Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New year, new me

Happy New Year!  Our year started off with colds all throughout the house and late night trip to the Children's Hospital for 2 sick littles.  Definitely not how we planned on ringing in the new year.  So with that, I feel like I am starting my year, and resolutions, a couple days behind.  Off to a great start already!

Each new year always brings a period of reflection for me, as I'm sure many others as well.  I like think back on everything I accomplished, big or small, over the previous year and sometimes even the year before.  I take a good look at areas that I want to grow and improve in my life and make goals that push myself to be better.  There are always a few resolutions that just don't seem to make it past January but for the most part, I really try to incorporate the important ones into my life so much that they become a part of me.  One of my biggest new year's resolutions that I have accomplished was not drinking dark soda for an entire year.  This was a big one for me because many years ago, I used to drink coke every single day!  I am so proud to say that I not only made it that full year without one soda but that was 3 years ago and I haven't had one since!   

This year is all about being my best self and living my best life.  Last year was a year of realization and growth for me.  Having Callie forced me to slow down and really focus on what was important in my life.  I cut out everything that didn't matter and poured everything I had into my family.  While I do want to continue this in 2018, I also want to get back to myself a little bit.  I normally go through a transition period around the time that my kids turn 1.  During their first year, I put myself on the back burner and really devote everything to my baby during that time.  Callie's birthday is this month and I am ready to start focusing more on me.  A lot of these things are small and may seem meaningless, like getting hair cuts regularly again, whitening my teeth, changing my hair, etc.  But overall, these are all things that I've neglected slightly over the last year and things that make me feel more put together.  Looking at the bigger picture, I want this to be my healthiest year yet.  As I get older, I feel more pressure to really take good care of myself.  Loyal and I have big plans to get in great shape this year!  We've always been on opposite schedules with this so I'm hoping that we can hold each other accountable this time around.

One area that I really need to work on is going to bed earlier.  I write this as I am still up at 10:30 p.m. so obviously this is going to be a tough habit to break.  As a stay at home mom, there are so many days where the first time I have a minute to myself is at 8 p.m once the kids are asleep.  I have tried so many times to go to bed early but it always seems that I accomplish the most in my day between 8-11 p.m.  I have noticed a cycle that the later I go to bed, the harder it is for me to get up in the morning which always results in me running behind and rushing through the entire day.  I really want to be able to get up early and start my day right.  I know that this will be so much more achievable if I went to bed earlier.  At the very least, I want to have everything turned off downstairs after the kids fall asleep so that I can spend my evenings with Loyal, watching tv in bed or working on my computer or something that helps me wind down from the day.

A couple personal goals that I have for this year are blogging consistently, traveling more, taking more pictures and capturing more moments of everyday life (I wish I had more pictures of everyday life when I was growing up), improving my photography, being in more pictures rather than taking all of them, do more fun and spontaneous things this summer since we sat inside with a newborn all last summer, drink more water, and live in the moment.  I always struggle with wanting everything to be perfect so this year I am going to try to just focus on doing the best I can and let go of perfection a little.  This year has started off as a true testament of that.  I had big plans to hit the ground running January 1st with working out, blogging, eating healthy, etc.  In reality, I did none of that and tended to sick babies instead.  And I'm ok with it!  This is life and there will always be next week to restart!

Happy New Year everyone!  Here's to a year of better health than we've had around here lately!


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