the new year's resolutions I thought about at 5am

Monday, January 2

Sometimes 4 or 5 AM feedings are good for catching up on twitter. Sometimes they're good for resting your tired eyes until you violently head bob and remember what you're doing. And sometimes they're good for thinking. The morning of my birthday I woke up {as usual} to a sweet and hungry babe, a diaper change and a groggy husband who I'm pretty sure said "happy birthday Syd" in his sleep. It didn't feel like my birthday {a scavenger hunt and candle topped blackberry/raspberry pie helped remedy that in a hurry}, but I did feel older. In a good way. Ready to start the new year. For some crazy reason I feel like 2012 is the year for big and exciting things. Regardless of the fact that I have a very new baby. Or maybe because I have a new baby. My outlook has changed. My resolve has become stronger. And maybe if it wasn't for those quiet early morning moments, I wouldn't have taken the time to even realize it. I'm looking forward to this year, because it's the first one that I won't be living entirely for myself. This new kid in town is helping me to be better, maybe a little wiser, and develop greater capacity for love and patience. Anyway. That got kind of serious. Point is ... here's to 2012 and kicking some resolution booty.

Resolutions 2012:
Be Strong: work out 3-5 mornings a week & be ready for the mud run in April
Be Healthy: just dang domesticate yourself and become a connoisseur of quick and healthy meals. Remember to eat healthy snacks between meals.
Be Smart: read five books, start to finish. Write actual letters. And embrace new opportunities. They'll help you grow.
Be Happy: remember to be grateful, date Tyson regularly, take time to greet him when he comes home, treasure the small things, thoroughly enjoy your first year as a mom. A mom!
Be Wise: devote more time daily to spiritual development
Be Motivated: shower and get dressed. Stuff actually gets done when you do.
Be Organized: organize your day/week into designated segments and make Excel your very best friend

104 comments:

pancakeSTACKER said...

I love your resolutions! I have yet to make mine, but I have a feeling they'll be somewhat similar! Happy 2012!!

xoxo,
http://pancakeSTACKER.blogspot.com

Irene Buffa said...

super resolutions!!
can ii copy them?
kiss
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Julie said...

Great resolutions! As parents, I feel like so many of us share those same goals. Here's to 2012!

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rebeccahearts.com said...

These are great resolutions and you look stunning in that picture. Is that seriously what you look like at 5am? Not cool, man.

Rebecca (hearts)...

Charlotte said...

Great resolutions,and such a sweet post. Good luck xx

shefoundstyle said...

So you aren't going to do the Nude run in the mud this year? HA!

**I'm so hoping you are remembering your funny twitter typo from the other day...

Katie said...

These are wonderful! You are my favorite blog to read! Happy New Year!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I just know you'll accomplish these. Happy 2012!

kaitlin {bee-loved} said...

I think we could all use a little more patience for 2012! Best of luck with your resolutions, you can do it girly!!

Natalie said...

love your resolutions! beautiful photo!

Ana Magdalena said...

great list

Madeline Grace said...

These are wonderful! I hope you accomplish everything!

Lisa @ MMT said...

Great resolutions! Enjoy your time as a Momma :)

Girlie Blogger said...

Fantastic goals. I like how you want to be a better mom. It's so important to be there for your kids.

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Petchie said...

Great Resolutions! Happy New Year!

xoxo
Petchie
http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

Ellen said...

Love all of these resolutions! They are so incredibly fantastic.

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melissamevans said...

Happy New year! Exciting times! Great personal resolutions for the new year :)

Elegantly Academic said...

Great new years resolutions & lovely photograph. All the best for 2012 ...

Kelly @
Elegantly Academic

SaigeWisdom said...

that photo of you is gorg! and there's nothing like the feeling you get when you discover a hand written letter in your mail box... some great resolutions for what's sure to be a great year.

miss vintage vixen. said...

