Supermom In Training: My New Year's resolutions

Yep, I make New Year's resolutions, but not just because it's the New Year... because it's a good time to work on some goals. I do this not only on January 1st but throughout the year. It's a good way to keep things in check. An annual resolution list could easily be forgotten. But not one that's quarterly, for example.

So here are some of my New Year's resolutions. If you have any tips or suggestions on how to make these successful, I'm all ears!

- Cut down on our garbage. Over the holidays, for one week, we not only filled our massive black garbage bin but seven additional bags of trash. Seven. That's crazy. As I looked at my garbage area outside, overflowing with garbage that would soon sit in a landfill, I felt horrible about it. And it was then and there I resolved to make efforts to cut back on our waste. I need to be a more proactive recycler and composter. What else can we do to scale back on our output of trash?

- Drink more water. Water is in coffee, so that counts, right? I'm kidding! I am terrible about hydrating. I know I am. And yet I harp on my son to drink more water. I need to practice what I preach.

- Learn some new skills. There are some things in life that I've just chocked up to, "My husband can do it." But I need to learn some basics. I don't know how to turn on or cook on the barbecue. Or do a car oil change. Or change the furnace filter.

- Read more. When I had my son almost six years ago, I all but gave up on reading actual books. My magazine subscriptions would stack up on my nightstand, and I'd was super behind all the latest fiction everyone was talking about. But I can make more time now for casual reading. And I need it.

- Join something active. Last year it was trampoline class - it was the first exercise class I'd ever committed to for so long. Then when summer rolled around I stopped, and I haven't gone back to anything since. It's time. Yoga maybe? Or (cue: impending doom music) dum dum dummmmmm.

A full-time work-from-home mom of a toddler, Jennifer Cox (our “Supermom in Training”) loves dabbling in healthy cooking, craft projects, family outings, and more, sharing with readers everything she knows about being an (almost) superhero mommy.