We’re well into the New Year, and everyone is sharing their resolutions. I’ve never been the resolution type. Mainly because of the fact that I can’t stick to them, and it’s depressing when five months into the new year I’ve packed on 5 lbs instead of losing 10. This year, I’ve decided to put together a list of my hopes and dreams for 2017. These hopes and dreams are things that I envision for myself and for my family, things that I’ve decided to put into the universe this year, in hopes that they will become a reality.
Several bloggers have crafted some absolutely beautiful posts this month sharing their word for 2017. In my own true fashion, I couldn’t decide on just one word. I’ve chosen several words that I want to take with me into 2017. Really put a focus on them. Balance. Growth. Confidence. Faith. Consistency. Gratitude. Joy. What are your words for 2017? (If you have any) And how do you plan to integrate them into your daily life?
If you’re a visual person like I am, a vision board is a great way to compile your goals. My absolutely beautiful friend, Nannette, is hosting a FREE Online Vision Board Workshop. I love having things out where I can look at them every day to remind me of my goals, and keep me motivated to achieve them. The workshop is on the 17th, so it’s in just a few short days. I will definitely be there.
1. See my family become debt-free
This is something we’ve been struggling with for quite some time now. The last two years have been really hard on us, and while I don’t need us to be disgustingly wealthy, I would love for us to enjoy the ability to live comfortably. It’s a luxury that I think we take for granted far too often. Once we become debt-free, I hope that we can create realistic budgets that will keep us that way.
2. Become more present as a wife and as a mother.
There are times where I’m sitting with my family and I’m just zoned out. Whether I’m absorbed in whatever I’m watching on TV or reading on my phone, I often feel like they’re being neglected. Taking time to just sit and talk with my husband, hold his hand, cuddle with him at night before we fall asleep–those are the things that matter. When my son wants me to read Llama Llama Red Pajama to him for the 100th time that day, I will gladly do it. Spending these years with him is what matters…smelling his hair while I’m holding him, memorizing how his tiny body fits so perfectly next to mine while we’re reading a book, seeing how excited he gets when he has his “choo choo”. Being present for these moments while I still have the chance. I won’t get these precious years back.
3. Put in more time for self-care and grow spiritually and emotionally.
Taking care of my family gives me so much fulfillment and joy in my live, but oftentimes I forget to care for myself. I’ve said it so many times before, but SELF-CARE IS SO IMPORTANT. Whether I am taking a few minutes at night to do my skincare routine, paint my toenails, read a chapter of a good book, or a daily devotional…I want to take more time to better myself. I have lost touch with my faith more than once these last few months, and I want to find it again.
4. Have my house become more of a home.
Each month, I hope to be able to buy one item for my house. Whether it’s something big like the nightstands that we desperately need, or something small like some wall decor. My dream is for my house to feel more cozy, welcoming, and “homey”. We don’t even have curtains, y’all… this is a must.
5. Advance my skills in the kitchen.
This year, I want to try a new recipe every month. Whether I find it on Pinterest or dream it up myself. I love cooking and baking and hope to become more confident in the kitchen.
6. Become more health conscious and stay consistent with it.
My entire life I have had such a horrible relationship with food, which is why became an overweight adult. The kicker is that I know how to properly nourish my body and all of the good things to put into it, I just don’t. Having my children grow up with healthy food relationships is so important to me, and I know that starts with me.
7. Continue to Grow Creatively.
Creatively, I have grown leaps and bounds in the last year. Seeing that continue into this year (and next) is the goal. I’ve taught myself a lot of things, and had some wonderful friends teach me as well. Expressing myself and opening up has also become easier.
8. Forming Lasting Connections with People.
Growing my tribe is so important to me. Sharing, connecting, experiencing things together. I’ve never been one to easily open up to others, and I want to work on becoming better at that.
9. Enjoy More.
I’ve always had an anxious mind, and it’s gotten worse since becoming in charge of a household and a small human. There’s not a second in my day where I’m not thinking of everything that I have to get done. This year, I hope that I can learn to pause and enjoy this time. Who cares if the laundry isn’t done and put away at the end of the night? My hope is that I will be able to remember what I don’t get done today can be done tomorrow. Time spent enjoying the company of my husband and my son should always be most important.
10. Watch my family grow.
No, I’m not pregnant. I’ve always wanted a big family, and I’m hoping that our family can continue to grow, if not this year then maybe next.
Tell me about your hopes and dreams for this year!