Focusing On A New Year

I have never been a fan of making a resolution because I do not like to set myself up for failure. I know making a resolution works for many people, but not me. This year I am taking a new approach, I am making a list of what I am going to focus on. I am hoping this will help me make changes and feel as though I have succeeded.

  • Make “me” time. This focus may change daily, it could vary from working out, taking a walk, reading a book, meditating, having dinner with friends, etc. Too many times I put myself on the back burner and I must stop that.
  • Be healthier. This is so important because not only do I need to be healthy for myself, but also for my family. I am going to eat better, exercise regularly, get adequate sleep, eliminate stress, relax more, have regular check-ups, etc.
  • Get Out More. I must stop thinking that because my kid is in the toddler stage, we shouldn’t go out to restaurants or travel to fun places like we did pre-baby. Instead, I want to expose my son to more culture. We always go to Disney (parks, restaurants, etc.) since it is so kid friendly. This year, I’d like to venture out more. We have been taking our vacations to visit family since it seems like the comfortable choice, but it’s time to step outside of our comfort zone a bit.
  • Have Realistic Expectations. This is a big one for me. I need to stop thinking I should workout every single day or that my house should always be spotless. I am a busy stay at home mom. My son’s well being is my number one priority and when he is napping, I focus on my blog, eBay business, household chores, meal planning, etc. I need to realize I am not super woman and stop disappointing myself. I need to adapt my schedule and include him in my tasks.
  • Don’t Forget Who I Am: I also have an identity outside of being a mom and I need to remember who that person is. It’s not that I do not LOVE being a mom because I really do, but I cannot lose sight of being a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

What are you focusing on this year?

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6 Thoughts to “Focusing On A New Year”

  1. These are great things to focus on this year! I especially like “Don’t Forget Who I Am” – I need to work on that too!

  2. Thanks Carrie. Yes, I have been guilty of forgetting who I am, which is not fair to everyone around me.

  3. This is a great list! Instead of it being a resolution this is something that we should be doing all the time. But I agree that it can be difficult.

  4. marie patellis

    What a great list! It looks like what I need to work on as well! The last 3 are really items I need to work on. Happy New Year to you three!!

  5. Sharon Montgomery

    I guess after my journey the past year with breast cancer, I need to focus on some me time also-I really want to get a massage, spend more time in bubble baths and just be thankful for another day with my family. Trying to find the time and energy to start walking-a must this year. Have a great New Year

  6. I love the fact that you remember that you have to focus on you. It is easy to forget that on the journey of motherhood. We put so much effort into being the best mother we can be for our children, sometimes mistaking things like “me time” for selfishness. The thing we always have to remember is that we can’t be any good to anyone if we don’t start with being good to ourselves. Thank for the reminder. 🙂

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