Happy New Year!
I’ve taken a lot of time to reflect on 2018 and think about the year ahead. What I wanted to accomplish in 2018, what I didn’t and what I hope to achieve in 2019. In this post last year, I noted my obsession for new years and new goal setting – so here I am, planning my best year yet in hopes that I can achieve what I want to.
I feel like last year was all about becoming a better “me” and focusing on some goals to better myself. All in all 2018 was a pretty good year. We finished a never ending home renovation and finally started giving William a bath in the tub…and not the kitchen sink. I started working out again and felt much better about myself. William turned two and has been so much fun. We visited friends and family, explored our city, ate delicious meals at new restaurants and were promoted at work. I also didn’t become a morning person, lose that much weight, fell short on my book reading goal and ate like crap more than I would like to admit. But overall we are happy and healthy and I’m thankful for all the good in my life.
As I think about 2019 and the goals I want to set for myself, I am focusing on not only a better me, but better relationships and the small things that I can do with my family to better the environment we live in. If any of you know my husband, you know that he is a huge fan of anything that makes our world more environmentally friendly. He graduated with an atmospheric science degree and while he hasn’t used that in his career today, his knowledge from that major constantly creeps into our lives. While it bothered me at first (and admittedly can still be annoying at times) – the constant frustration that I didn’t recycle a cereal box, or the random articles he sends me about how climate change is ruining our world – I’ve started to realize that he is right and I can and should do my part. That has led me to look at what we put in and on our bodies and educate myself on the best food and products for myself and my family.
It’s not something that will happen overnight but I am making a conscience effort to move to a healthier, greener and environmentally focused lifestyle…as defined in many different ways 🙂
On top of that, my number one focus is getting William to sleep in his own bed. Starting today. I haven’t been overly dedicated to it…like at all…and the time has come. He needs better sleep, we need better sleep and eventually he will need to move into a big boy bed and that just feels so far off when he isn’t sleeping in his crib as it is. So, if I’m sitting at my computer one year from now, reflecting on 2019, and the one thing that I accomplished is the fact that my son sleeps by himself, I will deem 2019 a success.
One year I had one big “thing” I would plan each month and I really want to do that again this year. Take a trip just me and Alex, run a 5k, plan a girls day at the wineries, take William out of school and have a family day. Just something out of the norm to look forward to can make everything more enjoyable.
I tend to be hard on myself and overthink everything. So if I had ONE goal for myself this year, it’s to be kinder and more forgiving to my faults. Focus on not getting bent out of shape over the little things and be a good example for my son. Be a good friend and focus on my relationships with people rather than focusing on the frustration or exhaustion of doing things I don’t necessarily want to.
I love the new year. It’s such a great time to reset and prepare for a year ahead but also recognize things that we want to change in the future. It gives us an opportunity to start fresh and do things differently. To handle situations differently and decide who we want to be. So…cheers to the New Year and I look forward to making it a wonderful 2019!