I am the Queen of New Year’s Resolutions. I make lists and lists outlining my goals for the entire year. I scrap notebooks with only 5 used pages in the hopes of starting completely fresh. I am the A number one fan of “I’ll start that on Monday…next month.” So this new year is even more motivating because JAN 1 2018, the start of a brand new year, the time to be the best person you can be, just happens to start on a MONDAY. How fantastic is that?! After many failed attempts to be who I want to be, to change the things I dislike about myself, to get motivated and focus on being the best me, this year is MY year.
How come every new year, we always talk about how terrible the year before was? Is it natural to think that the year before could have been THAT much better? When I look back on 2017, it was a good year, not the best year, but pretty OK. We watched our sweet baby boy grow into a healthy, happy and energetic one year old, we spent a lot of time with family and friends and both grew in careers we are passionate about. But, we didn’t have any crazy experiences or new beginnings which can sometimes be more paralyzing to do what we really want in life. I think the “bleh” reaction I have toward 2017 is making me even more motivated to be better in 2018.
If anything, I’ve learned a whole lot about being a mom, balancing a career and learning to take time for myself. I’ve learned more about what makes me happy and how to get motivated. That balancing the time in a day is even more important when you have a child you have to give your undivided attention to. That the baby weight doesn’t magically disappear when the child comes out and can actually continue to increase if you don’t watch it….
So in an effort to motivate myself, I’m focused on a few key areas, on this first day, Monday, in 2018. My hope is that you may find some benefit to this as well as I work through the ebbs and flows, ups and downs and overall desire to be the best me.
- Get back to my goal weight via healthy eating and exercise
- Read 1 book a month
- Keep house organized/clean
- Establish a budget to save in 2018
- Work out 5 times a week
- Give myself my morning