I need to be motivated and organized, as well-- and happier! I love your resolutions.

nzkiwigirl said...

well done for thinking those up at 5am. I would have been like, what? and then, huh? and then like, woah.
and then back to sleep.

Meghan said...

I know you will succeed in your resolutions. I have done similar ones in the past and it truly makes you feel great.
Follow my blog for book reviews you may find something you want to read.
Happy 2012
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Jenni Austria Germany said...

i love reading people's resolutions. (reading/stealing....same difference.)

Danielle Nelson said...

Ha! I do the exact same thing. Love your resolutions. Happy 2012!
-Danielle :)
A Little Bit Adrift

It's A Love Story said...

Those are great!

XoXo
Elizabeth
http://itzalovestory.blogspot.com/

Chloe Jacqueline said...

Awe this is a beautiful post! Wishing you all the best in 2012!

Laura Nelson said...

These are so perfect. I love your resolutions!

Celia said...

From one reluctant domestic to the other - never, ever underestimate the crock pot.

tourist in my town said...

these are some great resolutions. love them.

www.contentwhateverthecircumstances.blogspot.com

Shug in Boots said...

Ha. It's funny because I have these thinking/praying moments when I'm up super early or in the middle of the night treating my low blood sugars. Happy 2012 to you and yours! :)

ThisLittleMomma said...

I love the be motivated one! It's true, I have a new baby and find that I am more motivated when I shower and get pretty! Happy New Year Sydney!

The Cantelmo Family said...

these are great!!

Rona said...

What great resolutions! I feel like they are realistic and obtainable unlike most of my resolutions! I think that staying motivated is the key to making all of the other ones happen!

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Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel said...

These are perfect resolutions. I can tell your outlook has changed now that you're a mother. I'm super excited for the year and can't wait to see what's in store for you. :)

hannahstiff said...

Man, I need to workout more, part of my new mom resolution, too. My daughter is 5 months old now and finding time to do it all is tricky, but it all starts with a shower and putting on an outfit. That's actually why I started a mommy fashion blog: to encourage other mom's to get up everyday and get dressed! Anyways... happy 2012! XO

real budget, real busy, real body fashion:
4scarlet.com

McKenna said...

great resolutions...and very insirational!

Candace Stevenson said...

love these. Love the Be's. Reminds me of Gordan B Hinkley :) hah that's right, you just reminded me of a prophet. also, happy birthday!
Lovely Little Rants

Baking in Couture said...

I love the beginning of the year!

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Stephanie and Such said...

Love how you worded each resolution.

You are beautiful!!

XOXO

2Anchor said...

Great resolutions!!! and achievable ones! I'm still working on mine....Happy New Year!

xoKylee

DM said...

lovely resolutions wish you the best luck with them :)

Michelle's Style File said...

Wonderful resolutions! All the best in 2012 : )

x
Michelle
www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

these are all such beautiful goals. i adore the way you set it up! you are incredible and inspiring girl. keep it up!
xo TJ

Lori said...

GREAT resolutions! I love your blog and that baby of yours is gorgeous!

itsawant said...

love your resolutions! your blog is so adorable :) just came across it not too long ago!

Lee Anne
http://itsawant.wordpress.com/

A Southern Bee DIary said...

Great Resolutions !! Very inspiring :)

A Southern Bee Diary

xo.

Shannon said...

What a GREAT list of goals. Happy 2012 to you.

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

Delaney said...

Great choices! Best of luck in this new year!

Along Abbey Road said...

I like your list and the way you categorized it. Makes it more manageable. I feel like you always shower and get dressed everyday because of your amazing outfits! Looking forward to your style of 2012!

♥Abbey
Along Abbey Road
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Supal said...

These are great! We can all keep each other motivated :)

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Malin said...

Haha - the one about getting showered and dressed is just so true!! Unfortunately my subconscious seems to have learned this, so it's making me not want to shower... (Trying to anyways, I swear I still shower occasionally!)

Joanna said...

Be Movitated: shower & get ready!

