We are a week into the new year and I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and generate some of the goals I would like to achieve in 2019. I’m into resolutions but from my recent conversations with others on the topic, I feel like ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ have a negative connotation. So, instead, I came up with goals that I would like to achieve over the next 12 months.
My Goal at Home
After the chaos we call Christmas, our house was a disaster for almost two solid weeks and I really noticed how that affected my mood. I found I was in a negative headspace and when I reflected on the reason for this, it really seemed like it was due entirely to not being able to get a handle on our messy house. When things are in disarray, it makes me feel anxious, frustrated, and distracted. I know a messy house is unavoidable at times, but around here we have a tendency to either have a spotless home or a disaster zone. So my goal for the year is to live a everyday clean lifestyle, and clean as I go. That means I will take time to pick up my mess before I start something new. I’ll allow flexibility with this goal, as I am the mother to a two year old who’s favourite hobby is emptying drawers :)
My Personal Goal
Since I was pregnant with Luca, I have developed some really unhealthy eating patterns that I need to kick. I find it extremely challenging to make my intake a priority, especially since having a newborn and a toddler, so most days I don’t eat anything until the mid afternoon. When I finally do eat, I grab whatever is quick and easy. When we are out, that often means going through a drive-thru. When we are home, that usually means a bowl of cereal or a muffin. Often times I’m so hungry when I finally eat that I eat such a big portion. Basically I do the exact opposite of what is recommended (eating small portions often). As of the new year, I have enlisted some help with my nutrition and activity and I’m off to a good a start already! My goal isn’t to eat less to lose weight, it is to eat healthier so I have more energy and feel better. I want to make my health a priority! I’m not big into counting calories and monitoring everything I eat, instead I was to make healthy choices the majority of the time and live a healthy lifestyle. I would never give up treating myself!
My Goal as a Mother
I love my kids SO much that it’s hard for me to talk about doing better as their mother because I feel horrible even thinking that I could do better! I pretty much live for my kids but there is always room for growth, right? I find myself very focused on getting everything on my ‘To Do List’ done, that I forget to stop, step back, and enjoy my kids while they are little. I might have to add ‘spend quality time with Bella & Luca’ to that list! I want to make an effort to slow down, stay home, get down, and play on the floor with my kids. Not be distracted and doing other things, but give them my focus. I can’t do this all day, every single day (it’s just not in my nature), but I need to do it more.
My Goal as a Wife
On a similar note, both my husband and I need to make an effort to spend quality time together. We spend a lot of time together as a family, but if you are a parent to two little ones, you know that means you are just surviving and trying to keep the kids alive. This parenthood thing is exhausting but we need to make time for each other to talk, laugh, and catch up. Date nights would be nice but even just watching a movie together that isn’t Disney would be good too! :)
My Goal for my Blog
Last year, I decided I wanted to take the plunge and start my own personal blog. I did that (duh), so my goal for this year is to continue to grow it. It’s only been about 5 months and I’m proud of where my blog is so far, but I’d like to reach more people and continuing working with new companies. Finding the time to take photos and sit down and write blog posts is always challenging, but I truly do enjoy doing it so I want to keep it up. So many people start blogs but don’t post consistently. I have managed to post roughly once a week, which is manageable and something I would like to maintain.
My goal of my blog as a whole and this blog post is to inspire my readers! What would you like to see from me in 2019? We can all do better in some area of our life. What are your goals for 2019?