If I’m being super honest, I kinda get annoyed with all this resolution, goal-setting talk around the New Year. My reason being is because I feel like people don’t actually take the time to really stick to it. Also because every single day is a fresh start. Heck, every second is, just blink and you’ve got a whole new day ahead of you.
With that being said, however, I do get an overwhelming feeling of starting fresh when the New Year hits. With a lot on my plate this year (an always active toddler, a growing blog with growing social media channels, & a possible part time job in the near future) I actually feel pushed to create a list of sorts. It’s easy as a busy mom, especially one that stays home, to say, “oh I didn’t get to that today, I’ll do it tomorrow.” Well instead of constantly “doing it tomorrow” I wanted to create a solid list that I think on everyday and work towards.
That is not to say that I will feel defeated if come December 31, 2017 if everything doesn’t have a pretty check mark next to it! This is a list of things I’m going to work towards and try to accomplish. It will not be forced. I want it to be a fun year, a year of adventures and loving life!
I have lots of things I want to accomplish, I have so many aspects of my life, I have broken down everything
like an OCD psycho into categories.
Here we go:
Finish reading the Bible – I want to read it from cover to cover. I started a while back, but this will be the year I finish it.
Start serving on a serve team again – Before our daughter was born I served every Sunday, helping with offering. Now that she is comfortable in nursery I need to make the time to serve again.
Establish a recurring date night and stick to it – We used to have a date night every Wednesday; becoming parents and John’s current job make that much more difficult. We also had gotten a bit lazy about actually finding interesting and different things to do each week. I don’t anticipate this being a weekly thing, since we do have a little one, but we’ve all but stopped having one so we need to bring those back!
Attend a marriage event/conference – A couple years ago our church hosted an event for married couples. There was a speaker, lunch, and one-on-one activities. It was a really great bonding experience and I’d love to go to one again.
Put shelves in the half bath – We have painted, hung pictures, and gotten a new light fixture, toilet paper holder, towel rack, anddddd faucet. We literally just need to hang shelves and the project will be complete!
Finally finish the office (chair, some sort of shelfing) – This is a room we’ve really struggling with what to do with. It is just a big square with four windows, but it ends up housing random stuff, yet also has big empty spaces as well.
New carpet in the guest bedroom – Thanks for our dog, this needs to be replaced.
Reading nook in the master bedroom – One half of our master bedroom literally has no furniture. We are hoping to add a chair, lamp, and small shelf to create a cozy little area to read or relax.
Tile in the master bathroom – Part of it is carpeted, need I say more?!
Curtains in the remaining rooms that don’t have them – I’m tired of just looking at plain, white shades in almost every room.
Picture frames up to date and hung up – self explanatory, and embarrassingly enough this also includes our wedding photos…from almost five years ago!
Get furniture for the front porch – We have a sweet little porch with white railing and I would love to put some patio furniture or rocking chairs out there.
Do a family date day/night at least once a week – This is a really important one as well, especially now that our daughter is at such an impressionable age.
Talk about plans for Baby #2 once Little Miss is potty trained – Don’t start harassing me or peppering me with questions just yet 😉 Little Miss may not even be potty-trained this year, but if so we feel like that’s a great time to talk about expanding our family.
Take a 5 year anniversary trip with my hubby – I have hopes for a big trip for this one, but finances, time, and arrangements for our daughter will obviously take precedence.
Take a family trip – We’ve never been on one! My wanderlust heart can’t take it anymore!!!
Take a girls trip – Myself and most of my girlfriends turn 30 this year. A girls trip is obviously necessary!
Check out 1+ states on my bucket list (this can be incorporated into one of the above trips) – I’ve already been to 27, but I’ve got 23 to go…
Find something part-time working with children, preferably in reading – I am a former elementary school teacher with a reading specialist endorsement and am starting to miss that part of my life. I love this season of being a mom to a little one, however, and am SO grateful to be able to stay home with her, so that is why I only want something part-time.
Compete in another half marathon – I haven’t decided if I want to do the Rock & Roll Half again or try a new one! Maybe I’ll do more than one 😉
Compete in at least three 5k (or longer) races – I love the adrenaline, happiness, and just plain FUN that surrounds organized races. I didn’t do many in 2016 and I missed it terribly!
Practice yoga 2+ a week – Yoga is something I’ve always wanted to do and when I was pregnant I did it almost everyday. I think it helps my overall demeanor and quite frankly my labor, overall. I haven’t taken the time to commit to it since she’s been born and I’d love to!
Host 5-10 bloggers for a series – I have always so enjoyed guest posting on other people’s blogs and love the connections you make so I’d love to host my own.
Update the layout – This page needs a face lift and some housekeeping touches
Publish 10+ posts a month – I don’t necessarily want to post on the same days every week, but I do want to publish posts more regularly than I have in the past.
Take a course (online or otherwise) to become more knowledgeable of my camera – We have a Canon and I know I could do some great things with it if I knew what the heck I was doing!
Social Media Channels (Blog):
Grow Facebook & Twitter to 1,000 followers – self explanatory
Become more familiar with Pinterest & StumbleUpon – I’ve heard these are great for sharing blog posts so I would love to use them more often.
Grow Instagram to 10,000 followers – self explanatory
Set up a working budget and stick to it – This is something that we haven’t stuck to in the past and I think it’s really important.
Meal plan weekly & don’t go to the grocery store more than once a week – I have found myself spending more money than necessary due to sporadic grocery store trips. I am going to take the time to meal plan, really figure out what need to be purchased, and make a weekly trip.
Continue tithing every single week – This is something I have faith in and starting in December 2016 we did it every week. We will continue doing so in 2017.
Finish junior and senior year of college scrapbooks – Yes, I’m that behind!
Make family photo albums – I know I have digital copies of pretty much everything, but I just love sitting around flipping through actual pictures
Find a cleaning schedule that works for us – Another thing we do sporadically in this house is clean. We do some things more than others, some things are forgotten, and we forget when what was done. I have had friends recommend an actual cleaning schedule and then you do a few things a day, week, or month, and it doesn’t become one overwhelming task.
So this is not something I would typically share with others, but I wanted to because I think it will help me stay accountable!
I also wanted to hear if you think I could tone it down or do more on any of the things I stated!
And last, but not least, if you do anything of the things I’ve listed and have any tips, PLEASE feel free to share. I’d appreciate any tips and tricks you have!
Thanks for reading along!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!