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With each New Year, it’s always inspiring to set goals and intentions for the year ahead.
After a bit of reflecting, I decided to try something new. Instead of simply making a long list of goals for the New Year, I decided to divide my goals into categories:
Within those categories, I spent a few weeks reflecting on what mattered most and created attainable goals. I plan to not only stick to my 2018 New Year goals, but to review them weekly, so that I don’t abandon them by February.
So, here it goes……bring on 2018!
2018 New Years Goals
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Organization- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up: the Japanese art of Decluttering and Organizing, has inspired me to get more organized. Our space could really use some help with organizing toys, closets and kitchen cabinets, as our family grows.
Roof Deck Project– We wanted to get this done last year, but got derailed. I want to refresh the outdoor play area with turf grass, a sensory table, and a sail shade to create a space for days we can’t make it to the park.
Read Everyday for Pleasure- I plan to devote at least 20 minutes a day to read for pleasure after bedtime, instead of screen time. Maybe I’ll even get to finish the Outlander series before the end of the year, or finish a book club book before a meeting!
Journaling– Journaling is an activity I engaged in regularly before Emory, and somehow abandoned. So far this New Year, I’ve already started a daily gratitude journal, as well as the Q&A a Day for Mom’s: A Five Year Journal, so that I can remember those special childhood and personal moments.
Slow Down– Preparing for baby number 2, I’m going to take the time to more time to breathe deeply, give gratitude and savor each movement of being a mommy. As shocking as it may sound, this will actually require saying “no” from time to time, so that I’m not over-committed.
Field Trips- LA is an amazing place of culture and diversity. On the days that Emory is not in school, we are going to take advantage of all this amazing city has to offer. Trips to the California Science Center, The Getty and La Brea Tar Pits are definitely on the list.
Mama Friends- Our mama friend network seems to be expanding with the addition of pre-school, new toddler activities and baby number 2. It’s important that I nurture those relationships with mamas that have been there since the beginning of this motherhood journey, but also make room for new mama friendships.
Juggling Two Kids- With the upcoming arrival of our little girl in May and an active toddler I know it will be a big adjustment. One-on-one moments with will be of upmost importance, as well as remembering to take some “me time”.
Parenting Books- I’m the first to admit that parenting is HARD! Here are a few books on my reading list that I hope will help me regain a little sanity:
- How to Talk, So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children 2-7
- No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
- Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Understanding Can Help You Raise Children that Thrive
- Raising Your Spirited Child, Third Edition; A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent and Energetic
Date Nights- Increasingly busy schedules, can make it challenging to plan date nights. There are a few new restaurants that I’m dying to try, and a few movies movies that I’d love to see (that don’t involve animation). I’d also love to consistently reconnect with my husband and engage in a conversation without wrangling a toddler.
Exercise– Maintaining fitness goals has always been important and a way for me to relax and release stress. In the New Year, I’d love to incorporate more Yoga into my routine and strive to run another 5k. I also want to continue my 6AM morning workouts, at least twice a week, maybe three?
What are some of your 2018 New Year’s goals? I’d love to hear what’s in store for 2018?