Happy 2018! I think I say this every year, but where did the year go?! I actually love the start of a new year, as it not only provides a feeling of refresh and offers an opportunity for a clean slate, it prompts an important process of self-reflection. I always like to take this time to consider those things for which I am most grateful, and to set some goals for the new year… new year, new goals – right? To kick off the new year here on the blog, I wanted to share those goals with you. In addition, to thank you for your ongoing support, I have teamed up with a very small group of blogger friends to give you a chance to win a $500 Lululemon gift card, so be sure to scroll down to enter!
Looking back over the past year, it has been quite a ride! We were so blessed to welcome our miracle baby to our family last February, and he has brought immeasurable joy to our lives. Colton teaches us so much every day, and it has been such a gift to be a part of his life and watch him grow. Becoming new parents (and for me becoming a stay at home mom) has definitely been a transition; and while there have been many challenges, this life-change has been a welcomed and wonderful one.
As I reflect back over the past year and use those experiences to establish goals for 2018, it probably is not a surprise that my goals revolve around my role as a mom, and more specifically my life as a stay at home mom. First of all, I have to say that staying home with my little guy is an amazing blessing, for which I am incredibly grateful. However, being a “stay at home mom” is harder than I thought it would be, and most of my goals relate to the challenges I have found in this role :)!
I am not one who likes to set too many goals at once, as I feel it can be overwhelming and (for me) self-defeating, so this year I am limiting it to three. In fact last year, I just set one goal: to carry Colton to term and do what I could to help him arrive safe and sound… goal achieved, he he! Wow, I feel good about myself now ;-). I wish I could ride that wave of goal achievement success into 2018, but as it goes… new year, new goals!
(1) Increase my involvement in faith-based activities: My faith is something that is very important to me, and I have to admit that my involvement in those activities that have helped me grow in my relationship with Christ have somewhat been placed on the back burner over the last ten months. Prior to Colton’s arrival I had been diligent (mostly) about doing a morning devotional, attending church regularly, being involved in a couple’s small group, and taking part in a women’s Bible Study. With the exception of continuing my involvement in our couples small group, I have not been great about taking part in these other activities. It is not that I haven’t desired to be involved or disciplined in these areas – it has really been a function of Colton’s sleep schedule and my fatigue from a lot of sleepless nights. We did attend church regularly when Colton would sleep in his car seat, but since he has gotten older we have mainly streamed church at home. This is a great option, but it allows for inevitable interruptions (i.e. crying baby, ha ha). We are members at a very large church and I am skeptical about placing him in the nursery until he has received all of his vaccinations, but I am really looking forward to our family taking part in the fellowship and worship that church has to offer in the near future! In terms of the devotional and Women’s Bible Study, these are things I simply need to do, regardless of how sleep-deprived or off-kilter I feel. I am hoping to connect with other moms through Bible Study, and the idea that in a few months I can bring Colton along with me makes me feel even more excited about what God has in store for us this year!
(2) Minimize my use of social media, and eliminate my use of it when I am around Colton: When Colton was born and I was breastfeeding, I would be on my phone constantly in order to help the time pass. I quickly noticed how early on he noticed my behavior. I am amazed how, at such a young age, he is completely intrigued by the screen of our iPhones and he literally lunges for them when they are in arms distance. I guess this goes to show how disturbingly appealing these devices are for everyone! Even more importantly, we prayed for so long to have Colton, and now that our little miracle is here I want to be present and soak up every moment I can. He is already growing up so fast and I want him to know he is more important to me than anything… much less anything on my phone! Lastly, I have found that (especially) since becoming a mom, I more frequently fall victim to self-comparison when I am on social media. This is something that actually took me by surprise as I had not previously struggled with this very much, but clearly this is not good for my mindset or my spiritual health. Staying away from social media is challenging as a “blogger,” and while I have backed off of my time spent on Instagram with negative consequences from a blog perspective, I don’t regret doing so and I hope to limit my time spent even more.
(3) Be more consistent with self-care: This is a broad goal (a goal-setting faux-pas, lol), but new motherhood has definitely lead to me being inconsistent in many areas. I have been consistent with my workouts which I am proud of, and I do the basics like shower every day (ha ha – I laugh but I am serious when I write that as though I have accomplished something). However, I have found that it is hard to do more than one “big thing” each day. In other words, if I workout, I do not have the time to get completely ready (hair, makeup, etc.). If I get ready and “dolled up,” I do not have time to clean, etc., etc. So now that Colton is a bit older and his schedule is more consistent, I at least want to be more consistent with the “little things” that make a big difference such as taking good care of my skin, remembering to take my vitamins, remembering to eat a completely balanced lunch, doing my nails regularly, keeping a gratitude journal, and continuing to write for my blog when I can as a creative outlet. In addition, I enjoy cooking and having a good dinner has always been a priority, but I also would like to have dinner ready a bit earlier and at the same time each night. I am hoping this will help us enjoy one another more during dinner, help dinner clean-up and Colton’s bedtime routine feel less rushed, and thus allow Brandon and I to relax and enjoy more intentional time together at the end of the day. Overall it sounds like I am setting about ten goals in one, ha ha, but these are things I have done in the past, and if I could accomplish just two of these small things per day, I would be happy with that!
So there you have it – my 2018 goals! Are you setting any goals or resolutions for the new year? If so I would love to know what your main goal is… please let me know what it is in the comments below! On that note, because many people set health and fitness goals for the new year, I am teaming up with a small group of blogger friends to giveaway a $500 Lululemon gift card! See below to enter… it really is fast and easy!
Happy New Year and thank you so much for your continued support of me and this blog. My inconsistent self 😉 is grateful for each and every one of you!
Wishing you a blessed 2018!
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