It’s that time again! A New YEAR which means new year GOALS! I love this time of year becaise it feels like we are getting a do-over or a fresh start! I love a clean slate, and I don’t know about you, but I felt like I needed it this month! With all of the ear infections, sickness and busyness of the holidays, I fell way behind on our house up-keep, blogging, Instagram and basically everything else in life. I need this time and reflection and a new set of goals to get back on track. SO, here we go:
My word this year is INTENTIONAL. I want to be intentional with my time, relationships, food, exercise, and every other area of my life. This is something I don’t felt I did a good job of last year and I need to work on it.
I am planning to read more. Last year, I had very high hopes and only read one book, because life with the three babies got a little cray around here. So, this year, I am trying to read little every night. Sofar, I’ve done really well with this!
Getting into a good exercise routine is also on my list. I want to exercise 3 to 5 times a week. I have not started yet because all 5 of us had strep this week, but the TIU Love your body series starts on Monday, so I am planning to follow it to help me get started and create my routine and habit of exercising again.
One of the biggest goals I have for myself this year is to be a better mother. I don’t say that lightly. I feel like I failed in so many ways this past year, especially with my older two. I was so focused on Weston and breastfeeding him and now that he is one, I want to focus on the other two and spend more one-on-one time with them again. I plan to do this by taking them on regular “dates with mommy.” I am looking forward to starting these and I think it will be good for them and for me to have some dedicated, quality time together.
New Year Goals For Every Mom:
I read something on Instagram a while back and I can’t remember who posted it now, but it said something about the fact that you can not pour into someone else cup unless yours is full. It got me thinking because I felt like that has been my struggle the entire 2017 year. I was running on empty. We weren’t sleeping, we were so busy, I don’t even want to think about how many days I went without showering (sad but true). We felt like we were in survival mode all year. Ryan traveled…a lot, and that was very hard. Getting three kids in and out of carseats alone, taking them to the store and trying to figure out who was riding where in the buggy, I mean it was just tough. Especially the week I got so sick and Pippa also got sick and ruined our carpet all while Ryan was gone. It was quite a year and I have been running on fumes and lots of coffee.
So, the point with that rant (bless you if you’re still reading) is that if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can not adequately take care of others. In my case, that came out when I was crying in front of my kids…multiple times, which then upset them. It was burnt mac and cheese because I had to change a blowout, I could go on and on. I’m sure my friends will tell you, I have not been myself. I haven’t been my normal perky, goofy self and that bothers me. So, this year, I am going to start being a little selfish and taking more time to myself. Even if that means I’m taking a 5 minute shower. I will do something for myself every day.
Another goal is to have a regular date night with your husband. It is so good for your marriage and relationship. Ryan and I have a goal to go at least once a month but are going to try to do every other week.
Moms, the biggest thing you can do for your family is to take care of yourself. Go on a trip with friends, so get your nails done, go take a shower. Whatever! Just make are you are taking care of YOU so that you can take care of everyone else! Take it from me: a mom who failed at that last year. BUT this year, we are changing that! Who’s with me?
Alinda Sikes says
You didn’t fail as a mother, dear Logan—you survived! And your kids learned valuable lifelong lessons from your strength and your vulnerability. The little years are tough. You’re mothering beautifully!
Logan Cantrell says
Thank you so much! <3 They can be very tough, especially when you are outnumbered. haha Thank you for your encouragement.