I know it’s a total cliche to start the year of right by making resolutions and promising oneself and others to make changes in our lives, but it’s just so dang convenient of a marker. I mean sure I could have made some changes over the last couple months, weeks or days – and actually I did! – but once you get through the first half of the year, the reason it’s so easy to just wait until New Years to set some new goals is because the second part of the year just seems to be a never ending string of holidays and events. Creating new habits becomes harder when combined with travel, special meals, staying at other peoples houses and well children. I also have a toddler who seems to be acquiring a new skill, word or habit himself each day. It’s hard to keep up with him, let alone myself. It’s nothing new really, everything is more complicated with a kid.
Leading up to the New Year, I made some small changes (more water!) and started planning some goals and habits I’d like to have in 2016. Here’s my list:
- kick the sugar habit. This is numero uno for me. I’m a closet sugar addict and when I walk around trying to show people how to live healthfully it feels disingenuous when I’m scarfing sugary treats daily. I’ll be doing my best to avoid refined sugar this year unless it’s a special occasion. For the first month or two I’ll also be laying off large of amounts of the unrefined and natural sources as well.
- post regularly. I’m not sure what the posts will be about exactly but I’d like to start posting three times per week here and once per week over on How We Mom.
- launch Milk Pillows. I have a nice little following of moms who I make lactation cookies for. I’d like to make it a real and licensed business. As I reflected on how I’d like to move forward in business this year, I realized that I love writing and talking about healthy living but I may not be ready to create a coaching business around this. But recipe creation for healthy lactation cookies and snacks, makes me incredibly happy. Since I find the most joy in this area, this is what I’ll be pursuing this year.
- take more time for me. I have gift certificates for a local massage place from last Christmas that I never used. Hubs had no idea or he probably would have been pushing me out the door to go get them. I’ll be using those, the ones I got this Christmas, plus consciously setting aside chunks of time to read, write, color, meditate, watch a show or whatever is what is needed. That extra 20 minutes on Facebook will be much better spent elsewhere.
- physical activity. It has been a rough year for me in the physical fitness department. I tried multiple times to get started with more than just walking but I seem to have some chronic tendonitis in my wrist which makes it difficult to do anything involving my arms. I’d get frustrated and give up on doing anything when it would flare. Around Thanksgiving I purchased the MuTu system and I’ll be using that to help strengthen my core and then hopefully move on to more later. Daily walks are also on the list.
- weekly meal plans. I will meal plan weekly, not waste food and stick to the weekly budget. I will meal play weekly, not waste food and stick to the weekly budget. I will meal plan weekly…
- budget. We have a loose budget that always falls apart around November. Part of this is my fault. I’m getting better and better but finding creative solutions is a must for months where I think we NEED something and really I just want it and the funds are there. Waiting is not my strong suit sometimes.
- help Family Reset grow. I have partnered with The Rest Project in hosting a monthly event called The Family Reset. We launched in November and I can’t wait to see how we keep growing and evolving.
- create systems, outsource when possible. As mentioned above, Toddlers make things difficult. But systems and schedules can help with this for mommy and toddler. I’d like to get more regular about some of our activities. Monday- clean x, visit x friend. Tuesday- go to x event. clean x part of house Wednesday- veg at home, have fun with x easy activity, do 2 loads laundry etc etc Walk daily around the same time, meals more regular. All that jazz. I think it would improve both our lives. It doesn’t have to be strict, but a lose routine would be beneficial. And outsource when possible- I’d love to have someone come clean on a semi regular basis so that I can concentrate on keeping things tidy but not do the heavy scrubbing while trying to convince Holden he wants to play by himself or waiting until after bedtime and scrubbing floors instead of spending time with Hubs or having some me time.
There are small goals and habits not mentioned within each of these that I’ll be using to accomplish the big goal one step at a time, but these somewhat sum everything up.
What are your goals/habits/resolutions for the new year? Do you prefer to go cold turkey or create small goals to work on over the course of the year?