A few photos from our Christmas, and what I might wear if I were going to a fancy NYE party (which I’m not!).
Details: velvet dress (similar, similar), over-the-knee boots, ruffle top, open toe booties, lucy’s dress, penny’s dress, noah’s sweater
Happy (almost) New Year!!! How was your 2016? It was a good one for us. It had it’s ups and downs, but I have no doubt that one day I will look back and want to re-live 2016 because our babies are so much fun and I honestly want to freeze time and cherish them every single day.
I’m also pretty sure 2016 was the year of the hashtag #goals, right? It’s everywhere, and it’s basically one way of admitting the envy we all deal with on social media, but it’s also become a cute way to complement your friends…. because “ILYSM and #goals!!!” 😉 However, I think getting rid of envy and being grateful for who we are and what we have should be topping everyone’s resolution list… I know it is topping mine.
That being said, I am a believer in looking inside oneself to improve, grow, learn from our mistakes, change what needs to be changed, and help our weaknesses become strong.
As a stay-at-home mom, I feel busy with my kids (ages 7, 5, and 2) from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed. I am definitely not bored, and I am definitely exhausted at the end of each day. Because of this, something I think about a whole lot is time management and how to improve my use of time.
I realize that as the mom, I have the power to set the tone for the day and plan and implement things that are beneficial for the family and the kids. It’s up to me to spend time with them and teach them all the good things.
However, parenting is a juggling act, and there is never one right answer or solution to how we spend our time because it changes every day. Something that works one day might not work the next. But, I often look at other moms who are accomplishing things I wish I could accomplish and I wonder, “WHEN the H do they fit that in?!” “How do they do it??” Most days I can’t seem to do even the smallest things when I am busy with my three little ones.
But there are at least three things I kick myself over. They should be my biggest priority, other than my husband and children, but when things get busy, they are the first things to go. Why is that?? I can’t be too hard on myself, but I am continually trying to improve in these three areas:
I love sleep and I know the value of it. I’m a happier, healthier, better person when I get enough sleep. I often ask my friends with kids when they go to bed and when they wake up, and each of their answers are so interesting and different, but I find that my most successful friends make sleep a priority. I am such a night owl by nature, even when I am exhausted. I become more productive when the kids are asleep because: silence!!! But I can’t do it every night. Sure, I can allow myself a few late nights… let’s be realistic. But, I’m getting older and I need to listen to my body when I am tired and go. to. bed.
Gosh I love to exercise… and not just for weight management, but because of the way it makes me feel. If I can squeeze in a simple 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of yoga, I am golden. I feel amazing. It gives me greater energy and strength to face the day. It is the best. In the past, I have ran a marathon, a half marathon, and two sprint triathlons (my favorite!), but those things require a lot of training and TIME. Right now I am in a phase where I feel like I only have time for about one hour of fitness, maybe three times a week. I have to be realistic! I have a stationary bike in my basement for when it’s cold outside, or I run outside when the weather is reasonable. Ideally I like to work out for one hour, about three times a week, before the kids wake up.
I love the scriptures, and when I take time to read them personally (not just as a family, because we do that too), I have a better day. A better perspective. I am more patient, more thoughtful, more guided. Life’s burdens seem lighter. I believe that if I read His words regularly, I am putting Him first, and I will be blessed. I usually try to sneak it in, you know? For example, sometimes I read while I workout, while I sit down to eat, or I turn on the audio version (using this app) while putting my makeup on. But too often, I let it slide. I get too busy. I get too tired or I forget. So… I want it to become a more consistent habit, and I am determined to keep trying.
Call me crazy, but I also have preserving memories goals (5 years behind in our family yearbooks and I’m determined to catch up by dedicating 1-2 nights a week), screen time goals (less screen time for all!), parenting goals (be more present, spend more quality time with the kids, endless kisses and hugs, raise my voice less, maybe read a few parenting books), spouse goals (he’s the best to me, I need to work on being the best to him), and friend goals (socialize more, be open to new friendships, and show people I love them!).
I’m not sure I will succeed, but I believe that when we do our best, God will make up the rest. I believe that the Atonement provides an enabling power that helps us get up every morning and accomplish the things we need to accomplish. I feel it every day as I raise my babies. He is there to help us.
I would love, love, love to hear what your goals are for this year, and what has worked for you! Feel free to share! Happy New Year!!!