Hey there! Happy New Year! I’m popping in to do what every other blogger in the universe is doing, reflection and resolutions! I felt totally unmotivated to blog over the holidays, but something about the start of the new year always has me itching to spill my guts out on the internet. Plus, one of the things I love about this blog is being able to look back on past seasons of my life. Despite 2016 being a rough year for what seems like the whole world, this will always be a happy year for me. This year we welcomed our beautiful daughter into our lives. She has been a challenge, but also a greater joy than I could have ever imagined. I’m definitely looking forward to a new year with her and making more memories as a family. But first let’s reflect on what went down in 2016 for our fam:
Jesse turned 30 and I threw him a big birthday bash. This was quite a venture for my 8 months pregnant self, but with the help of friends it was a big success. (Also I took zero pictures of that night…)
My college roomie and I took a road trip for a baby shower. This was my first out of town excursion without baby girl since she had been born. I also went back to work and gave my two weeks notice to begin my life as a stay at home mom.
I think Jesse and I finally got back in the groove of things this past month. We enjoyed our time with Baby and getting ready for her first Christmas, but we also made a lot of time for each other. We spent a day in DC watching Jacques Pepin cook (part of Jesse’s Christmas gift), went to Christmastown at Busch Gardens and saw the Star Wars movie with friends.
I’d say that’s not a bad year for having a new baby! And though the thought of my baby growing up makes me want to cry, I am looking forward to a year of more adventures with her.
Now, for the resolutions! Being at home 24/7 has been great and a huge learning curve. I’ve found that creating a routine and being productive is way more challenging than I thought it would be. I also miss the feeling of accomplishment that completing tasks at a job can give. So this year I’d like to find a way to feel more accomplished and productive. That’s kind of the broad resolution, but I also have a list of goals that tie in with that.
- Cut out screen time before bed. Everything I’ve read about sleeping better says that being on your phone in bed makes it harder to fall asleep, so I need to cut it out. I’m going to try to swap my phone out for a book 30 minutes before lights out.
- Run another 10k. I ran a 10k in 2015 and would really like to do it again. I actually signed up for an April 1st race last night, so no turning back now! This should also help me with my journey to get back in shape postpartum.
- Set a “work” schedule for the week. I need to be more intentional about my day-to-day activities. I’m a horrible procrastinator which means that my basic tasks, like meal prep, laundry, and cleaning, get put off until the later part of the week. I would have more time for myself or other activities if I just set more of schedule to follow.
- Get creative. Those other activities I mentioned above could include house projects, crafts, photography or blogging. These are all things I enjoy (mostly) but don’t make time for. Now, I know that redoing an entire room in a week while chasing an almost toddler around isn’t going to happen, but I can make time for being creative weekly.
- Figure out this blogging thing. I love what this blog has given to me over the years. It’s provided a creative outlet, introduced me to some great people, inspired me to pursue opportunities I never would have thought myself capable of. But, over the past 2 years it’s really taken a backseat to other parts of my life. At a time I would have loved to turn this into my full-time gig, but now my full-time gig is my kid. And I want to have more kids, sooner rather than later. This means that next year I could have even less time to blog, which raises the question, is it worth the money for hosting and domain registration? I’d like to get to a place where I can make the blog self-sufficient, but this is going to require a lot more effort on my part. I’ll have to work harder and smarter. I don’t want to give up without trying, so this year I’m trying, and we shall see where we end up. I’m not going to neglect my child or my daily tasks for the sake of page views or features, but I can give up some tv time 😉
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You should reward yourself with a cookie or glass of wine! 😉 But seriously, thanks for reading. Cheers to a new year!