I always feel like it sounds so cliche when someone says "I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions, I make goals instead." I know they are different, but I also feel like they are essentially the same thing. If the end result is to make a change, or change something for the better, you're ultimately accomplishing a goal, or resolution, am I right?
2016 was a good year. Just that. A good year. It wasn't a bad year, it wasn't an awesome year, just a good year. I think it's important to share that I am one day shy of turning 35. While I am a bit weirded out by turning 35, I will say that I want this year to be different. I don't think at the cusp of a new year or a new birthday I have ever said "this is going to be my year!"
Every year, I always hear of people choosing their word for the year. In the past, I had never chosen a word-I always thought it was kind of silly.
But you see....I feel like this last year I have kind of let myself go. Not just in terms of how I look, but also in how I feel. I am by no means one of those Mom's that puts herself last. I have such a great family in that I know I can slip away if I need to, or if I needed some 'me' time I would be gladly given it. I guess in the day to day, the dinner making, the running the business, the tucking into bed, the editing blog photos, I sort of forgot about myself!
And it shows. At least to me it shows. It shows in the way I dress, the way I interact with my girls, the way I run my business, my mood, the plans I want to make and not make-and something needs to change.
Goals need to be made (as cliche as I just said that sounds!) and focus needs to be shifted. With that in mind, my word of the year is ME. Me.
Take better care of myself: Of course, the start of the year is the time when people really make a push to lose weight, get in shape, eat better, etc. In the past I have always had one goal in mind and that was to lose weight. This year, I am shifting my focus.
I know I have weight to lose-you'd have to be blind to not see that! That weight loss will come in time. I know it will, but for now, my focus this year is just getting healthy-inside and out!
I think what I have found that making small changes gradually is best for me as opposed to one big drastic change. Little things like drinking more water, exercising and eating better are the obvious things that need to change. Those are always, always a struggle for me, but I am prepared!
For me, and the point I am at in my life, I am actually more concerned with bettering my mental and emotional health more than my physical health. I am not an unstable person by any means, but sometimes ya just have to take a step back and focus on what's important, beyond the physical aspects. I think when that happens, everything else just sort of falls into place.
I know this may sound a bit cray cray to some, but using my essential oils on a more regular basis helps. I would also love to take a stab at meditating. I tried it before and didn't get the hang of it, but I think I just need to find the right method (is that even the right terminology?), or even the right app on my phone. This would be an ideal way for me to start my day and something I would be willing to wake up a few minutes for each day!
Grow My Blog Creatively/Keep Editorial Calendar: I have always kept somewhat of an editorial calendar, but not as detailed as I would like it to be. I know I need to set aside some time each month to plan for the following month. What will my topics be, possibly what outfits I will feature, etc. I think I have done a decent job over the last (almost) five years of blogging being pretty consistent with what I have blogged about and how frequently I have posted. Despite that, I know I definitely have growing to do!
I feel as though if I plan a little bit more ahead of time, it will allow me to grow creatively. I would love to expand my content a little bit more. I think doing that will open up more opportunities! With that in mind, this is where YOU come in. What do you want to see more of? Less of? I've always toyed with the idea of incorporating my girls more, my life more on the blog, but at the same time my blog is my own little space for me.
*What do you want to see more of?
Grow with God: My journey with faith has been long and sort of one sided until a few years ago. I grew up Catholic-went through all of the sacraments-baptism, communion, confirmation, marriage. I went to church every week with my family, but it was usually because I felt I had to go and not because I wanted to go. I didn't really feel I had a relationship with God-it was one sided.
My husband grew up not going to church at all, and I stopped going as soon as I went to college. Without turning this into a novel, my husband and I found a local church similar to one we visited with friends while on vacation. We've since been going to a church for the past 5 years called LCBC and we couldn't be happier. I enjoy going to church. I look forward to it, and I know Ryan and the girls do too. I feel as though within the last year or so I have really started to grow in my relationship with God. I'd love to continue that. What's great is that my husband feels the same way. The conversations we have about Jesus and what He can do for us, for our family, and what we want to do for Him seem to be more frequent than before. This is something I truly want to continue to working on.
My intention is to take some time every day to read the Bible and just talk to God. My husband and I started making this a habit in the fall, and then it sort of dwindled. When I read the Bible on a regular basis I feel like I went to bed more thankful, appreciative and happy. I know doing this will also help with my other goal of taking better care of me.
What about you all? What are some of your goals or even resolutions? Have any recommendations for me to grow my blog, my relationship with God, or even ways to focus on ME?!