At the start of the year, I shared my goals for 2015. These goals fall into categories of Life, Home, Financial, Body, and Mind. I thought it would be good to do a mid-year check-in.
Find Balance. Find balance between family and work and friends and hobbies. Check-in: I’m managing balancing work and family quite well, but not so well with the friends and hobbies. The blogs I’m managing better than expected, but I haven’t read any books at home or gone to book club meetings, and I so rarely see my friends anymore. Le sigh.
Make time for myself and allow myself to step back. Allow myself to take a step back from some activities 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. Check-in: Well, I have certainly stepped back. I haven’t attended a single bookish/author event or attended a book club in months, nor have I managed to find time to curl up with a book in my home library.
Do not engage the mommy guilt trolls! 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. Check-in: Participating in the 31 days of Mommitment event really helped with this. We Moms are awesome and it is important to support each other.
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. Take the baby to parks, play groups, etc, and spend more time playing and enjoying him. Check-in: I’ve taken the baby to a few birthday parties, and we’ve even made it out to the park and I swung him on the baby swings. So, I’m definitely making some memories. I’d love to make more, but Baby H is a bit young to really do anything quite yet, other than play around on the floor. But I am spending a lot of time with him and enjoying his milestones and smiles, so I think I’m doing quite well in this goal.
Organize the house and finish unpacking already. I got pregnant right after moving into this house, so 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. 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.
- Bedroom decluttering. There are still some boxes in our master bedroom and bathroom that I haven’t fully unpacked.
- 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.
Check-in: Well, I can’t say I have done much organizing between the sleepless nights and working full time. I did finally sort and file a year’s worth of paperwork, which felt quite nice. The closet in the home office is still full of boxes. We did declutter a few corners here and there, but the bathroom cabinets are still a disaster. The kitchen is looking a little better, mostly because I put away the baby stuff in a cabinet. But now it is piled with magazines that I haven’t read but want to someday.
Budget – make one and keep to it. 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. Check-in: We’re not being very good with our budget and so nothing extra is currently being put on student loans since we’re just trying to break even.
Recover, and lose the baby weight. 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. Check-in: Well, I had managed to lose almost 20 pounds, but then I gained back 10 after returning to work (*face palm*). I don’t work out enough, I just don’t have the energy. I think I’m eating healthy, maybe more than I should, but still making decent choices.
Breastfeed for at least 6 months. Even though I’m breastfeeding, I still end up needing to supplement with formula. I hope to continue nursing even if only in the morning and evening on weekdays. Check-in: We made it to 6 months of breastfeeding! And still going, despite the supply and latch issues.
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. Check-in: Thanks to audio books, I am well on my way to my reading goal. But I’m totally failing in reading physical books curled up in my home library. My home library is so sad. I haven’t read very many of the books I own for the challenge since I’m only doing audiobooks right now.
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. Check-in: I’m quite proud of how well I’ve been doing with the blog. I’ve blogged consistently and many times more than just once a week here. I’m kind of getting into a groove and have even started a weekly linky party (Gratitude and Goals)!