Hello 2020! I’ve spent the last week, like I do most years between Christmas and New Years, reflecting on the past year and planning for the next. All the blessings, lessons and possibilities fill my mind and motivate me to think about all the things I can do to make the new year better than the last, which tends to get a little overwhelming. Like most, my resolutions tend to fall to the wayside with the same old “I’ll get to it tomorrow” attitude.
What makes this year different than the rest? I’ve decided to write it all down: my hopes and dreams along with a timeline and a little plan of action. I don’t know about you, but the fact that it’s 2020 and a new decade has made this new year seemly more significant than the rest. I think it also has to do with my age and the stage of life that I’m in. It seems like time is flying by faster than ever. The feeling is kind of scary, kicking me in the ass to get my shit together.
With kids, a career and all kinds of goals, I feel like the only way to get anything done is to write it down, break it all down, and plan. I’ve decided to focus on happiness and put everything that gives me peace of mind into buckets: health, home, family and finances. I feel like if I can prioritize these four things, I’m golden.
I’m now four months postpartum and feeling a little guilty like I’ve let myself go. I don’t know if what I’m feeling is normal, but after Owen, I felt like I bounced back a little quicker. My goal for this year is to get back in shape, eating healthy and kick starting the new year with a sober January. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the holidays, not saying no to anything and over indulging (insert grimacing face emoji)… I want to focus on daily intake of water, get back into running and mix in some sort of strength training weekly (like yoga, pilates, cycling or weights).
Nothing makes me happier than a clean house! It’s time to do some deep cleaning and clearing out our drawers. It’s tough to stay on top of wardrobes with two growing babies and the laundry seems endless. I’m trying to incorporate folding into my tv time and I don’t know about you, but it seems like getting it actually put away is the toughest task for my fam (embarrassed facepalming go on here). My goal is to KonMari every little nook and cranny. Time to suck it up and stop being so damn emotionally attached to it all.
Time really seems to get away from me and I feel emotionally drained by the end of the day. My goal is to get into a good routine so that I’m up early able to get my personal stuff done before the kids are up, get them ready for daycare and everyone out the door on time so that we get our day off to the right start. I want to get in and out of the office early so I can have my evenings with them and relax. It’s just been harder than ever with a growing new born and toddler that are constantly in and out of leaps.
Along with routines, I want to schedule quality time with my family, date nights, one-on-one time and weekend getaways. I want to work on my relationships because they’re a direct line to my happiness.
Ah, there it is. The big stressor that I want let go of. I no longer want to stress about finances. Is that even a possibility? I’m going to stand strong and say it is. Time to beef up that savings account and make all our dreams come true. To get out of debt and focus on what’s really important. I truly feel like if I get a handle on our expenses and let go of the materialistic spending that comes so easy to me, I will be less stressed. I’m looking at you, Dave Ramsey.
Okay, now that I’ve put it all out there, here’s my list of to-do’s:
- Get into a good routine, scheduling my day to day priorities like working out, reading, etc.
- Budget our finances: time to re-evaluate all those monthly subscriptions and cut out the unnecessary, take a look at our grocery list and check in on where our money is going daily, weekly and monthly.
- Create a habit tracker – there’s nothing like a good check list to give me a little boost when I tick things off (see routine and add in chores).
How are you feeling about the new year? Are you feeling energized or overwhelmed? Let me know in the comments.
Here’s what I’m using to stay organized and on track…