Making Resolutions

new years

I don’t usually do new Year’s resolutions. I think they are dumb. Well, at least mine are.
But there are some  things I’d like to work on so I’m thinking if I  list them, all of you can hold me accountable and I’ll be more likely to follow through.
Here goes….
1. I will exercise more.
So cliche, right?  I don’t exercise regularly, partly because in the summer I don’t need to.  I stay so busy and work outside in the yard so much that in a regular day I get a work out naturally. Plus we hike and bike and go for walks, so I get exercise without trying.  Well come winter, let’s just say I’m a little less than active. It’s much easier to curl up in bed when it’s -20 out and dark by 4pm.  Some days I do OK, the kids and I do Tae Bo or dance dvds together sometimes, and let me tell you there is no better work out than shoveling snow!! But those times are few and far between, so I want to be more determined and take the time to work out daily….or at least weekly. ~wink wink~

2. I will be more patient with my kids.
This isn’t something I’m just starting, I try to work on this everyday.  They mean the world to me and I need to remember that even when they are at their least lovable. Sometimes when I hear them get snippy with each other, I actually hear them sounding like me.  I want them to copy me by being patient and loving with each other.

3. I will try to be more patient in general.
As I get older I am less and less tolerant of people.  I can hardly stand to go to the movie theater anymore because someone is bound to annoy me – talking too loud, letting their noisy kids run around, getting a phone call…etc. And not just at the moveis – customer service reps constantly don’t know how to do their jobs, it seems no matter where I go there a million reasons to get irked. But who is the only one to suffer from that? Me. Does the gum-smacking clerk at Walmart care that she doesn’t know how to do her job properly? No. So me getting worked up is really only harming me; therefore I’m going to try my best to stop. Yes there are a lot of stupid people out there, but it’s not my job to make up for them……..and I’ve made my fair share of mistakes in this life, too – that’s for sure! So I will try to love my neighbor and have more patience in every situation.

4. I will be laid back.
This shouldn’t be something you have to TRY to do, right?  Being relaxed is supposed to be easy, and yet it’s another thing I struggle with. Daily. I’m usually wound up. I’m sure it’s because I’m alone a lot and I have so many responsibilities to deal with. If I don’t keep on a schedule and stay on top of EVERYTHING, then nothing gets done.  Things fall through the cracks, we get behind, etc.   It’s all up to me.  But I don’t want to go through my life stressed and rushed and grumpy. Alaska is a great place to live, the overall pace of life is slower and everyone is laid back.  I have made the effort to conform and I think I have improved. But there is definitely more room for improvement, and I’m going to continue to try to not get worked up over the little things.  I want to cherish all these moments I have with the kids at these young ages. Time goes by so quickly,  I don’t want it to go even faster by rushing and stressing.

5. I  will spend more time with my husband, my Hot Oil Man.
We don’t go out much…or ever.  I’ve always been uncomfortable with babysitters (except for the grandma’s, but we left them 3,000 miles away).  But now that the kids are a little older I’m not so scared to leave them. They can almost fend for themselves and just need someone here to keep an eye on them.  We’re past diapers and tantrums.  Maybe it’s time we find a sitter and venture out . We should try to have a date night once a month – –  or at least once every six months???  My HOM and I enjoy each other, we’ve always simply had fun together.  We truly are best friends.  Although our most favorite times are family times with our kids, we do need some alone time, too.  I don’t want our only common interest to be our kids.

That wraps up my list. I could continue, as there are many more areas I could improve in, but if I want to actually be successful I can’t make the list too long.

Happy New Year! I hope you can stick to your resolutions, and wish me luck with mine!

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.


  1. Too lose weight. And be a better person.

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