Happy New Year! We spent New Year’s weekend celebrating with friends in the DC area. We had so much fun staying up late, playing games, and exploring the city where Todd and I fell in love (even thought it was FREEZING!). I’m always sad to put away all of my Christmas decorations (I swear the house looks so empty without them) but I do love how clean the house looks!
At the beginning of the new year, I love making a written list of resolutions that I can go over at the end of the year. Here is my list of 2018 New Year’s Resolutions, hopefully I can stick to them this year!
- Be happier and more patient. This is probably goal #1 for me! Theo is in the middle of his terrible 2’s and I am losing my mind. I need to be better about stepping back and letting myself calm down BEFORE I react to his negative behavior. I also need to be better about letting Todd take over and just leaving the room in the evenings when I have had enough and need a little break. I’m definitely a happier mom when I can escape to Target for 30 minutes of peace and quiet! One blogger I love shared that she makes time each week to go out on her own to get a break and come back refreshed. I loved reading this because it reminded me that I need to make more time for myself and that it’s NORMAL to need breaks.
2. Cook Something new once a week. I get stuck in ruts with making dinner, especially during pregnancy when NOTHING sounds good. So, I resolved to try a new recipe each week to switch things up. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy and can even be a new dessert. I made delicious pork tacos this week and they were SO good! I’m hoping I can stick to this one, obviously there will be weeks where I miss (like when I have this baby) but I’d like to try to keep up with this one as much as possible!
3. Lose my baby weight. After I had Theo, I ate super healthy and worked out extremely hard to lose all of my baby weight and strengthen my core to help with postpartum lower back pain. The weight definitely doesn’t just fall off for me and I’ve heard it’s even harder the second time around. I feel happier and I am a better mom when I am able to exercise and eat right. Even going on long walks can boost my spirits when I’m feeling in a slump. So if anyone out there has double stroller suggestions, I’m all ears!
4. Write more blog posts, journal entries, poems, and short stories. I love to write! It’s an escape for me and I don’t do it often enough. I get really good at journaling, then I always forget about it when life gets busy. This year I am focusing on writing a quote or brief summary of each day and blogging about major events that happen in our lives so they are documented. I love scrapbooking, I just need to catch up! I also need to free-write more. Most people don’t know that I am a closet poet and would love to publish a novel someday. I just need more hours in the day!
5. Read at least 20 books. Reading is so good for the soul. I love everything from fluff teen novels like the Red Queen series (seriously, is anyone else counting down to the release of the final book this spring??) to nonfiction novels like When Breath Becomes Air (one of my favorites from last year). Theo and I go to the library once a week for story time and to read books, so I get a small amount of time to browse the adult section. I love Reese Witherspoon’s book club Instagram account @reesesbookclubXhellosunshine for recommendations. I screenshot all of the books and every now and then they are available at the library or I just purchase one on my Kindle. I always share what I’m reading in my Instagram stories, maybe I’ll write some posts on books worth reading.
6. Practice the Piano. Yes I play the piano (kind of), though I’m getting worse at reading music because I NEVER practice. Todd bought me a keyboard for Christmas one year but since I had Theo, I don’t ever practice. So this year, I want to practice more. I’d like to take lessons again when we have a piano and my kids start taking piano.
7. Have regular scripture study and family prayer. Last year one of our goals was to have family prayer every morning before Todd leaves for work and every night before bed. I’m happy to report that we are doing extremely well at this and it has now become part of our daily routine. This year, I want to focus on having family scripture study by reading at least five verses at night. Theo was great at sitting for the 25 Days of Christ each night during December, so I want to keep it going.
8. Visit the Outer Banks. Since we are having a baby this year, we won’t be traveling as much as we normally do. We are spending next week in Colorado for my sister’s wedding, but after I’m planning to nest and be close to home. Each year, I make a goal to visit a new place because traveling is one of our favorite things to do as a family. I’m sure we’ll visit Colorado again at some point and do some smaller road trips, but we will need more time adjusting to life with two kids before we jet off on another foreign adventure. SO, I would like to visit the Outer Banks in NC because I have not been yet! Hopefully this next baby is as good of a traveler as Theo!
What are your New Year’s resolutions? I hope 2018 is a great year, really if I just survive life with two kids, that will be a HUGE victory!