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Fearless in the Face of Resolutions

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: 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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).
  3. 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.)
  4. 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!
  5. 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?

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