While most people are setting lofty New Year’s resolutions, I’m aiming to do less, not more, for the new year. The only big goals I’m setting for 2016 are my financial goals. The rest of my goals are simple.
They are simple because I’m finally realizing that this time in my life is fleeting. My kids won’t be young forever. They don’t care if the garage is organized or if dinner was made from scratch. What they really want and need is my attention. Robert will be going to preschool in the fall, and just like that, life will be a lot busier.
So for 2016, I’m aiming to do less, and enjoy the simplicity of having both kids home with me. I want to be more present and less busy. Not just with my kids, but with my husband too.
I’ve recently read a few books by Liane Moriarty, author of What Alice Forgot. Her books always have strong mom characters in their 30’s or 40’s who thrive on being busy. Reading about these characters and the trivial things that busy their days has made me want to press pause on my own life.
I’ll admit that I’m the type of person who feels important when I’m busy. I get bored very easily. I love adding things to my plate to keep myself busy. It’s got to stop for a little bit. I don’t want to be busy anymore. I want to slow down and enjoy every moment I have with my family and friends.
So, no big fitness goals or lofty professional goals. I’ll probably still aim to do some organizational or DIY project each month. I’m still setting professional goals for this blog. But my main resolution is to be present, to enjoy each moment. I don’t know exactly what it will look like day to day. It may mean posting less often. It definitely means having my cell phone out less. Ultimately, it means not taking each second fore granted. Here’s my official list of resolutions.
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Personal– make “me-time” every day
Family– Be present
Financial– Tom and I have 5 big financial goals for 2016. Read them here.
Professional– New blog theme (already purchased!) and double all social media followers (currently I have 2,479 Facebook followers, 2,488 Instagram followers, 4,994 Twitter followers, and 1,492 Pinterest followers)
Social– Scale back in order to put family first. Sometimes I get too excited about community involvement. It’s okay to do less here. I’m going to finish out my current obligations and say no to future ones. This doesn’t mean scaling back on girls night out! I still need that social aspect in my life.
I know this is cheesy! Sometimes I have these crazy cheesy thoughts and need to write them down to remind future Hannah to chill the eff out. Obviously, I’m waiting for the new year to implement this because I’m writing this as Jackson plays in the play room by himself. He needs to learn how to play independently, right?
I realize that there should be balance to slowing down and being present. It doesn’t mean that I have to entertain my kids and enjoy them every second of the day. I’m mean really, who actually enjoys cleaning poop off of a toddler who decides not to be potty trained anymore? But it does mean that I need to remember to put my loved ones first, and my trivial agenda second. Unless you count making a dentist appointment. I desperately need to do that. I’ll add that to my New Year’s resolution list too.
What are your resolutions for 2016?