As we approach the New Year I have done some reflecting on the past year. 2018 has been a year full of ups and downs, and endless surprises.
Looking back at 2018
My husband and I had our daughter on March 5, and what a blessing she has been! Going from a family of 4 to 5 was a big change for all of us. Our oldest daughter was so excited to have another little sister. She has been a huge help with the baby and sometimes a little too helpful. The second daughter; however, had a hard time in the beginning. She was not pleased about giving up her spot as baby of the family. She has since learned to love her baby sister and we couldn’t picture life without her.
We also bought a house this year! Having rented the last 8 years, I have never been more thankful to have a place to finally call home. A place where we can raise our girls, get to know the neighbors, and make memories that will last a lifetime. We moved two weeks after having the baby, which is definitely the craziest thing we have done so far. We definitely couldn’t have done it without friends and family!
My husband and I got married on June 18th this year, which marked our 2 year dating anniversary. It was a simple courthouse wedding, but it was perfect. We plan to have a party at our one year anniversary, so we can celebrate with our friends and family since we skipped the big wedding.
Some other things that happened this year: Our oldest started Kindergarten. She was nervous at first but has really blossomed and is learning so much. We got a puppy! The oldest finally got over her fear of dogs, but we are still working on the 3 year old. I got in my first major wreck this year and totaled my beloved Tahoe. Thankfully, no one was hurt. I was sad to see my Tahoe go, but was able to upgrade to a newer Yukon XL which I lovingly refer to as my “Mom Bus”. I started this blog in November which has been an amazing experience. I hope to grow it over the next year and work on my writing.
Finally, we moved my Mother in Law in with us. She has been struggling with COPD and needed a better environment to live in. We are so blessed that we have the room and the ability to take care of her, but it has been an adjustment for all of us. It hasn’t been easy for her to give up some of her independence to come live with us. We have had to learn how to work together to keep things running smoothly. I am happy to say that we are finally finding our balance as a family and growing together.
Looking Forward To 2019
It has been an amazing year for all of us. So what will next year bring? I’m not sure that I can answer that at the moment, but I do have some thoughts on what I want to work on in the coming year. I know that during the New Year people typically think of making resolutions for the next year. Those resolutions are usually abandoned by mid February, at least for me.
So instead of making resolutions, I have decided to set some goals for myself to work on. I want to improve my life overall and become a better Mom, wife, and friend.
Patience, Patience, Patience
My first goal is to work on my patience. I can be quick to react sometimes, and learning to take the time to think things through would help me be more rational when approaching things. When I react without thinking, I hurt the people around me. It also does not set a good example for my girls. My daughters have also been fighting a lot more lately, which is normal with siblings, but it is definitely one of my button pushers. I hope that by working on my patience I can teach my girls how to be patient with each other.
This year I also want to work on being more organized. I have never been very good at it. I am finding that with my oldest in Kindergarten and my middle in preschool I am that mom that is always picking up or dropping off my kids in sweat pants and no make up. I forget to turn in their assignments, or even do them in the first place. I am a scatter brain, and having kids has only made it worse. If I go to the grocery store without a list, I am bound to forget something. My husband makes fun of me all of the time because of this. Getting a planner will definitely help me to keep up with the school assignments and never ending appointments. I will also make more of an effort to write things down.
Lastly, I want to work on being more active and eating better. Every year I tell myself that I need to lose weight, but never plan it out so that I can actually succeed in being healthier. I rarely exercise at the moment, but I have decided to try to do something active at least 30 minutes everyday. Taking the baby for a stroll is a great way for us to both get out of the house on days when the weather is nice. There are also lots of great work outs that I can do right here in my living room on days when walking is not an option. As for eating, I have already cut out sodas, and junk food. I eat fast food very rarely, but when I eat out I always over do it. I tried Keto last year, and did great for a while and then as soon as I stopped I gained back all the weight. I have decided to just do a low carb approach without going full Keto. I think that with that and exercising I will be able to make a more permanent lifestyle change.
These are all things that I want to work on this year. Every day is a new opportunity to do better than the day before. I hope that this year will be just as amazing as the last. So what are your goals for the new year? And how do you plan to carry them out? Take the time to leave a comment below with your goals so we can all work on holding each other accountable!
Happy New Year!