It’s the first day of 2016 and I wanted to say THANK YOU for reading my blog and hanging out with me! I have been on a bit of a hiatus for the last two weeks of 2015. I was in vacation mode (we took a Disney Cruise) and then got back from vacation and I decided to step away from the computer & social media a bit and just hang out with my kids and not do anything.
I know a lot of people view January 1st as a “fresh start”. This is the first day of a new year and a time to start over. Everyone gets a chance to make the new year better than the last. For me the way I see it, the issues that troubled me yesterday, the things that made me happy yesterday, the family I love are still here today. However, it’s how I choose to approach everything that comes my way this new year is what really changes.
Today is the start of a new year and I have a new perspective on how I want to do things. I don’t expect to be perfect in the new year and some of the things I want to change or improve upon might not be completely done but at least I can say they are a work in progress.
Here are the top 10 things I want improve upon this year –
- Be present. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in school and blogging that I forget to spend time with my family. I need to learn to put the cell phone down, step away from the computer and be with my family during “family time”.
- Spend more time playing. The kids will only be little for so long and before I know it, they will be grumpy teenagers who spend all their time in their room. I want to play more.
- Stress less. I worry about everything! And you know what? There are some things you just can’t stress about. Things happen and you can’t change that. Why worry about something you have no control over? So I won’t!
- Stop comparing my “book” to every one else. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what appears to be perfection in someone else that I forget to write my own chapters. I need to step back and look at the perfection in front of me. I may not have what everyone else has, but I have what I need: a great little family that I love!
- Have more Patience. I forget a lot of the time that my little ones are not as “big” as they think they are or as big as I would like them to be at times. I need to be more like Elsa and “let it go”.
- Practice Filtering. This is a HUGE one for me. Sometimes I let what I’m thinking come out and I really should think things through before I say them. I know my children will appreciate this during Football Season 🙂
- Always give extra hugs. My kids always ask for extra hugs or kisses at bedtime and sometimes mommy just wants to sit down and relax. Extra hugs are important. They won’t ask for them in a few years so I need to get in all the hugs I can before they stop asking for them!
- Be more organized. As a mom, a student and a blogger you would think that I am hyper organized. NOPE! I have piles of paper scattered around and I know what they are but to everyone else, it looks like chaos! I need to get a better handle on my organizational skills!
- Get a better handle on Finances. This can bum me out more than anything. I hate math and I hate paying bills. Mainly because I hate looking at our bank account afterwards. This year I want to make sure that we only spend on what we NEED and not on what we WANT. Trust me, I really WANT to go to Disneyworld again but I don’t NEED to go. Sigh!
- Pray more. I think this is pretty self explanatory. Sometimes I find that I don’t give thanks enough for that I have or for what I don’t have.
So there you have it! My personal goals to accomplish not just this new year but in general. Now, if you don’t mind, I will step away from my computer and go spend time eating Black-eye peas to ring in the new year with my family and I’m going to watch some college football.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!