We’re halfway through the first month of 2018 – can you believe it? Time seriously flies.
We thought we would share some of our personal goals for this year. Some are little things that we hope will make a difference in our day to day, some are projects that will take some time, but we’re looking forward to accomplishing these goals this year!
1. Declutter like a Mother – I started this challenge on January 1 and am loving it. I’m being ruthless and honest about every item I come across. It was slightly embarrassing to realize I was using makeup from 5-6 years ago (so not okay!). I plan to continue decluttering and making monthly trips to the consignment and donation stores to get the stuff out of my house.
2. Curb the “no thought spending” – this is a big one as it’s way too easy to click and ship or to hand over that gold card at Starbucks and not think about the real cost. It’s easy to order a tube of toothpaste online, but it wasn’t that cheap and the overall packaging is wasteful. The other day, I asked my husband as we paid for our drinks in the Starbucks drive thru – would you have paid $8.xx in cash for that? His answer – probably not. We’re also guilty of seeing *sale* and think we need it, when we do fine without it. (Tip – this is also a good time to go over monthly expenses to see what can be cut or subscriptions you can cancel.) Spending in check.
3. Return to self-care Sunday’s – I used to take a few hours to myself on Sundays to do a face mask, take a bath, sip a glass of wine, read a book, shop alone, get in some spin or Pilates classes and I miss it so. I had major surgery in December 2016, and I’m still recovering and fell out of routine, but I need that me time.
4. Get fit and healthy – I started an ab and squat challenge at the beginning of the year and have found it manageable with my busy schedule. I found some challenges and videos online that I can squeeze in with my limited free time. Also in this is taking my vitamins and drinking more water. My goal is to lose a few lbs but overall I want to feel better, gain more muscle, increase my energy, and have my clothes fit well. Which brings me to…
5. Incorporate real food into meals – I’ve been doing pretty well with planning out our meals but now I’m ready to eat more real, more whole, more plant based, and less processed. I have been ordering grass-fed meats from a butcher for awhile and love hitting the farmers markets in the summer. The off-months take more effort. It will take some time to prep but I think we’ll all feel better in the end.
6. Make time to be present – as I was writing this my daughter said “mom, I want you to see this amazing thing I made” and it could have been so easy for me to say “in a minute” but I didn’t. Seeing her excited over her mess creation was worth it, that I would have been mad at myself for saying “later”.
7. Get to know the sports parents – we sit on the sidelines, cheer for each other’s kids, and barely know each other’s names. We’re not into the traveling team sports yet so we only see each other once a week, but I would like to be able get to know them instead of feeling like “hi…you”.
8. Reconnect with friends – we have a good group of preschool families we are so happy to have found, but we have felt bad about letting some of our old good friends take a back seat. i.e. We had plans with one couple to have dinner over the summer and it never happened. One reason or another, it wasn’t a priority, but it should have been.
9. Tackle home projects – we’ve got a move coming up and need to do some updates that are long overdue. I’ve been waiting on my husband to do a few things and well, I’m tired of waiting. I’ve added “call the handyman” to my to do list and am scheduling my brother-in-law to come over and get them done.
10. Get up earlier – this is going to be my biggest challenge. I don’t sleep well, so I don’t like getting up earlier than necessary. (I’m working on a bedtime routine for myself too.) My daughter is and always has been a good sleeper, which I’m so thankful for, but then I don’t have her waking me up or requiring me to get up any earlier than I really need to. But, since our nights are so busy, I need to make time in the morning for some little things – drink my coffee, empty the dishwasher, pack lunches, workout…If I’m really ambitious, I’ll work towards getting ready before my husband and daughter are up but I don’t see me getting up at 5:30 am anytime soon.
We hope your year is off to a great start! We’d love to hear your goals, comment below or on our instagram post!