As I’ve mentioned before, I’m generally not a fan of new year’s resolutions, I much prefer more tangible goals – so that’s what I did for last year. Before I move on to planning for a fabulous 2016, I should probably finish checking in on how last year turned out:
-Get over my preconceived notions about pregnancy blogging and blog about my pregnancy, my thoughts – the good, the bad, and the ugly. – CHECK.
-Edit the typos in my book and get the cover changed to say Amanda Sloan instead of Amanda Mortus. I’d love to say I’m going to overhaul the book – which I’ve been dreaming of – but I’m trying to be realistic 😉 – NOT SO MUCH.
-Prepare for Monkey, finish setting up the nursery – CHECK.
-Finish reading an entire novel (I’ve currently started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, so there’s hope) – CHECK.
-Have a baby. That’s pretty much my only goal (due date is the 24th). Not lose my mind waiting for her to be born. – CHECK.
-Shower weekly. Life with a newborn, y’all. – CHECK.
-Continue to write in my journal to my daughter AND write Anthony some good ole fashioned love notes. – CHECK.
-Baptize/confirm Monkey (Maronite Rite for the win!). – CHECK.
I’ll be honest: it is really hard to set goals much after April because I have no idea what life with a child will look like, much less how much sleep I’ll actually get.
-Blog about life with a baby and reflect on motherhood (ya know, with a baby on this side of the womb) – CHECK.
-Transition to Monkey staying home with Daddy (perks of being married to a teacher – built in summer daycare!) – CHECK.
-Blog about being a working mother (and don’t be so hard on myself) – CHECK.
-Take a family vacation – CHECK.
-Work on actually overhauling the book (and when I say overhaul I mean there are things I want to change/add now that I’m married and see how Satan’s lies get at the heart of married women too) – NOT SO MUCH.
-Transition Monkey into some sort of daycare/Mommy and Daddy are both working routine – CHECK.
-Not lose my mind. – CHECK.
-Set a bedtime routine for Monkey (and Mommy) and stick. to. it. – CHECK.
-Go to a concert. – CHECK.
-Despite returning to long days at work, I want to read another novel. I have a tendency to read only spiritual books (which is great, don’t get me wrong), but I want to read something just for fun, too. And not just baby books to my darling Monkey 😉 – CHECK (okay, I didn’t finish this until New Year’s Day, but I did it!)
-Help plan a women’s retreat. – CHECK.
-Go on said women’s retreat. – CHECK.
-Work out for at least 30 minutes at least twice a week. – CHECK.
-Keep working out for at least 30 minutes a day, hopefully three times a week. – CHECK. Depending on the weather 😉
-Begin working on that side book-related project I’ve been dreaming about (details to come!) – NOT SO MUCH.
-Take loads and loads of pictures of Monkey’s first Christmas. – CHECK.
-Live life and maybe blog about it (specifically the holidays and how having a baby changes my perspective on holiday traditions) – 1/2 Check (I lived life but didn’t blog about the holidays with a baby)
-Take at least a day and just relax. Family time. No chores, no bills, no social media. Disconnect from the digital world and reconnect to the world around me. – 1/2 Check. Took days to relax without chores, but never fully disconnected from the digital world.
To recap: I did pretty much everything…except the book stuff. It is a big time commitment and I need to break it down more.
And now…on to 2016!
January: Two nights a week, after Monkey is in bed, spend at least an hour editing/re-writing chapters of the book (continue this until the book is ready to go)
February: Go on at least one date night with Anthony <3. Consistently publish two blog posts a week.
March: Celebrate Monkey’s first birthday (even if it does fall on Good Friday)! Redesign the blog/format.
April: Finish reading another novel. Take a photography class – even a free one.
May: REPUBLISH BOOK UNDER MARRIED NAME. God willing, I’ll have it done by May 15th since that will be three years (!?!?!?) since it was originally published.
June: Read a spiritual book. Go on overnight trip (away from Monkey?) for our anniversary
July: Announce secret book-related project. Party big time for my baby brother’s wedding.
August: Survive the transition of Anthony going back to school. Take at least one small family road trip before he returns to work.
September: Pray about writing another book. (It is somewhere in my heart, I’m just not sure where…or what it will be about, but I need to spend some serious time discerning it)
October: Take a Mommy-Monkey day/road trip out of state. Adventure!
November: Start working on goals for 2017. Consistently write three blog posts a week, at least twice a month.
December: Establish/write down OUR family Christmas traditions, our goals for the Advent/Christmas seasons.
What are your goals for 2016?