2015 is going to be an amazing year, and I am really excited to turn over a new leaf! I am sure there are going to be many challenges, and we don’t have much on our calendar yet as far as travels or plans, but I am hopeful that this will be our best year yet! Things are a little fuzzy for our future after May, so I’m sure that will take some patience and trust in God for the next step!
When I wrote down my resolutions last week, I made four columns: Emotional, Spiritual, Relational, and Physical. I know that ideally, you’re only supposed to choose one or two resolutions because it’s impossible to stick to too many changes. I admit that I will probably fail at a few of these things, but I’m just hoping for progress on all of them. I want to set the bar high, and see where that takes me :)
Simplify and stay organized!
I’m someone who thrives off of clean spaces and good organization. I get overwhelmed almost every day when I walk into the kitchen and my counters are full. Similarly, I dislike when I wake up in the morning, and there are still toys scattered everywhere. I first need to simplify and get rid of the things that we don’t really need. Secondly, I am going to make a chores chart so that I can keep a cleaner and more visually-peaceful home.
Control my reactions.
I have never been an angry person in my life, but since having kids, I find that my temper is flaring more often than I’m proud of. I’ve been devouring books about this topic, and I am learning more positive ways to deal with these difficult moments.
Spend more time in the Word.
I have a lot of trouble putting this into practice. I know that we need to be reading scripture daily in order to grow in our faith, but for some reason, I will start to read, and I will fall off the wagon within a week. If you have a recommendation for a good reading-the-Bible-everyday book or program, feel free to leave me a comment! I absolutely love “Jesus Calling”, and I always have a Christian book on my nightstand, but I should really be focusing on some solid verses.
In order to be successful in any of these resolutions, I have to soak all of them in prayer. I can’t accomplish this all on my own. I really need God’s help to make any significant improvements to myself. If I am always talking to Him, if I am always asking for His guidance, I know that not only can I succeed, I will also be much happier and more grounded. I’m going to put some visual reminders around the house to remember all of the people on my prayer list.
Be intentional with friends. And make more playdates!
I have always been a girl who waits for an invitation. I am not the one who makes things happen. I’ve spent quite a few years expecting friends to call me and make plans, and I get disappointed when that doesn’t happen. So this year, I’m putting away my fear of rejection, and I am going to be the inviter. I hope to schedule at least one playdate a week in 2015!
Get down on the floor and play.
When I’m at home, I’m always bouncing from thing to thing. It’s rare for me to set everything aside and just play with the boys on the floor. I’m making a huge goal to PLAY more and be really focused on Nolan and Ephraim. Sort of related to that, I would like to start scheduling Nolan’s day. For those of you whose kids go to three-year-old preschool, what sorts of things do they do every day? (I have subbed in preschool before, but I’m forgetting now!)
Get showered (or just dressed) every morning.
Goodness, I feel like in order to tell you all of goals, I have to admit all of my weaknesses! I know that I’ve talked a lot of times about how as a stay-at-home mom, it feels so good to get dressed, even when you have no plans to go anywhere. There was one point last year when I announced that I was going to get dressed before 10 every day. Yeah, that didn’t last long. The reality is that once Steve goes to work, I can’t leave my two boys to go upstairs and shower. One will get into trouble, and the other will scream until I return (and also get into trouble). So there are definitely mornings where this isn’t possible. But I can at least grab them, bring them up to my room where I can watch them, and change out of my pajamas. I feel SO much better when I’ve put a little bit of effort into my appearance. I’m more productive, and it’s also way easier to leave the house if the opportunity arises. :)
Eat well, and exercise of course :)
This is last on my list because it’s not completely on my radar right now, but I know that I need to be getting my heart rate up a few times a week. Since January is our coldest month, I won’t be doing anything outside, but I can spend some time on our stationary bike, and vow to take more walks in the spring. As for eating well, I’m still breastfeeding, so we’re doing okay on calories. I’ve been buying as many natural, preservative-free foods as I can find. I do need to limit my sugar, because I’m one of those people who would rather snack all day on candy than eat real food. :)
I think that’s everything!
What about you? What are your resolutions for 2015?
Linking up with Andrea today! Can’t wait to peek at everyone else’s goals :)