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Goals for 2016…Setting a Realistic Bar

When it comes to making New Years Resolutions, especially now that I’ve got a baby on my hands, I’m sticking to setting realistic goals and areas to focus on. Any by realistic, I mean REALLY realistic. None of those crazy goals that look good on paper but in the back of my mind I know for a fact I won’t reach any of them. No ma’am. Ain’t nobody got time for that. This year is all about focusing on my new role as a mom, while also getting back to ME and the things I love. I go back to work in just a few short weeks, and I know that’s going to be the transition of a lifetime. I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty stinkin’ tough. So, in the goals department, I’m cutting myself some slack and going to just consider January my grace period!

With that said, here are the things I’m going to focus on and word towards in 2016:

Don’t forget about Adam. By this I mean, don’t forget that I’m still a wife. Keeping our marriage strong and healthy is the best thing we can do for Adeline.

Aim for 1 easy date night a week. Even if this just means a quick dinner out, getting out of the house together or as a family is going to be so important!

Try to spend less time on my phone when I’m with Adeline. I don’t want to forget or miss any single moment because I was too busy scrolling through Instagram. I also really want to make it a goal to not sit on my phone during every feeding.

Embrace the tears. Everything will be okay, it’s normal to feel this way!

Start to think more seriously about our future plans. 

Aim to make it to the gym at least once a week, and out for a walk once a week. I would love to make it to the gym more than that, but I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. Once we get into a better routine maybe 2x or 3x a week will be doable!

Be accepting of my less than perfect mom-stomach and be patient with getting back in shape.

Say “No” more. Last year and in years passed I’ve always loaded my plate up with more than I could handle. This year, if it’s something that will take too much time away from Adam or Adeline, or if it will stress me out even the slightest bit, I’m not going to take it on. I want to relax more and just DO less. This includes traveling.

Continue to document Adeline’s first year, write in her 5 year journal, fill out her baby book, and use my Day Designer.

Stay on top of monthly photo books for Adeline.

Encourage other new moms like they encouraged me.

Start running 5k’s and 10k’s again. Can’t. Wait. For. This. Day.

Blog 3x a week. This SHOULD be a realistic goal, but if I don’t have time to get a post up, I’m not going to stress about it.

Respond to blog comments sooner.

Continue to grow my blog and take on sponsored campaigns, but not let it become my biggest priority or a stressor. This little blog has already grown so much and provided lots of awesome opportunities, and I love having it as an outlet. I do make a little money from it, and would selfishly love to boost that. But, only if it comes naturally and doesn’t feel forced or stressful. This blog first and foremost is about sharing my passion for running and staying active, as well as documenting our lives.

Don’t let having a messy house or a dirty kitchen or an overflowing dining room table cause me anxiety! IT CAN WAIT.

Not play the comparison game with other moms.

Make it to church every Sunday that we can, and don’t stress if Adeline causes a scene. 

Continue to pay off debt with the goal of staying home one day, even if it may not be with Adeline. And to piggy back off of that, be accepting of going back to work and know in my heart that it’s for the best.

Work on our diet, meal plan better than we did this past year. This one is SO HARD, but it HAS to get done. Once I’m back to work, it will be imperative that we have healthy meals planned out.

I think that about covers it! If I accomplish none of these in 2016, I’m already ahead of the game because I have a loving husband, and a happy, healthy baby girl.


Cheers to 2016!

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    January 2, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Good luck on your resolutions! Hope you have an amazing year <3


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    Kelly @ Noodle to the Rescue
    January 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    These are awesome goals! I am going to put several of these on my list… Especially to spend less time on my phone while I’m nursing, to be more accepting of my less-than-perfect mom stomach, and to not let the messy house cause me anxiety! These are the mom-challenges that no one told you about!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Thanks Kelly! That one has been so tough, my husband has already caught me a few times and had to remind me to put my phone down and just enjoy the moment 🙂 definitely a work in progress! Agreed! I never realized having a messy house would cause me so much anxiety!

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    Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections
    January 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I love that you’re setting such realistic goals! I am really really tired of seeing new mom posts about how they’re doing x, y, and z to get in shape asap, blah blah blah. The first year as a mom is so hard and involves so much change to you, your routine, your marriage – clearly you know! Even though Claire wasn’t born until April, last year I went into 2015 with the same realistic goals. Workout and blog when I could, but basically focus on being a mom. I wouldn’t change anything about my 2015!

    I also really want to limit phone time better in front of Claire. She is old enough to want my phone and I don’t like that!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Haha yesssss I feel ya!! That’s my motto, get stuff done when I can, and don’t stress about it!
      That is hilarious about your phone!

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    January 2, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    You are so ahead of the rest of us who never even put our goals in writing. Think the January grace period is brilliant. And embracing the tears, very healthy. As always, you’re my role model 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:44 am

      So many tears, as you know 😉

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    Jana @ Happy a Wife Healthy Life
    January 2, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    These are some great goals girl! I know it will be so hard to go back to work, but just remember you are helping your family and Adeline! You are a GREAT mama and you will cherish that time you have with your sweet girl so much!

    I am really bad about scrolling on my phone while nursing too. I want to work on that as well!

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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Thanks friend 🙂 🙂 I’ve been following you and know that if you can do it, I can do it too!

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    January 3, 2016 at 8:47 am

    You’re already well on your way to encouraging new moms. I’m not a mom yet (3 or so more weeks!) but I appreciate how balanced your posts are. You do a great job of portraying the good and bad, and not sugar coating the hard parts which I see many people do, both in real life and on blogs. Thanks for “keeping it real!”

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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Thank you!! This made my day 🙂 I always loved reading honest “real” posts, and truly hope that mine are helping someone else as well! I wished I had read more of the honest talk before I had Adeline, so now I’m all about sharing all the nitty gritty details!

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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    January 3, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    When do you go back to work? I go back in two weeks. We can help each other through!

    Love, love, love these goals. I did not set any for the year. Instead I set intentions and plan on setting REALLY realistic mini goals at the beginning of each month. I figure so much will change every month, so as I settle back into my routines I can adjust my focus.
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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Love your intentions idea! Such a great way of putting it!! I can’t even fathom what our new routine is going to look like once work starts…girl, I’m going to be an emotional wreck!

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    January 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    These all seem completely realistic!
    Just keep us updated because I love your blog 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Thanks girl!! You are so sweet!!!! I will I will!

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      Sweet Miles
      January 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Hold up, you have a Harding email. Have we talked about this before???

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