Here we are, yet again. We are days away from saying goodbye to another year and getting ready to welcome a fresh start for 2018. This is the time where people begin to think about making resolutions for the year to come. Normally I don’t make a resolution. I thought I’d flip the script just a little bit, while it’s great to make new goals for the upcoming year, it’s equally as important to reflect on the year that has passed. I’m feeling especially inspired to start my 2018 with a clear mind, positive thoughts and heaps of gratitude, thanks to a very, very popular blogger. I’m taking the time to write a few things down and share them with you, at the suggestion of Julia Engel. Head to her blog, Gal Meets Glam, to see the post that has encouraged me to do some reflecting.
Now Julia isn’t the only one doing the encouraging – I encourage any of you reading my blog to follow suit and do as I am doing here. Take an hour to yourself to reflect, show appreciation and yes, plan for a good start to 2018.
5 things I’m proud that I accomplished this past year:
- Sold our first home and purchased our current home. Life is stressful in many ways, and I’ve realized that moving homes is close to the top of my stressors list. I’m happy that we are settled in our house and it already feels like we have been here for years. I definitely look forward to continue making it ours.
- Started blogging again. I follow a lot of different bloggers through their Instagram accounts. Although I’m not an “accomplished” blogger, I feel that I’ve already become successful. When I say successful I mean that I successfully put my mind to something, followed through and continued to write, regardless of the opinions of others. That’s a win in my book for sure!
- Deliberately went out of my comfort zone. Although this does not pinpoint one specific thing, it’s an accomplishment nonetheless. I’ve done things like take Gia on road trips, try completely new workouts and deviate from our routines. I’m sure these sound small to outsiders, but for me they’re huge.
- Survived the ups and downs of my first year as a parent. When Gia turned one in August, it wasn’t just a birthday celebration. It was also a chance for Craig and I to look at each other and say, “we did it!” The first year of parenthood is magical, but it is freakin’ tough! Anyone who tells you otherwise is not telling you the whole truth. From sleepless nights, to that first little giggle, all of it is so memorable in it’s own unique way.
- Regained my sense of self. After having Gia in August of 2016, I dealt with a lot of new feelings about myself. Many of those feelings about myself weren’t so positive and were likely related to postpartum hormones. I was able to feel like me again after remembering to make myself a priority. After all, if I don’t take good care of myself, how can I take care of anyone else?
One of my favorite accomplishments of the year – celebrating Gia’s 1st birthday!
5 things I want to tackle in 2018:
- Do more yoga. I think I’ve said this for the past three years. I start the year off doing some yoga and then I fall off the wagon. This year I want to do it for my mind, to keep my body loose and prevent injury from my more traditional workouts in the gym.
- Hold weekly meetings with myself. I’ll even admit it, this one is lofty. It sounds really simple, but it’s not that easy. I want these “meetings” to be a check-in where I can refocus and align my to-do lists with my high-level priorities.
- Maximize my time. I’m going to try and implement a two-minute rule. Any action that can be carried out in two minutes or less will need to be completed right away. I’ll be able to finish small tasks before they pile up and take more mental space than they deserve.
- Learn to control my emotions. It’s not like I have uncontrolled anger and need anger management classes, but certain emotions are destructive in all circumstances. Gaining control over my feelings will allow me to continue to keep a level head and think more rationally, even during emotionally charged situations.
- Volunteer. I want to do good for myself, but I also want to do good for others in the upcoming year. The times that I have volunteered, or donated, gave me a sense of purpose, made life a little more meaningful, and made me happy.
Now that I’ve listed a few things I’ve accomplished this year and a few things I’d like to tackle this coming year, I want to continue the trend of making lists. This next one is going to be one that I jot down on paper and keep to myself though. Feel free to join in and do it too. Again, these are ideas I’ve followed from one of my favorite bloggers, Julia Engel, of Gal Meets Glam.
I’m writing down the names of five people (or as many as you like) who were my best supporters during my hardest and happiest times this year. My plan is to send them a note of appreciation to thank them and remind them of what their actions and presence has meant to me. These are the people who have contributed to my own personal growth.
The last thing I’d like to do is scroll through the photos on my iPhone and find five pictures that make me happiest when thinking about that memory. That is going to be hard to do and take quite a bit of time, considering how many thousands of photos of Gia are in my phone. I’ll be honest, I’m going to save the scrolling for another day. It will likely be long after Gia has gone to bed for the night – that’s when I do most of my scrolling anyway!
I hope that in 2018 my thoughts become actions. The act of doing is contagious and with that, accomplishments can come closer each day. I can’t expect all of my goals for 2018 to happen in January, but with lots of hard work, a little faith and some action, I’ll get them done.
Happy New Year to all!