How do you feel about new years resolutions? Do you make resolutions at the beginning of the year? Do you find yourself just a few months into it and you didn’t stick to anything?
That’s me! I can’t tell you how many years I’ve said “New year, new me!”, “I’m going to start working out and keep it up”, or “I’m going to eat better this year.” I can honestly say that I have never made a new years resolution that has stuck throughout the entire year. I read an article that said 8% of people actually keep their New Years Resolution. That should tell you something about resolutions. So this year I decided to set realistic goals for the year and write them down. But then I decided to take the rest, what would normally be considered a new years resolution and take it month by month.
For example, instead of saying in January I’m going to have me time, I sit down at the beginning of the month to decide what I want for my me time to look like, and schedule it right then or mark it in the calendar to happen. Another thing I want to do is slowly continue to do little updates on our house. So for the month of January I wrote down 1 thing that I want to do in the house that month. Small or big, but only 1 thing. Then I thought about where Nathan and I dream to be financially, So I have it set on a monthly plan; how much we want to put into savings in the month of January.
I want this to be a great, healthy and successful year for me individually and for my family. So I want to be realistic in setting these plans and goals for myself. I want to not only make big plans for the first of the year but things that will stick for the entire year.
Something that has been helpful with this is my 2018 planner. At the beginning of every month there is a spot for your monthly mission board.
- Me time
- Be Social
- Dream Big
- Blank: God Time
- Blank: Volunteering
So at the beginning of every month I am filling in those spots with my monthly goals. I have chosen to use my blank spaces for God time and Volunteering. This mission board is really going to help me think through what I want to do each month, to be more intentional and hopefully help me grow every year. Not a goal planned out for the entire year that I more than likely wont stick to. If you feel like a monthly mission board would also be helpful for you, I’ve created a print out that you can print, fill out and look at every month. There is power in writing it down and looking at it every day!
Your Own Monthly Mission Board or if you want to pick up your own monthly planner you get can it here.
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I will count this Thanksgiving as our first, Titus’s first real thanksgiving. Last year we spent Wednesday-Sunday stuck in the house, all sick with fevers and couldn’t go anywhere. My mom quickly dropped off food at the front door but that was it. No family, no pictures, no left overs, and no sitting around the table eating together. So this year that all happened. So I will say that it was our first Thanksgiving as a family of three.
Nathan, Titus and I have 3 families that we get to spend our holidays with and sometimes that can be stressful. But all I kept thinking about this year was how that really just means that we have 3 times the amount of people loving, supporting and encouraging us regularly. We have a big blended family that would do anything they could for us and love spending as much time as they can with us.
(Not pictured, his awesome Papa)
I have an amazing set of friends that not just love me, but love my family. I am blessed enough that I have friends that always have my back, are willing to call out my crap and who push me to be a better friend and mom. Whenever I need someone to cry to or laugh with they are there. And as much as I know they love me, they also love Titus.
(Lots of friends not pictured)
And I am beyond thankful and bless that I get to be this little boys mama. He brings more joy to my life than I ever though possible. I always knew that I wanted to be a mom, but being a mom has forever changed me. He keeps us on our toes and he always has us laughing. I love spending my days watching him learn and grow. I am so lucky to be his mom.
I can’t even begin to tell you how thankful I am for Nathan. The man that I get to do this crazy life with as my partner. He encourages me to follow my passions, supports and allows for me to stay at home with Titus and continues to show Titus what a loving father and husband look like on a daily basis. He handles my countless mood swings with grace and always knows how to make me laugh. Even though there will be time when things aren’t perfect and when times get hard I know that I am so blessed to have this guy by my side.
And I am also so thankful for all of you! Thank you for supporting my writing and also encouraging me! I have so much to be thankful for this year. I hope you all had a great thanksgiving too!
So its been almost 6 months since I wrote last. Life continues to change, time flies by and life gets busier. I don’t know how that is possible. But life is good. Our sweet boy is almost 11 months old, he loves to clap, gives kisses and has the biggest personality. He is happy 95% of the time, laughs at us but finds his cousins hilarious and sleeps like a champ. This mama feels like she sleeps more now that she has a kid than before… I know, I know thats something I should keep quiet about! He isn’t crawling yet, but he is a big boy. He is a whooping 25 lbs! Yes, I typed that correctly. My 10 month old is 25 lbs! I get the best arm workout of my life on a daily basis. He just recently started doing planks, lots of moms tell me crawling is just around the corner.
My husband is working a ton so that we can have the life that he has always imagined for all of us. There are days that he works from 8am-8pm and Titus and I get brief hugs and kisses. But we are willing to do this so that he can pursue his dreams while he also makes it possible for me to stay home. You should check out his website. He is incredibly talented and makes some pretty epic arrangements. www.beyondtheguitar.com
And I spend my days taking care of our boy, taking care of Nathan and taking care of the house. Whoever said stay at home moms have it easy has obviously never been a stay at home mom. But I love it and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love that everyday I get to wake up with Titus, watch him grow and don’t miss a thing. I also love that I can to be at home keeping our lives and house together while my husband pursues his dreams.
So thats a little update on us. I promise no more 6 months breaks from writing. A lot has been happening and I have a lot to tell you. So stay posted!