Is it too early to start making a to-do list for 2017? I mean technically we’re still in October, but then annoying people on Facebook and my local Checkers keep reminding me that there’s less than 8 Mondays till Christmas (or something like that) and I have a minor freak out moment that I haven’t given a single thought to presents this year, and also that I am due back at work on the 3rd of January bright eyed and busy tailed!
And breathe. Let’s keep the forthcoming Yuletide spirit going, right?
So, next year looks different to every other year for me: firstly, I will be a working mom of two boys for the first time (so juggling far more balls), secondly I will be enjoying a full year at my new job which I started this year in May, and thirdly, I will be over my pregnant stage of life and hopefully aiming at improving The Body in the future.
I will also be heading further into my 30s where the magic happens! While the carefree days of my mid-20s are remembered fondly, I’m so happy and excited to be where I am right now. I am #adulting.
Before I ramble on any further, here are my loosely outlined aims / goals / to-dos for 2017:
I have two small kids, one still breastfeeding and the other easing into playschool – so making sure we can all get out the door in the morning is pretty critical. NIGHT BEFORE? Lunches, bottles, spare clothes and my sanity.
This also relates to scheduling. Prepping meals well in advance, carving out some time to exercise (my dream), managing the nanny / granny / school / pick up / drop off schedule, highlighting my kitchen calendar to death.
While we eat fairly well, there’s a lot to improve on. Ed and I have successfully done the Whole30 a couple of times and it really kickstarts your body into feeling a million times better. My goal is to eradicate unnecessary carbs and sugar, and focus on whole, fresh foods. Also, healthy snacks!
In addition – getting my post-partum bod back into shape – whether this is pilates on my lounge floor at night once the kids have gone to sleep, 5am or lunchtime weekday gym classes, or a Saturday morning run, this.has.got.to.happen.
Time with Ed, time with my boys, time with my family. All incredibly important, and relates to being organised for sure, but it’s also about being intentional about time. That means putting the Candy Crush away and turning off the TV.
Also, for me, this is about being intentional about spending time with God. A healthy spiritual life makes all of the above easier, more achievable and less stressful because He is right alongside me during it all.
And there you have it. Oh, and here would be a couple of small-scale specifics:
- Enter and compete in a race (running, cycling, whichever)
- Play netball
- Get proper recycling bins and a compost heap
- Plant a tree or two in the garden
- Go on a couple of rad family holidays
- Redo our bathroom
- Find a new series to love (books)
- Cook more and bake more
- Love my blog <3
- Write and journal
- Draw and paint (with an easel, not on a wall!)
- Be intentional about cultivating community
This will probably grow to include: start buying wine again.
Any dreams, goals or to-dos for next year anyone?