Café con Leslie: New Year's Resolutions 2014

Over the years I've had an on-again/off-again relationship with New Year's resolutions. One year I think I'm too cool to make New Year's resolutions that I know I'm never going to keep.  Then the next year I'm convinced that that is going to be THE year I'm actually going to keep every single resolution I make.  And some years all I feel that I can focus on is one single word for the entire year.

So where am I this year in regards to New Year's Resolutions for 2014? Well this year I'm happy to announce that New Year's resolutions and I are back together and happier than ever. I don't understand why we ever broke up in the first place. If I've learned anything in the last two years it's that life is short, and we need to live it up while we can. I don't want to look back at the end of my life (some 50+ years from now) and think, I should have done more of this or I wish I'd always done _________. Nor do I want to feel like I've put my life on hold waiting for when the time is right. (And trust me, I have felt like that more times than I care to admit.) But that has more to do with my Word for 2014 (which I'll be sharing tomorrow) than my New Year's Resolutions.  

I have no idea what 2014 has in store for us, but I'm excited to find out. I have a long list of things I want to do and accomplish this year, but I've managed to narrow it down to these resolutions that I think are totally doable.

My New Year's Resolutions for 2014: 

No more procrastinating!

Procrastination is the worst of my bad habits. I don't procrastinate about big things like work or anything having to do with the kiddies.  But I do procrastinate when it comes to my personal stuff, like writing out my list of New Year's resolutions. I keep putting things off (for whatever reason) until I feel it's too late to even bother trying to do those things that I really wanted to do in the first place.

I also need to work on not getting distracted by every shiny object that catches my attention.

Keep the home fires burning. 

I know this particular resolution is going to sound strange, but please bear with me as I try to explain. With the exception of my bedroom, my house no longer feels like home. In the last 8 months or so my house has become just a place where my family sleeps and I work on the computer.  (Everything else, with the exception of laundry and a couple of other things, we do over at my father-in-law's house, because that is where we've spent most of our time since back in April when my FIL first got sick.)  Parts of my house - like my kitchen, dining room, and living room - feel like a ghost town.  I can't remember the last time we sat together as a family at our dining room table to enjoy a meal or simply play a board game or something. (We still do these things, but over at my FIL's house.) Nor do I remember the last time I curled up in my comfy chair in the living room to read a book, which I used to be one of my favorite things to do.  And don't get me started on the kitchen. I seriously cannot remember the last thing I cooked in it, nor do I remember the last time I turned on the stove or oven. (I cook every single meal in my FIL's kitchen.) We've disconnected the fridge, because there's no point in running an empty fridge. The cupboards are completely bare. What used to be my favorite room in the house now feels completely foreign to me.

I get that my house has been put on the back burner while our other priorities take precedence and I really don't mind, but I miss that cozy, warm feeling of home. While I have been doing the bare minimum of housework around the house, it no longer has that cared for, lived in, homey feeling.

More than any other thing I want to do this year, I want to make my house feel like home again. I'm determined to get my house organized this year, do some major decluttering, and finish my list of projects that I've wanted to do around the house. I have my work cut out for me on this resolution because I know it's not going to be easy, but I am going to find a way to get it all done.


This is one of those things that I keep putting off.  I want to do it, I like to do it. And I think about doing it all the time, but I don't make the time to actually do it. And then at the end of the day I kick myself for not having written a single word. Like earlier this month, I wanted to write my traditional best of the year post, but I couldn't because I never wrote all those great blog posts I thought about writing. This year, I'm just going to do it.  I know better than to say from this moment on I'm going to blog every single day of the year, so I will just say that I'm going to blog more often. Three times a week, I can do. But if I blog more often, say 5 days a week, that would be fine too.


Video blogging (aka vlogging) is something I've wanted to do since I started blogging. But just like blogging, it's one of those things that I keep putting off for one reason or another. Do you see a pattern developing here? Again, I'm going to stop thinking about doing it and just do it.

Get my craft on.

There used to be a time when I considered myself to be pretty darn crafty. But somewhere along the way I stopped. It's time to dust off my glue gun and other crafting materials.  Also I think it's time to try my hand at some crafts I've always wanted to try. Like crocheting a blanket.  Ever since I learned how to make a granny square oh-so-many years ago, I've wanted to make a blanket. And unlike that one time in my early 20's when I crocheted about 100 granny squares, I actually want to finish it this time around.

Of course, I do have more resolutions like be a better wife, mom, and friend, finally achieve that perfect balance between life and work, make healthier choices, exercise more...  But those are things I work on daily.

Now tell me, what are your New Year's resolutions?

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  1. I'm so happy to see you blogging again, Leslie. You have a lovely voice and so much to share with the world. Family comes first, always, so don't ever feel guilty about taking the time you need to recharge those pilas. I started the year saying that I wanted to be more focused and only set two goals: to finish school and find a job in my field. Abrazos, amiga. And let's see some vlogs! <3

  2. Hola Ezzy! Que gusto verte por aqui! It feel good to blog again. I think those are great goals you have set for yourself, and I have no doubt you will exceed your goals. Abrazos to you too, amiga.

  3. Thanks for sharing Leslie :) ! I enjoy reading your blog posts and can't wait to see the first video blog post!

  4. Love this! And PS I'm totally jacking it for the next time I have nothing to blog about. Most likely next week. Ha!

  5. Saw this on Emily's The Real Housewife of Ciudad Jaurez blog and wondered how I was not still following your personal blog. Love this, I am going to have to borrow it and make a post in blog. I haven't posted in forever!