I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. Partly because I know how I am. I am a procrastinator who is pretty set in her ways. My husband would tell you I’m one of the worsts when it comes to starting something and not finishing it…sad but true! I am also constantly getting new ideas in my head, that leave the old ones in the dust. But, I think there is something refreshing about the New Year. It’s a chance to take all those ideas and hopefully make them happen…at least a couple of them anyway! I look at it as a “no pressure” type of situation, because I don’t want to feel like I failed if they don’t happen, you feel me?
Last week, we were visiting a church where the pastor gave a great message about goals in the New Year, and it really got me thinking about setting some realistic goals for myself in 2016. So without further ado, here are my goals for 2016. It’s a New Year, but I’m still me…hopefully slightly improved by the end of the year 😉
It’s no secret that being a mom is hard. Yes, it’s definitely the most rewarding job in the world…but sometimes, being a stay at home mom is lonely, exhausting, and overwhelming. So my goal is to focus on the positive and to not wear the way I’m feeling on my sleeve. Now that my girls are getting older, they pick up on everything. I don’t want them to look back and think, “wow, mom sure was cranky…a lot!” I’ll try to be more present in the moment, and not constantly be worried that the laundry and dishes aren’t done, and that we forgot to fill out the reading log and study spelling words, and that I’d really love to be taking a nap because little peanut didn’t sleep…again.
I think I’ll try to adopt this as my motto for 2016.
Last year I kind of became obsessed with losing the baby weight, to the point that I was constantly tracking calories, weighing myself everyday, and trying crazy workout routines…only to fail and feel worse about myself than before I started. I even joined Crossfit, and after only TWO times pulled my neck out so bad that I was in bed for a week…it was TERRIBLE!! Word of advice, don’t be like me and try Crossfit when you’re not really a very athletic person to begin with, and you just had a baby 2 months before…seriously, bad combo!
So for 2016 I choose to focus on being healthy and gaining more self confidence. I’ll try to embrace who I am, and come to terms that I’ll probably never have a flat stomach…thanks kiddos 😉 I’ll try to make healthy food choices, but still allow myself to eat things I like. Trust me, a life without Mexican food, pizza, and cookie dough is no way to live!
This is an area in my life that could REALLY use some improvement. Here’s a confession: I am not a clean freak. I am so far from that, and the lack of organization in my home is starting to drive me nuts! I mean, I look around my house, which may look clean on the surface, but I know what lurks beneath…like about 5 different junk drawers in my kitchen! Eeek!
I really want to read this book…and get my house in order once and for all. I know we’d all be much happier.
I think we all know that marriage is something that you have to continuously work at. After being married for ten years, I can honestly say that we still have a great relationship, but there is always room for improvement.
This year, I want to focus on better communication, and being more intentional in trying to make each other happy. The book The 5 Love Languages is an excellent resource in learning to do this! It’s so easy to be selfish in a relationship and to not feel like your getting everything you need, but I really do believe that the more love you give, the more love you will receive.
We are currently looking for a new church home, we’re getting closer, but we haven’t joined a new church yet. We’ve kind of become complacent and lazy, and this is really affecting everything in our lives. We need a church home, and so do our kids. It can be really intimidating walking into a new church week after week, but it’s got to be done! Also, I need to pray more. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we should really seek the Lord for everything in our lives, big or small. We think “oh, I can handle this” or we think something is too small for God to be bothered with…obviously neither of these are true! But it’s easy to forget or be complacent.
Here’s to setting realistic goals, trying to stick to them, taking pride when I accomplish them, but being ok with myself if I don’t!
Do you guys make New Year’s resolutions? I’d love to hear them!