It's a new year and sadly I'm not feeling like a new me. In fact, after an especially ambitious holiday entertaining schedule I feel worn out, like a sponge that has been used too long and really needs to be replaced.
Some people have New Year's resolutions but I have The Fulfillment Project. I decided to combat my worn out, spongelike, dark eyecircled feeling with something that seemed guaranteed to put some spring back into my step.
I would live like a kid.
Fortunately, I have kids so I get to see, first hand, what this means.
One thing it means is healthy eating. Who needs your own Oprah-style personal chef when you have a mother dedicated to turning out well-balanced meals and insisting that all snacks be healthy. Yes, we do dessert at our house but in small portions. Um, what I meant to say is the kids eat dessert in small portions. My husband and I have gotten in the habit of having second and sometimes even third helpings after the kids are in bed.
Speaking of bed, we all know that getting enough sleep is a major component to not feeling like a worn out sponge. I do a pretty good job with this but lately my Kindle reading habit has kept me up into the wee hours.
Which brings me to another component of kid life in the Garth household. Electronic entertainment. If you're a regular reader of my blog you already know it's limited. If I tell my kids they can't watch television during the schoolweek than maybe that would be a good rule for me too.
As I wrote the above three paragraphs my mind was already beginning to reel. There would be a lot of changes in the New Year and I wasn't sure I was entirely prepared for them. Then I heard the kids upstairs. They were emitting that gigantic belly laugh that I hardly ever do anymore. Maybe a couple of weeks of living like a kid is exactly what the doctor ordered.