OH my gosh. Me too. Such a difference when I do. I gotta do it more often :)

Recently graduated graduate student. Moving out, growing up and attempting to plan a wedding. said...

Are you a member of Goodreads.com? I commute 3 hours each day to and from work and get most of my book recommendations from the site! I would definitely recommend it!

Happy New Year to you, your husband and that cutie baby!

-Kate
http://ummmnowwhat.blogspot.com/

Nicole said...

Great resolutions! I'm sure you will accomplish them all. Nursing time was always a great time to do many things for me too :)

www.pencilskirtsandnoodlenecklaces.blogspot.com

Mrs.Danielle.Warren said...

What a great list! Love the categories your lists are in. You're on the right track cause aren't there 7 B's anyway ;) My fingers toes are crossed that you accomplish your goals!

Rae Veda said...

Have a great 2012! You have some great goals. xo, rv

http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

simply megan. said...

Such great resolutions! Be the best version of yourself that you can be!

Brooke Elyse said...

great resolutions!! I love the way you wrote them, I think I'll borrow the idea.... thanks :)

Natalie Suarez said...

happy new year! love ya! xx

natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

Jenna E said...

You are sooo BEAUTIFUL! Happy Birthday and New Year!! I can't wait to become a mommy in 2012 :D

laurenjeanallece said...

Wonderful resolutions! Each one plays an integral part of being a better version of the person you already are - I think those are the best kinds!

Dani said...

Great resolutions! Very inspiring.

fufstyle.blogspot.com

Britta Marie said...

Your list of resolutions is so practical! So many people make resolutions that they already know they probably won't follow through on. I have no doubt that you will be able to fulfill all of your resolutions this year!

Maria said...

I had my son last January and it really is the best kind of wonderful! It has made me more patient (most of the time) and given my life a whole new meaning. I, too, look forward to being wiser, happier, healthier, and stronger this year. These are great life-long goals. Look forward to watching your journey continue. Here's to being AWESOME mommas in 2012 ;)

Waking Up To This..... said...

Hey girl check out my blog you are in it today!

Ria said...

These are perfect resolutions! I hope this year brings y'all so much happiness!

Ima said...

Happy New Year!! Hope you can do fulfill all your resolutions :)

Audrey said...

love this photo, it's very fresh!

ROWE

Hollie said...

Happy happy birthday! We are twinners! It's my birthday today too. Love the blog, resolutions, and the baby! What a doll. Hope you had a fantastic day! :)

Taylor Morgan said...

I love your Be Motivated resolution. Getting ready every morning is one of mine too. It really does help you be more productive with your days. Happy New Year :)

Taylor Morgan said...

I love your Be Motivated resolution. Getting ready every morning is one of mine too. It really does help you be more productive with your days. Happy New Year :)

Oh my Dior! said...

I also want to be a stronger person!!

http://www.ohmydior.org/

Jessica said...

Good resolutions! I just had my son two weeks before you had E....He is our second son. I just did my resolution post and put it on my blog, one of which was get up and get ready before the kids get up. It's amazing how a shower and brushed hair and a little lipgloss will motivate you for the day! However I do love all your goals..
I also have enjoy the small things on there....
Really truely enjoy this first year, I'm not joking, it goes way tooo fast! Before you know it he'll be walking....I get teary eyed when I think about our first sons first year! Such a precious time being a brand new mommy!
Check out my resolutions on the blog:
www.thehazelstreetdiaries.blogspot.com

Cait Emma said...

ha i adore you

C | www.linenandleaves.blogspot.com

Urban Nester said...

I couldn't agree more about making excel your new best friend. Check out my new years resolutions over on my blog!
Xo.
Http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

Krista Lynn said...

Love the resolutions! But now I'm curious? How are you organizing your day/week by using excel? I have never thought about doing that before!

www.crescendoblog.blogspot.com

Christi Lynn said...

love your resolutions! good luck with them! I bet you do great.

projectdowhatyoulove said...

