Operation GOYA

by Ginger on January 4, 2010

in Becoming Myself

A new year, a new set of goals. Woot. My goals for 2010 can pretty much all be summed up under one banner phrase:

“Get off yer ass” (GOYA)

2009 was a wonderful year in many, many ways, but it was also one of the most sedentary years in my 30 year life. I didn’t move much, get out much, do much, try much. I basically sat a whole hell of a lot. 2010 needs to be different. Let’s break it down, shall we?

  1. Get moving. I’ve not been shy about my laziness. I am lazy. I would rather sit and watch tv (or movies or video games) than do a lot. It’s easy, and painless, and hey, sitting is nice. But I’m starting to feel achy all the time. I mean, yeah, there’s the stairs I go up and down a zillion times a day. And the lifting of the 15 lb. offspring is a nicer way to lift weights than lifting weights. But the achiness, and back pain, and all that other unfun stuff could be greatly helped by just generally getting off my ass and doing…anything that requires movement. I’m not going to promise exercise (though I hope to throw that in occasionally), but I’m at least hoping to do things like take the kid out for walks, and go to Balboa Park, and maybe do an easy hike or two. Once the weather is warmer some swimming, both at the beach and at the pool. Nothing crazy, but for heaven’s sake, I need to MOVE.
  2. Spend time with friends. It’s really easy for me to let my friendships lapse (see: lazy). I’m horrible about it because so often I don’t want to DO anything. And now with the kid, it’s really easy to just think–holy hell, this is such an ordeal to either take the kid or find a babysitter for the kid, schedule around his naps/feedings, figure out if I can have a drink, are we going somewhere that’s kid friendly, oh I don’t have anything to talk about but the kid and that’s got to be boring for everyone but me, etc. But honestly, I’m kinda lonely. I love my husband, don’t get me wrong, and we’re great friends, but hey it’s nice to have relationships with other people you know? So I’m just making it a goal to get off my ass and make an effort on this one.
  3. Make new friends. Not that I don’t love my current friends, but 1)my closest friends don’t live in San Diego, so it’d be nice to have some girlfriends locally and 2)it would be awesome to have a friend or two who has kids around Jackson’s age that we could hang out with without feeling weird about the kid. I don’t know how to go about meeting these people, but I’ve really got to try. Anyone have suggestions?
  4. Get back to photography. I really let my photography lapse in 09. To the point that I don’t remember how any of the settings on my camera work. Lame.  That is purely from lack of doing. So I’m going to get off my ass and start taking photos again. For the reals this time. And not just of the kid (though he will of course feature heavily in my photos), but of other interesting things too. I started taking photos as a creative outlet for me, and I want to get back to it.
  5. Do things with my husband and kid. Between N.C. being a workaholic and me being lazy, we don’t do a lot. We sit around the house on weekends, and lounge in our PJ’s. Which has its place, particularly after stressful weeks. But I want to experience things with my family, not just watch TV with them. I want us to go places and do things and try things. I want the kid to learn to be comfortable out and about and around people. I want us to be comfortable taking the kid out and about and around people. That is going to take a real commitment on my part, because it’s way too easy to fall into the “I’m tired and deserve time off” trap, where all of a sudden, every night and every weekend is forfeited to lounging around.  My goal is two weekends a month we go do….something. Whether it’s going out with friends, or going to the park, or taking trips, or visiting family, or…whatever it is, I don’t want our lives to be spent just observing life.

So there you have my goals for 2010. It’s time for me to make an effort to get up off my ass, and start doing. And hey, if I’m successful, I also get blog content, so it’s a win-win!

As always, more lists can be found over at Anna’s at abdpbt!

abdpbt January 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

It’s tough to get motivated and find energy once you have a kid. They take so much of your energy to begin with! It does get easier, though, with time. You can meet people with kids the same age by going to My Gym or Gymboree classes. That’s a good family activity on Saturday mornings for us, and there’s tons of other kids the same age.

Ginger January 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

I’ll have to look into those classes–it seems like most of the time when I find those sorts of things for our age range they’re only at like 10:15 am on a Tuesday, which kinda doesn’t work for me. But I really would love to do something like that…

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