- Finally use that spa gift certificate Hillary gave me for my baby shower gift in MAY!
- Wake my husband up more when Peanut cries in the middle of the night. He could sleep through a tornado but is willing to help out if I kick him hard enough.
- Do the "Mommy & Me yoga" DVD more. I bought it two months ago, did it two days in a row and haven't done it since. I blame the holidays.
- Worry less ... OK try to worry less. Fine, I will try to worry less about worrying. It is a start.
- Write and read more and not feel guilty about it.
- Find an outlet either through a church or volunteer program - anything that will get me doing something more than being at work and being at home.
I am going to take at least an hour a week in which I leave my home and do nothing for anyone but me.
If I go to Target in that hour, I will come home with only cute clothes and stationery, not toilet paper and diapers. If I go to the bookstore, I will drink coffee and read in a chair and not browse in the children's section, feeling obligated to bring something home for The Boy. If I do not have a destination or goal in mind for that hour, I will take the computer or a book and go some place where I can write or read.
But I will try to have a destination, a date. I will encourage the other mothers in my acquaintance to join me in the Year of the Mom. I will meet them for drinks on a Sunday afternoon or a quick trip to the beach. I will stop feeling like an awkward, nerdy adolescent and suggest these outings instead of waiting to be asked.
So, mothers of the internets, raise your fist in the air, straighten your spit-up-upon shoulders and tell us your manifesto!