It seems like everyone on social media is sharing their resolutions this week. Rather than setting lofty goals that feel hard to attain — or only semi-permanent — I’ve been focusing in on changes I can make to get closer to the kind of life I want to be living.
When you have a family and a career, life can start to feel a little out of your control. Every day is a schedule of wakeup calls, feedings, meetings, more feedings and bedtimes. Before I know it, weekdays fly by, weekends feel too short, and it’s Monday again — and I’m still far from content about what I’ve accomplished.
Part of my issue, personally, is that I have too many ambitions. I want to be the mom that makes her own baby food and volunteers at daycare, while also leading high-profile pieces of business in my career. I want to eat clean, fresh food and spend time meal prepping, while also spend time enjoying the company of my husband and loved ones. I want to focus on fitness and feeling strong. I want to have a creative outlet in this blog. I want to be a good mom, wife, sister, daughter, aunt. And I feel like there is just not enough time in the day!
So in 2018, I’m trying to focus. Instead of a laundry list of resolutions that add to my to-do list, I’m setting just a handful of intentions that I’ve deemed priorities. The rest falls on the back-burner.
Here they are:
- Be present for my family. My job is always-on. Even though I’ve learned to value the hour or so I have with my daughter every evening, I’ve admittedly been less present for my husband once she’s in bed — I tend to flip my laptop back open and continue working. In 2018, I want to make that less of an exception vs. the rule.
- Become strong. Since having Lyla, I’ve become obsessed with strength training. Gone are the days of me doing cardio for 45 minutes, four times a week — I simply do not have the time. I love how I feel after a Pure Barre class or lifting weights, and am hoping to do those workouts 3x a week vs. the 2x a week I’m at now (and that’s a good week).
- Hold myself accountable to save money. To help boost our savings, I’m planning to adopt a “treat myself” spending mantra — I only buy something non-essential when I hit certain goals. Whether that’s a workout goal or a savings goal, it’ll help me stay focused and get out of the habit of buying anything I want the minute I want it. (It’s a problem.)
- Be more diligent about what I eat. Though I consider myself a fairly healthy eater, in 2018, I want to focus more on putting good things in my body. Less sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and more veggies and lean proteins. Meal prepping with a 7-month-old is so challenging, but I’m determined!
- Re-focus on my faith. We’ve been really bad about church since having Lyla — it can be hard to get out of the house in the mornings on the weekend. But as Dan and I talked about what we want to be important to our family, a strong faith is always at the top — and it’s time for us to practice what we preach.
What are your intentions for the New Year?