2019 Goals

2018 feels like a blur! We welcomed our first son in March, so we spent the two months before that traveling and preparing for his arrival. And, after? Life with a newborn was chaotic (but so, so rewarding); no amount of planning could have prepared for everything a baby entailed! Ten months later, Samuel still doesn’t love to sleep through the night, but I’m not letting that hold me back. In my mom’s words, I’m actually thriving with little sleep. Who knew?

Because of my new mentality (that I’m still working on), I’m excited about knocking out my goals for 2019. Below are some of my goals followed by a short explanation!

1. Spend more time on the people and things that bring me joy. Last year, I was forced to take a hard look at where I was spending my time and my money and to prioritize. Having Samuel to take care of has really changed my mindset. Before him, I really don’t know how I spent my time. That’s so cliche, but it’s so true. This year, I really want to be intentional. I want to make sure I’m spending my time on the things and people that truly matter. My Letterfolk Board says “Simplify: Make time for the little things” right now, and that’s what I plan on doing. 

2. Develop my personal style and donate or sell what doesn’t make me feel good. I often find myself pulling on some leggings, a v-neck, throwing my hair up, and calling it a day. That’s fine and all, but it doesn’t make me feel good. I find that I am so much more productive when I take the time to put myself together in the morning. I follow Natalie Borton on Instagram, and she is always sharing #legitmomstyle outfits. I’m really interested in defining my personal style and creating a “uniform,” so I can get ready quickly each day while still feeling fantastic. 

3. Give gifts like it’s my job (and sometimes it actually is). I’m a very good gift giver when I set myself up for success and actually make the things happen. A lot of times, I drag my feet and am a last-minute shopper. I run to the store and quickly buy something that works, which typically isn’t what I wanted. By planning and taking initiative, I will show people that I care. This means, I need to organize my calendar to keep track of those important dates! 

4. Spend time every single day laughing. Focus on enjoying the time with the people who are in my life, especially my son, I want to make him laugh every day! They say laughter is the best medicine, and I find that when I’m laughing, I’m in an overall better mood. (Duh!)

5. Become proactive and focus on tasks I need to complete. Woah! This is a big one that I hesitate to share. I tend to complete things (like this blog post) and then sit on it for a while until I can be sure it’s exactly what I want to put out there. In reality? No one cares as much as I do! I need to be more afraid of NOT doing the things I should be doing.

6. Have fun in the kitchen. Meal planning and cooking often get the best of me, even with my best intentions. I want to streamline my meal planning, so that way I can focus on creating new dishes in the kitchen, including baking delicious items. I want to try out new recipes and bake something new each month! 

7. Travel. One word is all this line needs! I want to explore and see more of the world with my family. I love going on an adventure, and I want this year to have even more!

I plan on revisiting my goals once a month and making smaller goals, so I can make I’m moving forward! Of course, circumstances can change, but I can always reevaluate and change these goals!

Happy 2019, everyone! I hope this is your best year ever!

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Welcome, March!

I know exactly what you’re thinking. Where have I been the past two weeks?! Well, I have been trying to figure out what direction I want my blog to head. While participating in the Disney College Program, I was constantly doing new things and didn’t have to think about what to write about. The words just flew off of my fingertips. After coming down from my Disney high, I realized my life back home isn’t nearly as exciting to me to always blog about.

I absolutely love reading blogs. Every morning I look forward to reading new blog posts from blogs like Peanut Butter Fingers, Carrots ‘N’ Cake, The Lauren Elizabeth and Cupcakes and Cashmere. These distinguished bloggers create new, fresh content at least once a day. I always read those blogs (and a handful more) every single weekday. Needless to say, I have a blog-reading addiction.

I am inspired by these bloggers and feel like I know them. That’s part of blogging – well, depending on the focus of the content. I like that. Each of these ladies has a different focus, and that’s what makes each blog unique. They also seem to genuinely enjoy blogging. That is exactly what I want to convey with my blog. A few of the blogs have a “Blogger Series” of tips, and they all recommend blogging about a topic you thoroughly enjoy. The blogger should want to read her blog!

From here on out, I will be blogging about my interests. I will be posting workouts (weightlifting, HIIT, running, circuits, etc.), recipes I enjoy and random things that I do. In other words, this is the blog I would have been writing all along had I not done the Disney College Program first! Here we go! 🙂

March Goals

I really liked posting my February goals. While I didn’t complete all of them, I was certainly more motivated after making them public. This month, I WILL be able to cross of each goal. I’m not sure how I will complete the “do something to inspire others,” but that’s part of the fun!

How have you been inspired by others?
What is your favorite blog to read?