I know Christmas isn’t even here yet, but once I get to December I start thinking about the new year. Every year instead of a resolution, I like to pick a word or theme to focus on for the next 12 months. Last year it was minimalism, this year it was home and for 2017 it’s going to be self-care, which I’ll share more about today. One thing I love about picking a theme is that there is less pressure and more results.
Two years ago when I chose minimalism as my word, I would not have considered myself much of a minimalist—it was something I craved but hadn’t figured out. Now, it’s a concept that I live by and am constantly striving for more of. When I chose home as my word last year, I was craving more memories in our home, more family time together, and a place that felt less like a house and more like a, well, home. Lo and behold, not only did I spend more time at home this year, but we also bought a new house that already feels more homey than I ever imagined.
So now that I’m 2/2 for my words of the year, I’m excited for the way I’m going to feel by the end of my year of self-care. Two years into motherhood, it feels like something I definitely need in my life. I love being Jack’s mom and motherhood is honestly the greatest thing I’ve ever done with my life. But through parenting, I’ve lost a lot of the healthy habits I’d cultivated in my 20s and really am starting to feel the effects. This year my intention is to prioritize more balance, including:
- Making a stronger commitment to my spiritual life
- Setting aside time before bed to read for pleasure (rather than scroll my Instagram feed!)
- Planning regular date nights with Brian for one-on-one time to connect as a couple
- Eating more real food (I honestly almost never eat real breakfast and have cheese and crackers for lunch all the time!)
- Making time and space for exercise I enjoy that makes me feel strong and energized
- Prioritizing family walks and bike rides because it makes me feel so happy and refreshed
I’m sure I’ll add a lot of things to this list but these are the areas I really desire to improve on. Wish me luck!
Do you do resolutions or themes? What are you focusing on in 2017?