Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Little Bit More

A lot of people are posting about New Year's Resolutions, goals, what they are going to do this year to introduce broad, sweeping change into their lives.

Mine's not quite that dramatic. My goal is this: Do a little bit more.

Nothing set in stone. No requirements, no quotas, no charts. Just...do a little bit more. In everything. Spend a few minutes more cleaning my house every day. Spend a few minutes more planning and making meals. Spend a few minutes more exercising. Be a little bit more aware of what I'm putting into my body. Be a little bit kinder and more willing to reach out to those around me. Be a little bit better when it comes to documenting my kids' milestones. Spend a little bit more time outside, a little bit more time away from the internet and this worn-out keyboard. Spend a little bit more in quiet, reflective silence that doesn't involve music or screens. Slip a little bit more tongue in when kissing my husband.

HA HA YOU DIDN'T SEE THAT ONE COMING, DID YOU, INTERNETS?

Ahem. Maybe also be a little bit more mature.

But only a little bit. Because a little bit here and there isn't so very hard to succeed at, and doesn't give me anything to beat myself up over if I don't quite manage it today. Because there's always room for a little bit more tomorrow, too.

28 comments:

Lydia said...

That's a good goal. Everyone can stand to do a little bit more.

Bonnie the Boss said...

LOVED all that you are willing to do a bit more with.
Mine is not to kill any of my kids. So far I am right on target.
Your resolution is so much better than mine.

prerna pickett said...

great goal, and very doable!

Shallee said...

I LOVE this. I've been unsure exactly what I want my goals to be this year, because there are so many places I want to do better in my life. This is the perfect way to do a little better every day. We can all do a little bit.

The Writing Hour. said...

That's really good, actually. Very doable!
All I'm "resolving" to do is eat less fast food and only drink one or two sodas per week. Not very ambitious.

Amanda said...

That is a great resolution. And I'm sure your husband will be happy with the last on! Haha

Wish you the best of luck!

Serenity said...

This is a little bit awesome. I was sort of lost on the resolutions this year too, because I'm really proud of my momentum in the last few years but not QUITE as proud as I would like to be. Wah-lah. Your post. Love it.

Anthony said...

I have woken up in an alternate reality where Kiersten mentions... she says... she talks about... but... uh...

**ahhhh!**

**THUD**

Aubrey said...

I think that's the best any of us can do!

Christine Rains said...

Ha! We could all do just a little bit more. :)

Karen Adair said...

Love! So well said and definitely manageable (especially the kissing part--that'd make my hubby happy...um, yeah...I mean more time away from the computer will make him happy. Yeah. Yeah.)

Lindsey Bench said...

I like you a little bit more because of this post. But Hot Stuff is going to like you a whole lot more.

Melissa said...

He he he! Totally didn't see the kissing one coming! I know that I can definately try to do a little bit more in all aspects of my life, but I also want to be a little more present in my day to day life.

My husband and I each issued a challenge for the year, he has given up Pepsi Max (and all Cola drinks), and I have given up Chocolate (in all forms). This challenge was sealed with a text sent to each other (we had no paper when we decided to do it - we were at the beach trying to cool off on a very hot new years eve). So far, so good, despite the fridge FULL of chocolate from Christmas.

All the best with doing a little bit more in the aspects of your life that are the most important. Maybe that's what it's all about too, re-prioritising, doing a little bit more for the things that count, and scaling back on the things that are not worth the sacrifice.

Megs said...

Amen to this one, definitely. :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's a great way to look at goals. And how I need to look at them.

Renee Collins said...

More french kissing. Now THAT'S a New Year's Resolution.

Amy Moran said...

Maturity is badly overrated.

Sarah Ahiers said...

AHAHAHAH!! I was all like "let's see what kind of TMI she was talking about on FB". And then u laughed out loud.
Good one on you, missy

Kate said...

Nope, didn't see it coming. :) Funny! :)

Lexie said...

Hot Stuff must love your resolutions.

ilima said...

All marriages could probably use a little bit more kissing. Haha. Great post.

Dominique said...

That's a great resolution. I might just co-opt it for one of my own. Thanks for sharing. :)

Nikki Jefford said...

Love it! Especially the bit about slipping tongue.

Last week I won a free copy of "Supernaturally" from Gothic Angel Book Reviews so the New Year is already off to a fantastic start!

I loved "Paranormalcy" and happen to think it has the best cover design EVER!

YA Bibliophile said...

Yes! Those are mine as well! Well, except for that last one. I don't have a husband and it'd be awkward and inappropriate to consider yours ;)

Whirlochre said...

About this tongue of yours.

I presume you plan to exercise it a little more rather than summon more of it from the depths like you were winching a bucket from a well.

We can't have you being called Kiersten "Weird Lizard Tongue Woman" White.

Amber Cuadra said...

This is really good. That's a really good mantra to have: just a little bit more. :)

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I think your resolution is lovely! :) best of luck

Anonymous said...

I love this idea!

-Christine from Arizona