I haven’t really been big on making New Year’s Resolutions, but I decided it would be a good idea to think about some personal goals and things I wish to accomplish. I saw this great post at Crazy Little Projects and thought it would be fun to think about the changes I hope to make and then reflect on them at the end of the year. I like how she came up with different tracks for the types of goals one can make. 2014 saw a lot of changes in my life – moving, baby – so my world is a little bit turned on its head and I want to get it back to a comfortable sense of normal. So here are my goals for 2015.
Find Balance. With all the changes in my life this past year, it is no wonder everything feels a bit out of whack. My goal is to find my balance again between family and work and friends and hobbies. I don’t really know how to make this into a SMART goal just yet.
Make time for myself and allow myself to step back. I simply do not have the energy or the time for all the things I want to do. But trying to continue to do all the things will just run me down. So this year I want to focus on a few things here and there but allow myself to take a step back from some others and focus on some me time. This might mean attending fewer bookish events (gasp!) and missing some movie nights with friends, but I’d love to find time to curl up in my home library and read.
Do not engage the mommy guilt trolls! There are so many different opinions on how to parent and I see so much bickering on the forums. I also see a lot of people wishing they could be better, do more, be more like so-and-s0. My goal is to not fall into that trap. I can only do so much, and the most important thing is to love my baby and meet his needs – how I go about doing that is to be determined by what works best for our family and not based on what the supermoms can do.
Make memories and live in the moment. I often tend to be thinking about what comes next and planning for future events, that I forget to enjoy what I’m doing now. With the baby that can no longer be a habit of mine. My goal is to take him to parks, play groups, etc, and spend more time playing and enjoying him.
Organize the house and finish unpacking already. Since I got pregnant after moving into this house, not all of the unpacking occurred. Some things are still in boxes hidden in corners of rooms because I just didn’t know what to do with them at the time, and then I stopped caring. Well I really need to care again. Here are some things that need to get done:
- Organize the home office. I have the closet full of boxes that need to be unpacked and places found for. I have important documents piled on the file cabinets that actually need to get sorted and put *in* the file cabinet. I have to figure out a system again in this new house.
- Bedroom decluttering. There are still some boxes in our master bedroom and bathroom that I haven’t fully unpacked and I would like to finish that already. Really, if I haven’t used them in almost a year that might be an indication that I need to purge a bit more.
- Kitchen decluttering/organization. All the baby stuff is kind of piled around and I’d like to come up with a better system and reduce some of the clutter on our counters.
Budget – make one and keep to it. This is something we already started but need to keep up with. Before hiring the nanny we evaluated our budget and figured out what our maximum (unclaimed by bills, fuel, grocery, etc) disposable income is. We also are working on a plan to pay down our loans (especially hubby’s student loans) by increasing the payments for one loan until we pay it off, then applying that full extra payment amount onto the next loan, and so forth. Now we just need to finalize it and put the plan into place, and stick with it.
Recover, and lose the baby weight. I’m still recovering and even though I gave birth 2 months ago, I’m still getting light headed when I do simple tasks like walking around the grocery store. I’m obviously in no condition to start an exercise regimen just yet, but when I do start feeling better I want to get back on my elliptical machine. I want to do some sort of work out about 3 days a week, whether it is going for a walk or getting on the elliptical. I need to move more. I also need to eat healthy and continue the habits I started making while on the gestational diabetes diet. I still have about 15 pounds to lose before I get back to my pre-pregnancy and post-Jenny Craig weight.
Breastfeed for at least 6 months. I mentioned before that even though I’m breastfeeding, I still end up needing to supplement with formula. This will obviously continue when I return to work, with much more formula and less breastfeeding, except on weekends. But I hope to continue nursing even if only in the morning and evening on weekdays.
Read! My Goodreads goal is to read 55 books this year (I was trying to be reasonable based on how busy my life was this past year and I only read 68 books). I also plan to read some of the books I own, and stop buying new books (with exceptions) per our challenge we are hosting on the book blog.
Blog more consistently. I’ve done better with this blog and bringing it back to life, then took a break again when I had the baby. I now wish to get back into a better blogging routine here and try to post at least once a week.