I don’t have TONS of goals for 2018 (my children are little and I am not a glutton for punishment) but I have a few. Now that I am living in the light of (ideally) never being pregnant again, I honestly feel such a lightness and joy about getting on with my life. I still have little ones but I don’t feel like I am “waiting,” if that makes sense. Here is what I want to do!
- Work on our photo album. We all know I am a bad crafter so it should also come as no surprise that photo books are just not something I can possibly get together. A photo album? Something I can do! We’ve been printing more and more pictures since having little ones so I want to go through ALL of our photos and get the ones we love printed so they can go into the album I ordered in December. It holds 300 photos. I think we might get close to filling it! And if we do, I’ll order another.
- Exercise three times per week. Truth be told the only time I used our treadmill after moving (in my defense it was summer!) was the day I went into labor with Glitter. Generally I see myself doing some combination of hot yoga (or a workout video) once per week and a couple of power walking sessions. Once Glitter has a set bedtime (which she will by mid-February), this should be possible.
- Buy new shoes. No seriously I am for real. I have worn through the soles of my running shoes, Critter ruined my moccasins, my Revas have holes in the soles. I was waiting until Glitter was born to see what size my feet would be. She is born, the time is now.
- Get back into reading books. I feel like I lost momentum at the end of my maternity leave. I am a mentally healthier, more interesting person when I read. Shoutout to the Kindle for iPhone app and the Hennepin County Library eBooks collection for making that impossibly easy for me to accomplish.
- Finishing my SHRM-SCP recertification. Boring, but due by the end of 2018 so it has to get done!
Happy 2017 friends.
Here’s the thing. I didn’t despise 2016 like some did. It is the year I became a mother. It was the longest-shortest year in which I lived a thousand lives and died a thousand different deaths. But it wasn’t an peaceful year either. I didn’t have an “easy” baby. Nearly all of our appliances (and one car) died. I got some moles removed and biopsied and I got mastitis twice. So I think it is okay to say I am tired.
When I was at yoga the other day, the instructor was extolling the virtues of letting things go that do not serve us.
Here’s the thing. I have let everything go this year and most of it has not been by choice. Running? Let go. My body? No longer mine, nor will it be for the forseeable future. Sleep. Quiet time. Friendships. I have no intention to “let” anything else go because if I am going to be so honest, I am tired of having things taken from me. When I was writing in the 365 day-five year journal I received before Critter was born, I remarked in response to one of the prompts that I was quite impressed by how much less I need in my current existence to survive/have some level of enjoyment and enthusiasm in my life/keep growing.
All of this is to say that I feel like I haven’t had a lot to say in the last two weeks and when I think about what I want to write or share with you all, I don’t even know where to begin. Right now my “lifestyle” blog feels more like notes from a ship’s logbook. End dispatch.
I have no resolutions and I have no “Intentions” because this is what my life looks like right now.
Toys and chaos, people. Toys and chaos.
I have no idea what to promise you all for 2017. I’ll keep posting what we eat because the Friday Food Round-Up! is something I have loved to do. I’m sure there will be some updates on our finances and what that looks like with buying and selling a house. And of course the odd missive about our boy baby who is soon to advance to the next level of big boy. After that, it’s all a mystery.
If you’re still reading, thank you for coming along for the ride so far. I hope your 2017 is a beautiful one.
Well, I think it’s time for us to accept that each month, I have the same goals! They might be slightly different sometimes, but ultimately, they’re all the same! And that’s okay! There’s nothing wrong with wanting to exercise. Or eat well. Or try to keep a social life alive. They’re really important things in my life. The house fixing? Well, we sort of have to do that.
I can already say that after going to one adult yoga class after a three week hiatus, I’ve already booked all of my yoga classes for the rest of the month because I want to go and I need to go. And, even if Critter still doesn’t sleep through the night, I know that this month I will be because Sleeptacocation is coming. It’s gonna be incredible.
Do you have any October goals?
Great news, y’all. It’s the beginning of the month and I have actually taken the time to write out my goals! On time!
Some of these goals are repeat items from last month. They seem sort of obvious (go to yoga class, plan friend dates, eat well) but they’re things where if I don’t make a conscious effort, they just don’t happen. We fall into the “busy” (or tired!) trap.
I know with the house projects, they’re going to take longer than this month to accomplish so we need to start now so that they actually get done. Otherwise it will be December and we will wonder where the time has gone.
Finally, Critter and I are starting ECFE on Thursdays through our school district at the end of the month. I have probably too high of hopes for this one, but I think most of them center around the idea that the other mamas in the class are cool and maybe we’ll make some friends out of the deal.
It’s so late to be posting these but I did write them out earlier this month. Already winning at some and failing at others. That said, I went to hot yoga yesterday and OMG it was healing.
Well, June goals went reasonably well. I totally failed at sourcing any 18 month clothing. But that’s okay! I’m still hoping I can make a run to Once Upon A Child in the next few weeks.
Anyway, here are the July ones. We accidentally did our Financial goal on June 30 (we’re fine so we are continuing on our merry way), but that happens sometimes, right?
We do need to sort out what house projects are happening this year. It’s all stupid little stuff to get our townhouse ready to sell next year. Replacing switchplates, fixing paint. That sort of thing. Nothing exciting but very necessary. Since it is a busy month for us I don’t actually think we’ll start any projects but who knows, really.
Do you have any July goals?
I have some goals.
Basically surrounding self-care and survival.
I was going to write a big long post about them but if I can achieve Me Time, Home, and Be Social, I’ll be jazzed.