1. Spend more time with family.
This is a given, right?? Obviously I want to spend more time with my own family (the 4 of us together), but I also want to make more of an effort to see my other family members in the area!! I want the boys to spend lots of time with their cousins this year!
2. Find a better worklife balance.
This is hard because I work at home, and I can't work at all during the days when the kids are awake. So, I retreat to my office in the evening hours after my Husband gets home. Which makes it hard to accomplish #1 (spending more time as a family). Hoping I can find a good way to balance everything this year!
3. Cook more homemade meals.
Yah yah, I know... you've heard this before. But this is s lofty goal for me. It's such a small thing, but I haven't been shy about sharing my lack of motivation in the kitchen. Sure I like to bake and make yummy treats, but when it comes to dinners and things like that -- I suck. I am just not good at budgeting, planning, and I really really hate the clean up.
4. Carve in more time for myself.
This is hard to do, because I love being with my family. But, I've talked before about how important I think it is to refill our tanks by spending time either alone, or away from the house, sans kids. Aside from being a Wife & Mother, I am my own person, with hobbies & passions. I have friendships that need nurturing, and people I really miss. And heck, sometimes I just wanna get away from it all for an evening and go get a pedicure. So this year, I'm going to try be more intentional about doing these things, make more time for myself.
4. Hire a professional house cleaner... sometimes.
I don't think this will happen often, but I'd really like to have a professional come in and deep clean my house every few months. The things I never get around to doing like the oven, microwave, refrigerator, inside the cupboards... etc. I really think it will lighten the load and make things more manageable.
5. Go on more dates.
Since I've recently become more comfortable with hiring babysitters... this should be a bit easier to accomplish. My poor Husband and I hardly ever get time alone to do things we enjoy. So, I'm going to make it a point to plan out date nights, call the babysitter, and get them on the calendar!
6. Let the kids explore a little more.
There's something so special and exhilarating about letting a kid loose to explore. I think I actually did a decent job of it last year, but I had to be extra cautious since Easton was still really little and just barely walking when the spring/summer started. But now that he's older and isn't, you know, putting all the things in his mouth, I really wanna let loose and just take them out on adventures. Whether it be downtown, on the lake, in the woods, in the mountains... whatever!! I just want their minds to be blown with all of the beauty in this state.
This was my Word for 2013. But, in addition to my new word ("improve"), and all of these goals I just listed... I really want to continue the trend of being more relaxed with things. Life is so much more peaceful when I'm not running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to do way too much. I don't need that kind of pressure, it just stresses me out and that's not good for my family, right? So I'm going to make sure that I take things with stride, and try not to sweat the small stuff.