To be totally honest, I wasn’t going to make resolutions this year. With ‘low mobility’ already here and ‘bed rest’ on the horizon (my body had problems holding in small life forms), a newborn to grow accustomed to, and a potential move in the near future, I thought survive seemed like all the resolution I needed.
Then I got to thinking… In order to survive this year, and more importantly, in order for my family to survive this year, I better set some goals. I need to set my sights on things that get us out of the house. In other words, things that help us maintain a sense of normalcy. The logistics may be tricky for us this year, but it’s doable.
While I’m still working out the specifics (numbers, ways to measure my goals, etc), here are the kinds of things I’m toying around with this year… And I’d love to hear what your outdoor goals are, if your willing to share.
Get outside every day
Even if it’s just a few minutes. The weather, no matter what it is, does us wonders.
More spontaneous ‘adventures’
The kind where one minute my kids think we’re going to sit down and have dinner, and the next minute we’re packing up that dinner and heading out for a picnic. The kind where I pick my child up from school in a van all packed and ready for a camp out.
Play more ultimate frisbee
Identify 5 new places to explore
I’m going to mull over my maps. If you don’t have a good map of your area/state make it a resolution to get one (I’d recommend the DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer they make one for just about every state, make sure you get the most current version). You’ll be surprised at all the new areas you’ll find flipping through topo maps.
Exercise by myself a few times a week
When I can exercise again that is… If this is on your list and you were thinking of leaving it off because you tried it last year and it didn’t work, put it back on the list! It’s well worth it! I miss excercise terribly.
Go on more outdoor ‘dates’
This means two things really. 1. Dates with my spouse. 2. One-on-one dates with my kids. I only did this a few times this year, but when I did the results were wonderful. Do it, you’ll see what I mean, and you’ll see that the outdoor component provides something a one-on-one shopping trip can’t.
Do something that pushes me physically
For me it’ll be learning a new trick in my kayak. Is this one on your list? Maybe you’re working up to running a 7 mile minute or doing 50 push-ups? There’s just something about making and reaching physical goals that makes me think I can do anything. I’ll be sharing this goal with my kids too, they’ll hopefully think I’m pretty awesome when I actually reach it.
Be more actively engaged with my kids outside
Rather than just enjoy the sun and wind this year, I want to help them to focus on what’s going on around them. What kind of bird is that? How are these rocks different? Why is the grass browner over here? I’m going to try to really be there with my kids!
Make really good granola bars
Anyone have a good chewy granola bar recipe? I’ve been trying to find the perfect one for years!
But first and foremost, I’ll be spending the next 3 months like this… Only with a coat on.
Happy resoluting everyone!