Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year, New Goals {2018}

Every January I feel like it is a great time to set new goals and resolutions.  I always love reading other peoples goals and seeing what is important for them to focus on as a new year begins.  Last year  I shared my goals and I'd say I nailed 3 out of 5 of them. Hoping to get a redo for the other two in 2018 so I'm just going to carry those over to this year!

2017 Goals
1. Complete little house projects.  I got a lot of things checked off my list and feel pretty good about this one. From painting some furniture and almost completing Boo-Boo's baseball room (that I still need to share), this was a focus I was excited about. 

2. Complete BIG house projects.  We finished our basement this past year and did pretty big landscaping project.  I still need to share the finished products of both of these here on the blog!  They were time consuming and took a lot of effort and energy on our part, but we love the outcomes and have really enjoyed having these spaces for entertaining and for our own family to use. 

3. Read more. FAIL!!!!  I started off great, but just couldn't quite seem to find the time to keep up with this goal. Hoping for a redo of this one in 2018. 

4. Host friends/family for dinner at our house.  I didn't do this one as much as I would have liked, but a big part of it is that we just really stayed so busy that we weren't able to find the time. Our weekends are packed with sports and kids' activities, but with our new spaces I'm hoping to do more of this in 2018. We started the year off right with a New Year's Eve party with friends at our house! 

5. Create meaningful moments with my kids.  Of all the things I did this year, this has to have been my favorite.  We traveled, we had local adventures, experienced the eclipse, celebrated when our teams did well and even just enjoyed little things like trips to Starbucks.  I soaked up as much of those little meaningful moments as I could and as a result it was a really amazing year.  

2018 Goals
1. Read more. I think this might be the third year this goal has been on my list.  I just can't ever seem to find much time, but I love to read so I am really hoping to do more of it in 2018.

2. Host friends/family at our house.  I'd love to have more people over. Our busy schedules make that kind of tricky, but I know we can find some time to squeeze in fun and use our new spaces!

3.  Plan more playdates for the kids. One thing I used to be really good at is planning playdates for my kids. At least once a week (sometimes more often) they would have friends over and we all used to love that time.  Now it's become harder because not only are we busier, but their friends are also. However, just like my goal above, I would love to find little pockets of time to have their friends over because it is so important for them to develop strong bonds and friendships with their friends outside of school and sports.  Plus, with my oldest heading off to middle school next year, I know good girlfriends is going to be key!

4.  Put my kids to bed earlier.  I know they need good sleep, especially during the week, but when we get home late from sports and have to eat late it pushes everything back. Or, even if they are just having fun playing games or hanging out with the Mr., who they haven't seen all day, it is hard to make them stop the fun and go to bed. However, we all pay for it in the morning. I'm not a morning person and I have somehow passed that along to my kids. Yesterday was our first day back to school and when I woke up Boo-Boo he told me he just needed to sleep a few more hours. Poor kid...I felt the same way!

5. Pack lunches right after school.  This may seem silly, but I despise packing lunches. I don't know what it is about it, but I really dread it every night. I think it is usually because I'm ready to unwind and relax or go to bed and then it hits me that I still have to pack lunches for the next day.  SO, I've talked to a lot of friends and several of them say they pack their kids lunches as soon as they unpack the lunch boxes.  SO, right after school when I'm emptying lunch boxes I'm going to repack while I'm helping with homework, etc..  We'll see how it goes and I'll keep y'all updated, but hoping this will help with me dreading this task.

What are some of your goals for 2018?

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