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!