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2017: Let’s Do This

When I think about what I want my New Years Resolution to be for 2017, it’s hard to pinpoint just one thing. It seems to be more common these days to pick just one word, or one theme rather for the new year, but I always end up coming back to a list of more specific goals I want to accomplish. Of course I want to be present, and simplistic, and happy, and find joy in everyday, but I also want to be productive, and grow, and work towards bigger dreams. If we’re being honest, it’s definitely tough to keep up with a longer list of goals, or resolutions, and often times we forget about them by March. I am determined though to hold myself accountable, and check in a little more often. I’m naturally very goal oriented, and always seem to have a to-do list. My plate is always overflowing, and my schedule always seems full. That’s just how I operate. I thrive on staying busy, and juggling multiple roles. To better get my head on straight for the new year, I’ve sectioned out my goals, for each part of my life.

Wife

  • Not just remember that our marriage is our number one priority, but make it our number one priority. There are a million different ways to do this, but we’ll just stop with the bigger umbrella statement.
  • Make time for more date nights, without Adeline. (And be more proactive about taking people up on babysitting offers so we can enjoy some time alone!)
  • Be more patient, forgiving, and respectful. It’s amazing how the stress of young children can really take a toll on your relationship with one another. I want to dedicate this year to taking a little extra time for relationship maintenance, and remember why we make such a great team in the first place.

Mom

  • Be even more present. I want to really work on putting my phone down more when I’m with Adeline. Social media can wait, and that cute picture doesn’t have to be Instagram’d right this very second.
  • Stop thinking so much about the future, and stop saying “I can’t wait until…”. How many times do we catch ourselves saying that?? I want 2017 to be about the here and now with Adeline. Her first year flew by in the blink of an eye, and I want to do my best to make sure year 2 doesn’t pass me by before I’m even done writing this blog post! Adeline is the light of my life, and I want to savor every single millisecond of her childhood.
  • Let her be. As a first time mom, it can be so hard to let go and let her be independent and learn things on her own. I don’t want to think that she’s big enough to do all these new things, but she is, and she needs that freedom to figure them out on her own. In 2017, I want to take a step back, watch her discover new things, and embrace every moment of watching her learn and thrive. I want to work on letting go of my anxiety, and trust that she will be fine.

Photographer/Small Business Owner

  • Continue to shoot 1-2 sessions a month. This seems to be the perfect amount of sessions a month right now, and much more than that and I start to feel like it takes too much time away from Adeline. I’ve had a few months where I shot 4-5 sessions, and it was just too much. That extra income sure is nice, but it still means extra weekend hours away from my girl.
  • Continue to promote myself, and be proud of my business. I’m not just another mom with a nice camera. I am a photographer, and I know how to take excellent photos. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be proud of that, and take my business seriously.
  • Finally purchase a new 35mm lens.

Blogger

  • Post 3-4 times a week, and share more personal/real life content.
  • Respond to comments within 2 days. (Comments are my weakness!!)
  • Join another ad network. I was so bummed when Mode crashed and burned, but I haven’t really taken the time to pursue joining another one. I’ve run a few rogue ads to buy a little time, but I really need to take the plunge again. Although, it has been nice having a little extra white space around here.
    • To piggy back off this, I also have some big goals in mind for growing my readership. I don’t like to share readership numbers on the front end, but 2017 is going to be about continuing to grow Sweet Miles into my favorite little corner of the internet.

Employee

  • Actually get dressed, and do my hair/makeup most days. This can be so, so hard to do working from home!
  • Work with the attitude that a promotion is just around the corner. Because if you don’t feel like you’re working towards a goal, it can be so easy to burn out!
  • Be more outgoing, make a greater effort to get to know more of my coworkers. Again, tough as a remote employee, but there are plenty of opportunities to make it happen!

