2013: The year we finally do the crap we say we will

Don't worry, I'm not judging you. I'm utterly terrible about keeping my resolutions too.

Maybe I get too ahead of myself. Maybe the things I resolute to change really aren't all that important to me. Maybe I'm not focusing on the right things in my life, I don't know. What I do know is that I'm terrible at seeing these things through.

Here's the thing, though; starting 2013 off with a fresh, new baby and as a family of four has left my husband and I WANTING to make a few changes to our lives. We don't want to make resolutions just to make them, we genuinely want to set goals and achieve them. Be forewarned: having children makes you want to better yourself (that or drink an entire bottle of Vodka, you decide).

So this year my husband and I have decided to do our resolutions a little differently. We're going to set a personal, family and work goal. That way we won't overburden ourselves while trying to lose weight AND quit drinking entire bottles of Vodka at the same time (just kidding on that drinking part, who has time to drink when you don't sleep and are getting screamed at by the mini boss-man).

For my personal goal, I want to finally do the things I set out to do with this blog. It's not meant to just be an outlet for me (although it is a fabulous one), I want it to be a place to connect with other vegan parents, I want to tantalize you all with amazing recipes, reel you in with witty vlogs (who am I kidding, I just want to post a vlog where I don't have baby poop and toothpaste in my hair) and figure out this thing we call vegan parenting. I want to take my blog a little more seriously.

Here's where you can help! Some super awesome reader nominated my blog for one of those Circle of Mom Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Blog Lists. Someone did it last year as well, but I didn't really think much of it. While there's no stupendous prize at the end of the contest, it would be nice to know that I've got readers out there who want to hear more of what I have to say. All you have to do is click the link I've provided or the badge in the top right column that says "Vote for me." It'll take you to the webpage and you'll click the little thumbs up "vote" under Chubby Vegan Mom. You can vote once a day through February 7. In return you'll receive my undying love. (I swear).

For my family goal, I've decided to relax more and enjoy the small things. I realize this might seem like a silly goal to some of you. Who has to "try" to relax? Even before I was the mother of two incredibly precious (and precocious) I had a hard time "going with the flow." I'm one of those control freaks, basically when it comes to anything - from money to day-to-day plans.

Becoming a second-time mother has taught me one incredibly invaluable lesson. There is no such thing as control or plans when it comes to raising a toddler and a newborn. So instead of pulling my hair out because I can't micromanage my micropeople, I'm going to learn to embrace the chaos and enjoy the hell out of the small things. Like Pearyn reaching for my hand when she's falling asleep or Braeburn's goofy, toothless, gassy grin that I can't seem to get on camera. Those are the things that make my heart melt, so I'm going to let them melt it a little bit longer than normal.

And as for my work goal, it's been primarily the same thing for the last four or five months. I want to get promoted. I adore what I'm doing right now, but I'm totally ready for more responsibility and to essentially step up what I already do. I get to work with such an amazing team, I want to figure out how to be more of an asset to them.

Perhaps my goals are still too lofty; perhaps I'll achieve them in a matter of months, I don't know.

I do know this: I'm getting too damn old to keep saying I'm going to do things and change things. The last thing I want is to wake up one day and realize how much time I've wasted (especially when I wasted so much time trying to plan and control said wasted time).

Did you make a resolution this year?

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  1. We're eating cleaner as a family! I guess this is more my husband and I than our kids though, they're kind of forced to eat what we prepare.

  2. We are going to budget and stick to it. We even got the envelop and cash only system to boot! Want to start saving up for a family vacation!

  3. We're going to clear out the clutter, FINALLY. We have so much old stuff we've held on to that its really time to make room in our basement for something better!