Welcome, 2019: My Goals for the New Year!

Happy New Year, my readers and friends! I hope your holidays were awesome! Today I thought I’d share with you my goals for the upcoming year. I mentioned last year that I don’t like making resolutions per se, but I’d rather call them “goals” or “experiments.” I feel like calling them something as concrete as “resolutions” makes me feel like crap when I can’t accomplish them. My goals this year are not as ambitious as others, but they’re definitely things I want to work on.

  1. Stick to routines. I’ve mentioned before that I FREAKING SUCK at following and sticking to a routine. I grew up with my dad being sick a lot, and plans were bound to change from one minute to the next. I could have my heart set on getting up early to work out, but my little dictator- I mean adorable daughter- has other plans and wakes herself up at the ass-crack of dawn. This year, I’ve made trackers in my bullet journal and I have each part of my routine as a checklist widget in my phone.
  1. Cut back carbs and be active at least 30 minutes per day. This is more than a weight loss goal for me. At the end of last year, I was put on new medications, one of them being a blood pressure pill. I was not happy about that, so I’m definitely going into 2019 being more concerned about my health than the size of my jeans.
  1. Make more art. Art was something I was never told I was good at. I love color, and I’ve been trying to make creating something pretty a regular habit. My husband bought me some awesome art supplies for Christmas and I’m looking forward to using them.
  1. Making little one more independent. I’m noticing lately that my toddler has had a major backslide in her willingness to be independent. When she was a little over a year old, she would wake up in the morning and start playing with her toys without coming to get me. Now she immediately comes to find me. She used to want to try to do things for herself that she just isn’t interested in anymore. She’s getting bigger now, and I feel like she is capable of doing these things, but she seems unwilling to try. Time for mama to get creative and “trick” her into doing some of those things again. Potty training is also on the table, because she’s stubborn as hell, but mama is sick of changing diapers. I’m about to tarp the apartment and let her run around bare-assed.
  1. “Homeschool” the little. No, I don’t mean worksheets and all that nonsense. I mean theming weeks and planning activities that go along with them. I believe in teachable moments, but I also think there are things that are important for kids to learn that they wouldn’t be introduced to until the situation arose (things like stranger danger, fire safety, etc.). This year I’m going to make a point of teaching her those important skills.

… and most importantly

6. SLOW DOWN and LET IT GO. I am a perfectionist, so this is definitely something I need to work on. I tend to think and do things very quickly. This year I’m trying something that requires patience and practice: art and handlettering. I’ve seen videos of people who do this stuff for a living, and I am in awe of how long it takes and how slow it goes. I have a hard time relating to something like that because I’m always rushing to get things done. Also, I have to learn how to let go of stupid mistakes. Something as tiny as a typo is likely to drive me nuts until it gets fixed. I recently made a spread in my bullet journal for healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas. I wrote healthy 3 times on the page, but the middle time, I forgot the freaking “T.” I’m determined to leave it that way, just to force myself to accept the error.

I swear, I know how to spell…

So friends, there are my goals for this New Year. What are yours? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and until next time…