06 January 2014

Things I want to do differently this year

I know I said I don't usually make "resolutions", but I guess I kinda lied. This is sort of an extension of this post where I talk about my Word for 2014, which is "improve." I guess I wasn't done talking about it. ha ha. And because I'm somewhat of a list-maker, you all get to see the things I wanna do in 2014 to make it more awesome than last year!

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.

7. Relax.
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.


26 comments:

Rachel said...

My strategy for encouraging myself to cook homemade dinners every day is to make foods that I LOVE to eat. I love a certain broccoli soup that I make...I prefer my own fried rice to any other fried rice I've ever tasted...I really like the way I make my pot roast and gravy and grilled chicken breasts and my chili is awesome. On the other hand, I really don't like spaghetti and lasagna...so even though I can make a lasagna, I rarely do, because I need the motivation of actually wanting to eat what I cook if I'm putting all that work into it!

lindsaydaile said...

I especially like the let kids explore more, and relax. I feel like I would benefit from not being so high strung about things that don't actually matter!

Rachel said...

I definitely need to relax more!! I would like a house cleaner to come in some, since I just do not have time.

Laura @ The Everyday Joys said...

#2. That is so hard for me, so, I'm exploring how to balance, too, this year.

Daina Ankrum said...

I have a cooking goal this year as well- to try five new recipes from my cookbooks. I NEVER make meals at home. I love to bake, but am otherwise a mess in the kitchen. We will see how it goes this year!

ADSchill said...

Good post. I need to figure out what I need to get done or work on this year. The food things is huge and so is letting C explore. The family thing I can help with! :)

Carly said...

I find it so hard to write from home as well. This year I'm focusing on being more intentional, both as a mother and writer. This might require an occasional babysitter, so I can focus on writing without neglecting my daughter. Great post.
Carly
http://creating-mom.com

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jen said...

i am with you all the way on the cooking thing. there have been various points over the last two years when i have declared a month of no cooking and we eat eggs, cereal, whatever for dinner. fortunately, my husband is on board with that. i aim for 2-3 dinners a week, any more than that and we end up with too much leftover that goes to waste. but i hate it. the crockpot is your friend though...

also, i so love your blog.

Rebecca said...

Love this! These are extremely attainable goals!!! You're doing a great job with it all!

Jodi said...

If/when I'm ever married w/ children I will have a cleaner for my house. It is something I hate to do and I would much rather spend time w/ my family then clean. Good for you for making this a goal. You work hard and you deserve to have someone do this! Good goals. Hope they work out. . . I want a new job (same goal as last year since I never found one)! :)

Kiara Buechler said...

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Robyn Petrik said...

Sounds like this list of goals will bring you a lot more balance in 2014, good luck!!

Fran said...

This are such good goals. I'm still struggling with the family/work balance, I can't imagine how much harder it would be with little ones around!

Chloe West said...

These are all such great things to improve on! Good luck!

Julia Anderson said...

Totally unrelated to the post, but my mom got Myles that sleepy time Elmo for Christmas and he is so obsessed! Sleeps with it every night! Looks like Easton feels the same :)

Laura Railing said...

I hear you on the not wanting to put the time in! Crockpots are a huge time-saver there! And, if you get crockpot liners (same place as the plastic bag aisle), it is even easier! Seriously my new go-to! Otherwise I am so lazy with dinners! I make what is easy! I've been known to stock up on way too many pizzas (especially being prego now!)

Tara said...

These are such great goals! I love them! One of my goals is to be outside more too!

Tara said...

well that comment I made just totally made it sound like it was the only thing that was the same with my goals, but so not true, but that one really hits home with me, because this winter ( I live in MN) I have yet to be outside with my daughter!

Adrienne at La Vita e Bella said...

Great goals Mandy! Letting children explore is such a great thing! A bit scary but great in the long run!

jessica | piganddac said...

Love these, I have several of these as my intentions as well, like more family time, taking care of myself more, making dinner more often, letting the kids explore without so much hovering, a cleaner to help out with deep cleaning every now and then....okay so like, your entire list haha! I like the way you think :)

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

I love your list and I hope you accomplish all of it this year! I made a list of goals & a few of these are on mine too! :)

Kate {Raising the Rogers} said...

I love your list, very relate-able.

I find myself retreating to do office or bedroom when my husband gets home as well to study so that I can get my real estate license and go back to work now that we are all settled in. It sucks because I haven't seen him all day but trying to work/study is so hard when the kids are awake. Even writing this comment my two year old is at my feet screaming at me!

Amanda Jillian B said...

Sounds awesome! My list sounds a little like yours =)

Leah D said...

Love all of these!!

BeautyStyleGrowth said...

Great goals and sorta similar to mine. The house cleaning one, I acted upon and I felt so so so good when the cleaning lady did her first cleaning. I will definitely spend that money
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