Personal

  • Get back into, “I feel strong and sexy” shape before getting pregnant again.
    • I feel most like myself after a great workout, and the ~2 years of pregnancy/newborn stage really did a number on my self-care. I feel like I am finally getting back into a rhythm, and feeling confident again, and I want to make sure I give myself a few months to feel like ME again before we jump on the second child bandwagon. For me, being a strong mom for Adeline includes being physically strong, and emotionally fit, both of which seem to go hand-in-hand with the more time I dedicate to exercising, and taking care of myself. Now that I’m not breastfeeding, I can’t even begin to tell you how much clearer my head, heart, and hormones feel, and I’m honestly not ready to give that up again.
    • I want to run at least one 5k, and one 10k, and continue to tighten and tone all over.
  • Make downtime. Most days, I tend to morph into the energizer bunny and don’t stop until I can’t hold my eyes open anymore. But in 2017, I want to make it a priority to give myself downtime. Whether that means taking time to go to bed early a couple nights a week to read a book (I have at least 3 on tap I am dying to read!), or putting all technology in the other room and sitting down with Adam for a quick game of cards, I want to make sure I create this time. I need this time to recharge my batteries.
  • Not compare our lives, with others’ lives. Our life is perfectly us, and playing the comparison game will only rob us of our joy. God has us right where we need to be.

Family/Financial

  • Pay off all of Adam’s student loans, and continue to plug away at our car payments.
  • Move and purchase our long-term home.
  • Take a BIG trip to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary.
    • Other than said anniversary trip, I want to travel less. We burned UP the road in December and I am really hoping to stay put for a while.
  • Bonus Goal: EMBRACE THE MESS! Our living room constantly looks like Hurricane Adeline ripped through it.

All in all, I want 2017 to be about being the best version of myself, for me, and for others.

What are some of your goals for the new year? What are you working towards? Did you pick a theme or are you like me and have several smaller goals?

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11 Comments

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    Melissa
    January 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I definitely can’t do the “word” or phrase of the year kind of thing either. I need concrete goals. I really wanted to go all out and make a ton of goals this year but I chose to keep things a little simpler and only set three. I just have no idea what will happen to my life when this second baby arrives! I do hope to set smaller monthly goals to accomplish the small stuff though.

    Love seeing your photog goals. 1-2 sessions a months sounds great to me too. I have been doing closer to 4-5 a month lately as well and it’s just WAY too hard to stay on top of for me. I also want to buy a 35mm! I love that your goal is to be proud of your business. I have a hard time with this too. My biggest goal this year for my photog business is not comparing my work and just trying to be better than myself instead of someone else.
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    Virjinia
    January 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I love that your broke yours down into different areas of your life. I did so too! I actually want to explore the city more with my husband this year. I want to go to weird restaurants and outdoor dates while it’s just the two of us! I also have a few personal and fitness goals and I’m just inspired to get started!
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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    January 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    These are great goals! I set an intention for the year, but I plan on setting mini goals every month again- still working on those and I plan on sharing later this week!
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    Mom
    January 2, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    That’s the Sarah I know and love

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    Edye
    January 2, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Best of luck with your goals, Sarah! This year I plan on taking some more time for me and trying some new workouts. 🙂
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    Anne
    January 3, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I work from home all but one day a week and do typically spend the day in sweats. If I manage to shower before I cook dinner, it’s amazing. I definitely need to work on that!

    It’s really hard to connect with co-workers being remote. I’ve met most of my team at some point, but it’s harder to just casually chat with people online than in an office because I feel like I may be bugging them or something.

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    Lauren @ Lauren Runs
    January 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I like these goals! And while you said you want to have discrete goals, I do see a theme of living with intention and focus on family throughout each of these! Best of luck with crushing your goals!

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    Amanda
    January 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I love all these goals and thing they’re great ones, especially being present and getting more toned! 🙂 Wishing you all the best for 2017 and your sweet family!
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    Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    January 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I wish you were closer to me I’d love you to take some photos! Your photos are beautiful! I love how you broke these goals up in to categories. Im also hoping to stop doing so much comparison to other’s lives and enjoy my own! I hope to grow my blog more in 2017 and also continue to plug away at my student loans and my husband’s!
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    kathy @ more coffee, less talky
    February 1, 2017 at 9:07 am

    i’m a big fan of downtime (aka Me time). I used to be go-go-go and I eventually got burnt out and felt so unmotivated to do anything. Now I make sure I schedule Me time on a regular basis.

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      Sweet Miles
      February 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

      For sure! It is SO important!! Lately my ‘me time’ has been going to the gym after our daughter goes to bed – even for just an hour. It’s already made a huge impact just on how I feel mentally and emotionally!

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