I am not one to do very well making New Year’s resolutions. Usually I have a laundry list and either become overwhelmed by all of the changes I want to make or forget about it after a few weeks in. This year I am trying to be a bit more realistic to the state I am in realizing that self-improvement is a process and seeing the importance of self-care in order to be fully present to those I serve.
1. Joy. My word for the year. So many words came to my mind, but I feel this one encompasses a lot of what is on my heart. Being more patient, joy. Being more present, joy. Laughing and playing with my children, joy. Being grateful, joy. Not complaining, joy.
2. Prayer. I am learning not to set the goal to be something unattainable, instead focusing on forming consistent habits and building from there. In the past I have tried to carve out a large amount of time or wake up early to pray only to grow incredibly frustrated when crying babies and early risers interrupted the time. I am starting with a morning offering and ending my day with an examination of conscience. Also, finding moments to add prayer throughout the day, driving in the van, nursing the baby or while making dinner.
3. Date nights. It has been incredibly difficult to actually go out for date nights since having children, but both Aaron and I see the value in time together without distractions. Time to strengthen our relationship with each other, which in turn will reflect on our family life. We are committing to weekly date nights in, watching a movie, playing cards, dessert after the kids are in bed, reading, etc.
4. Exercise. Unfortunately, I have only worked out once since the birth of Caden and need to get back on track. I am not setting a weight goal, because I don’t want to become a slave to the scale. Instead my goal is to simply exercise 3-4 times a week. I recently discovered these quick and quiet workouts which can be done without weights while kiddos are playing or napping.
5. Nutrition. Far too many sweets were consumed in the last two months and it’s time to cut down on the sugar intake. I am not eliminating it altogether or doing a crash diet, just being more conscious of what I am eating and only enjoying a treat a couple of times a week instead of 5 times a day!
6. Daily Goals. I did receive the beautiful Blessed Is She planner as a gift from Aaron (thank you to the elf that wrapped it for him). Not only is it wonderful for staying organized, it has a lot of bonus features to enhance both spiritual and personal growth.
7. Blog. I really enjoy writing, but unfortunately it all too often gets put last on my to do list. I want to bump it up on the list. Realizing the importance of not losing all of my hobbies to motherhood. Plus, some day I want to write a book.
Still merry and bright, we open gifts with the kids on Epiphany. Can’t wait to see their faces!
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