Happy New Year! (a few days late)
A new year for most people mean setting New Year’s resolutions and starting over fresh. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions. I feel like I am constantly setting goals all year long so I don’t need the New Year to make a new goal. I probably have too many goals that I’m trying to meet at any given time.
But nonetheless, in the spirit of the New Year and goal setting I’m going to share with you a few of the random things I’m currently working on within myself.
- Fitness-LOSE THIS BABY WEIGHT!
7 weeks ago our family was blessed with another gift, our sweet Lane Everett. We are all smitten with him and are enjoying having a newborn around again. But, I still have 14 extra lbs from carrying him last year. So, my fitness goal is to get back down to pre-pregnancy weight. (I’ll be sharing more of my fitness plan in a separate post.)
- Wear an apron more while I cook.
I hate to admit it, but I am a messy cook. As much as I try not to be, I still am. Some of my favorite shirts are marked forever with that yucky little grease spot from me being careless in the kitchen (or my sweet kids touching my shirt!). So, I would like to be more intentional about wearing an apron in the kitchen. (I know, such a profound goal.)
- Quit multi-tasking.
Us women typically brag about how we can multitask and how our husbands can’t. It is not uncommon to find me in the kitchen holding a baby, helping a kid with homework, stirring supper, answering a text , and mentally thinking about my to-do list all at the same time. Yes, multitasking is a skill that most parents have to have to survive. But, what I mean by quit multi-tasking is to quit trying to do so many things at once. It’s not really something to be “proud” of. I would be more proud to say that I gave my husband or child undivided attention rather than half listening while I’m working on something else at the same time. My goal is to lessen the multi-tasking and if that means I have to let some things go, then so be it. I’d rather be fully present at the things most important to me, than be a multitasking rockstar at 100 different things.
- Give myself some grace to not have it all together.
My husband tells me all the time that I’m too hard on myself. I’m going to try and listen to an outsider’s perspective and give myself a little grace to not have it all together.
- Be online less.
My goal is to have set times to be “online” to work or be social. Instead of trying to “multitask” all day long, I am setting specific times and time limits for me to be online to get work done and be social. This will help me be more intentional and specific with my online time and not get sidetracked.
- Be more social online and intentional.
Okay, I know that this goal seems counterproductive to being online less. But, what I mean by this is I don’t want to be a mindless scroller and creeper online. I don’t want being on social media to be a time filler because I don’t want to be cleaning the house or some other chore. I want it to be the time that I can comment on your photos and tell you how sweet your family is. If I’m going to spend time online I want to interact and encourage others and not just creep.
- Be a better homeschool mom.
I have settled into LOVING homeschooling my kids. I have great ideas, great plans and good intentions. But, I don’t always put them into practice because I’m too busy multi-tasking and run out of time to actually focus on what I want to focus on. So, my goal is to do a better job planning and implementing some of my crazy ideas with the kids.
- Floss my teeth more.
Every year I say I’m going to floss my teeth every single night. Every year I fail. But, it is still a goal that I’ll strive towards!
So there’s a short list of a few things I’m working on. Nothing too deep or profound. I do have some spiritual and professional aspirations as well. But, I’m still hashing those out in prayer because I have too many goals and desires. I’m asking the Lord to help me prioritize my priorities and time. I’m asking Him to help me decide what professional goals are actually realistic and beneficial for me to focus on improving during this season of 4 kids at home, homeschooling, working from home, and a baby.
Because at the end of the day, out of all my little aspirations, dreams, desires, goals, or whatever word you want to attach to it. Nothing is more important to me than getting to know my Savior better, desiring to please Him with my life, loving my husband, investing in my children, discipling them, loving them, guiding them, laughing with them, schooling them, and enjoying them.
Happy New Year Friends!