition to make. I still often find myself scattered. I'm getting better, though, and I'm resolved to become an expert at really being wherever I am. When I'm at the playground with the boys, I will be with them, playing or watching. I will put down my phone and only check it when it rings (if I must). I will tackle one item on my list at a time, doing it well and to completion. I will look around and take in my surroundings. I will immerse myself in beauty. I will be there for my family and friends. I will appreciate every second of my life.