I am not much into resolutions for the New Year. I’m not great at long term planning, not because I’m a flake, but because I get so busy and distracted and life just changes! I’m quick to adapt, and don’t mind.
I want to share a few of my goals for 2017, and I’m love to hear what yours are.
My Goals for 2017
I want to be more patient.
People tell me all the time how patient I must be with 5 kids. I always laugh at that. Nope, I’m not that “whispering mother” type at all. I have 5 kids. For those of you with less, think about that and how that must be in daily life. For those of you with more kids, congratulations on your blessings and I hope you have figured out the patience thing better than I have! I’m usually totally spent at the end of the day, after dealing with all the kids, so my patience level for my husband is pretty low too. That’s not fair to him. I have to get better in this area.
I want to have more me time.
I think this one is a goal every year. Sometimes I get really good at pampering myself and taking care of my own needs. Then life takes over, I get busy, my kids and husband need more, or my blog or massage business need more, and I’m back at square one. I need to prioritize myself. Through trial and error, I’ve found that simply having an hour or two away from the house isn’t going to cut it. Just taking a long soak in the tub isn’t going to be a long term solution either. I need a vacation, and I’m not talking one night. My 15 year anniversary is coming up, so maybe I can carve out some time with my husband.
I want to spend more quality time with my husband.
I work some nights and almost every weekend. I homeschool all day long and feel haggard at the end of my day. He deserves more quality time with me, but also deserves the nice version of me. We have been together over 15 years, and our 15th wedding anniversary will be in April of 2017. We need to figure out a good balance between scheduled dates and impromptu opportunities to hang out.
I want to make sure my business ventures are worth it.
This one will honestly probably be the hardest. I work on this blog as a business. I do massage therapy part time as a business. I need to take a good, hard look at the time I’m spending with both businesses and find out how to work smarter. I also need to make sure that if I need to walk away from certain aspects, that I can have the discernment to make that call and follow through. I want my “extra” time to go to my family, and if certain business decisions aren’t worth it or aren’t on the cusp of being worth it, then they’re probably best to say Bye Bye to.
I want to create great memories with my kids.
We had a lot of fun in 2016. They all loved their New Braunfels vacation, and getting to explore San Antonio and Austin, too. It was, by far, our best family vacation. I would love to have another great family vacation in 2017. I’d also like to make memories in other ways. My older kids have expressed interest in learning how to cook, so I want to make an effort to have them help me in the kitchen more. I want to do meaningful outings with them, and play more board games and imaginative play here at home.
What are your goals for 2017?
I think all of mine are good starting points. Do I expect to have them all mastered by the end of the year? Yeah, right! I do, however, think that it’s important to write it down so that you know exactly what you’re working toward. Everyone has to start somewhere!