It’s that time of year again. We are ready for a fresh start. Another chance to tackle our goals. I found myself writing down my goals for this year and thinking, “are these really going to happen?” I felt hopeful, but unsure.
The only person that can complete my goals is me. Captain obvious wanted to send a quick reminder. We are in control of this. We may be knee deep in laundry, diapers, and legos. But we are still in control of tackling our goals. And it is possible!
Every year I pray that God will send me a word. Just one word that I need to focus on for 2018. I kept coming back to the word “Simplify.” That’s what my goals will center around this year. Simplifying my home, my schedule, and my life. As moms, I feel as if we live in this overwhelmed state. The “I can’t catch up because I don’t even know where to start” mentality. I’ve made a few changes in our routine and gotten rid of SO MUCH STUFF in the past few months. Why are we holding onto all this stuff? I kid you not – at least 20 trash bags have gone out of my house and into the homes of others that were in need. And guess what – I don’t miss it. I don’t regret it. Emily Ley, author of A Simplified Life recommends that you only hold onto the best, the favorite and the necessary. That made my decluttering process so much easier. To learn more about simplifying, I highly recommend reading A Simplified Life. Game changer for sure.
Another goal we have for this year is to spend more quality time together. My husband started working from home a few months ago. It has been wonderful having him around more, but not without its challenges. We had to really buckle down on our schedules to give each other work hours as well as some quality time together. We deemed Friday night as family night. I don’t cook (can I get an amen?) and we either order take out or go treat ourselves somewhere. Whatever we do – we stay off our phones and devote our time to each other. And before you start romanticizing that idea, remember that we have two toddlers. It’s quality, yet chaotic time together. But we make the most of it.
We also decided on twice a month date nights. Unfortunately, my parents and my husband’s parents live out of state. Between paying a babysitter and what we spend on the date – we decided to limit it to two a month. Another way my husband and I try to spend time together is in the car. Once the girls are buckled in and (hopefully) happy, it’s a great chance for us to catch up.
What are your goals for 2018? Comment below so we can encourage each other to make and complete our goals this year!! Can’t wait to hear from you.