Random Resolutions

I got a little behind on my resolution week. The weekend snuck up on me and since we were heading out for the weekend, Friday was a busy day for me as well. The weekend was way fun though! Stu and I went to the Phoenix Bridal Show. It’s HUGE!! We’re looking into the possibility of renting a booth there for CDO Studios sometime in the next couple of years hopefully. I’d love to get to do more weddings, but it’s kind of difficult to just “break in” to that market. I mean, what bride wants to hire a photographer with no wedding experience, ya know? So if you know of anyone getting married soon, and in need of a photographer, recommend me and I’ll give them a GREAT deal! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’m going to condense down the rest of my resolutions, even though I was going to spend more time on these. So be warned that this might end up as a long post, but I’m ready to just get these all out there and be done resoluting. πŸ˜‰

Farewell to Facebook…. sorta.
Ya know how I’ve mentioned limiting my screen time. It’s come up several times, and it’s obviously something that I really need to do. However I’ve had a hard time sticking to that “knowledge.” I have done better through the kid’s witching hour and all that, but recently I’ve become very much aware that I’m spending too much time at the computer. Facebook is a big part of where I spend that computer time as well. So initially I was just going to pull the plug and make a HUGE change by deleting my FB account entirely. Stuart wisely suggested that I not do that though. He’s right of course, especially as I’ve got the CDO Studios fan page on there as well. That’s a great tool!! Then I thought that I’d just log in once a week. Well… that wasn’t going to fly. Because while I used the whole “This is my connection to the outside world” excuse to justify all the time I was spending on FB, the truth is it pretty much IS my only connection to the outside world. Sadly enough. πŸ˜‰ So, I’ve worked through and modified this resolution to be a designated Facebook 15. In the evenings after at least 2 children have hit the hay, I’ll log on for 15 min to update my status and “spy” on all my friends. πŸ™‚ It’s going to be a huge discipline exercise for me because on those days when I’m battling my boys all day and things are just going whacky, I like to be able to “vent” to a point on FB. BUT my boys need me to be more in the moment with them through the whole day, and this is one way to help make that happen.

Resolved to right thinking!
β€œFinally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things.” ~ Phil 4:8
This verse is going to be “mine” for this year… or one of mine anyway. πŸ˜‰ I confess I have a tendency to think and dwell on negative things. To the point even where I’m inventing entire scenarios and conversations in my mind where I’m able to just say exactly what I think to put so-in-so in their place. πŸ™‚ I have an active imagination! πŸ˜‰ I’ve been thinking a lot recently about just how bad of a habit this is though. Because often I’m taking a situation out of context. Dwelling on a wrong, or even a perceived wrong (which is worse) is a very bad thing to do since it only hardens my feelings against that person or circumstance more. And since usually there is absolutely nothing I can do to change it, having an imaginary “fight” where I do change things is not profitable. I know… it makes little sense to you probably because for some strange reason I’m having a hard time really describing this. Ha! Oh well. The main thing is that I want to think on things that meet the criteria in Phil 4:8, and have a healthier way of thinking.

Resolved to snuggle!
I want to hold my kids more! Some days I feel like a climbing tree for a whole barrel of monkeys! And since I am not a really touchy feely person, that can be difficult for me. But Stu and I have both noticed that when we make a real effort to just take our kids on our laps and hold them, or rock them and talk to them, their attitudes improve tremendously!! Have you read that “Love Languages” book for kids? It’s good! And it’s good for me to remember that I need to be speaking all 5 of those love languages to my kids. Maybe some days the reason they want to hang on me all day is because their “touch” love tank is empty. So I’m resolved to snuggle more this year, even on days where I don’t feel like snuggling… and ya know, maybe that cuddle therapy will help me out too! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I think that about does it for my resolutions this New Years! I like to “resolve” things all through the year, and I’m sure I’ll be posting some of those as I go as well. πŸ™‚ So what are your “big” resolutions for this year? I’d love to hear them as well. Perhaps they’ll inspire some more change in me too!

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