Don't you just love the New Year! I love resolutions and yours sounds great! Good luck tackling them!

Natalie
www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

fashionmagnolia said...

amazing, I'm a new mom too and we think the same....

Melody said...

Great resolutions!! I like the one about books, I should adopt that.

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trisha*n said...

I can tell you already are a great mom...but aren't new years great so we can really refocus on what is important. Hope your year is fantastic :)

Kultur und Stil said...

quite good plans you made! I hope you will stick to them in this new year!
xxx Anita

astr!d said...

you are always beautiful. but....this picture is absolutely STUNNING!!!!! no make up, bed head, stunning!!! i want a picture like this of me!! momma looks good on you!
and thats a big list.....take it easy and enjoy that baby, they grow faster than you can ever imagine. so dont beat yourself up if you dont do all those things!!!

Magda said...

So I wish you to be happy in 2012 :-)

adahliavolk said...

How beautiful! I think it is going to be a fantastic year too!
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Michelle said...

Sounds like you are off to a fabulous New Year Syd!!!!!!! Hope this year you do kick some booty!!!!! Beautiful Mama.....

Jessica Wray said...

I love your list of resolutions! I always feel like I have to pick one thing... I like of you encompassed them all.

Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

wonderful resolutions... i took a similar approach and figure that if i work on my relationships (God, boyfriend, family, friends), my health, and my passions then everything else will fall into place.

I love the idea of "dating" the person you are dating, is it too easy to just fall into the monotony of life.

cheers

Melanie said...

I just recently found your blog and I am really enjoying it! I'm having my first baby in March, and I completely identify with feeling like 2012 will be a big year! Love your resolutions as well.

Judith said...

Great resolutions! Especially love the sentence: "stuff gets done when you do" - you're so right about that.
Love from Holland!

Evie Stoneman said...

Brilliant resolutions! I have to admit that they are different to mine, but I feel like they're much better. Wiser already!
I especially liked this bit, 'and make Excel your very best friend'. I guess I'm ahead of you on that one...

croquetteshouse said...

Same resolutions! Exactly the same! It will be difficult but it's a resolution purpose, don't it?

an said...

Lovely resolutions. I was actually thinking about doing a half marathon in april, but I haven't actually made up my mind yet... It's in april and I'm not sure if I'll be fit enough for that by then...
xoxo
Andrea
Wonderful and Marvelous

the haute topik said...

My goodness we pretty much have the same! Glad to see someone else knows where I'm coming from.

Cheers- all the way from Dallas, Texas!

Jennifer
www.thehautetopik.com

Kristal said...

You are amazing! Gosh, what great thoughts and resolutions. You are inspiring and such a breath of fresh air to read daily. I am so excited for 2012, glad you are too!
Kristal

http://www.sincerelyarizona.blogspot.com/

delightfully darling said...

I simply adore these resolutions... they are perfect for just about everyone! I hope that 2012 is amazing for you and that your first year as a MOM is epic! You deserve it.

xo Teresa
www.delightfullydarling.com

RosyRilli said...

I love the one about writing actual letters! Such a lost art.

Ginger Tea said...

YAY for you!!! I wish I can read more books too! Not much of a reader!

Come visit my site!!!

GINGERTEA!

Ge Em Be said...

Love it! Your resolutions are very doable and promote personal growth!

Angel-Lyn said...

These are great resolutions. Very realistic and attainable. I'd like to join in on some of these myself.

meremorphy said...

love the BE'S!

Ashley said...

The mud run sounds like fun!

Anna said...

this is a beautiful photo, and a scene I know all too well these days (just had my first baby too) ;). you've inspired me to make my resolutions, even if a little belated.

marta said...

hello sydney.. i must fess up. i've just landed in your blog and have read back into december!! nutso. a pretty picture of you pregnant on pinterest led me here and i'm in love with your darling family, the red fab lipstick, your modest fashionable outfits and your happy cheerful genuine persona. keep up the good work. happy to find you!

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