>> Thursday, January 7, 2016
So, one of my big blogging goals for this year is to finally (FINALLY) get into regular vlogging. I’ve really gotten into watching vlogs over the last year or so, and I think it’s such a personal way to connect to other people. This morning I got all gussied up, filmed a 10-minute clip, and now YouTube won’t let me upload it.
While I deal with the technical difficulties, I thought I’d forge on with my post about a few other goals I have for this year.
* I also plan to start using my GOOD camera again. I had to get it fixed! So, no more recycled Instagram photos pretty soon. Promise.
#1: Family Dinner
I’ve brought up family dinner so many times. We struggle to make it work for a variety of reasons. Laziness. Poor meal planning. Fussy preschoolers. But the moment the clock struck midnight, I just knew I wanted this whole family dinner thing to happen.
Meal planning is one of the biggest hurdles, and we’ve got that covered so far. From there, it’s making sure everything is ready for meal time around 5:30 to 6. Thing is, that’s when I like to work out, so it’s taken some adjustment to get in my exercise earlier in the day. The early morning hours aren’t working out quite yet, but I have been consistently able to shift my schedule and move my freelancing around to make it work.
A few rules at our table?
- No phones, devices, or televisions in the background.
- Ada helps lay out the plates, utensils, and cups.
- Each person gets a turn to share something about the day.
- All food on the plate gets at least one “try” bite. (for Ada)
I don’t know how it will all work when Stephen’s coaching starts up again in the spring. But I think if we get into the habit the next couple months, it shouldn’t be too difficult to keep it up.
#2: Clearing Out
We began this major purge of belongings when we broke ground on our at-home gym (details on that project soon!). We have . . . just . . . so much stuff. I don’t know how it happened. I think moving into a large house is to blame. Not taking the time to really look at what we have before buying new. Not taking the time to repair and respect the things we already have. And just the general habit of emotional shopping. Clothing is my trigger.
So, we’re starting small. First, just going room by room and getting rid of the broken or trash things that we cannot salvage. Donating a few items that just don’t fit into our lifestyle. I’d also like to sell a few things we have in the garage that are in good condition. Once we find out the sex of the baby, I may (or may not!) be able to donate and sell a bundle of girl clothing. But we have a long way to go. I look forward to sharing more as we go.
We like having more space in this home, but it will get cramped when the baby arrives. Plus, it’s just nice to have room to move and breathe. Oh, and saving money by being more conscious of our STUFF buying habits will surely help.
#3: Slowing Down
I feel like these are the same goals I have each and every year. It doesn’t make them any less worthwhile, but it always reminds me of how far my mind can stray from the ideals in my life. We get so wrapped up in the everyday. We get so tired from going and going and going. I’m trying to take more time to sit back and really participate in what’s going on in the moment.
We usually speed home after Ada’s preschool class and rush into lunch with a television show. Then I usually run around the house picking up and cleaning what I can in a crazy tornado of energy before it’s nap time and work time. Today? We got home, I preheated the oven, and I slipped an apron on. Ada did, too. Then we baked Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies, boiled eggs, and mixed together dough to make Homemade Bagels.
In all, our activity took like an hour . . . but it was such good quality time. And definitely worth the crunch of cleaning the kitchen in 15 minutes versus a half hour or whatever I usually spend. Good start. Tomorrow I’m thinking art.
This is the first year in a long time (ever?) that I haven’t had some sweeping diet and exercise goal. Yes, it’s easy because I’m pregnant and stand to gain at least 25-30 pounds by June. But wow does it feel liberating. Instead, I’ve committed to moving my body 45 minutes a day. Lately I’ve been doing most of that on the treadmill because it’s cold and slick outdoors.
Today, for example, I walked 45 minutes on our treadmill while I caught up on the phone with a faraway friend. I also plan to do a quickie 15-20 minute Barre workout before dinner.
Food goals? I hope to continue to nourish my body with the good stuff . . . and my soul with the usual delights. This year is all about taking care of myself, my baby, and my family. I need the fuel, and I know that diet and weight goals can wait.
#5: Looking Ahead
I’m really happy with my freelance writing career. But I’d be lying if I told you I think I’m working as efficiently or well as I could. I do all my assignments on time, give them everything I have, and I really enjoy the places I write for. I also enjoy blogging. But I’d like to get more proactive about these activities. I think a lot has to do with my own endeavors, too. I have so many ideas and thoughts, but I just haven’t had the mental space to develop them beyond the
I’m moving most of my work up to my dedicated office so I can feel a true separation between work and home. That’s what I struggle with most in all of this. If I want, I can write from bed or on the couch. But that creates issues and makes me feel so much less organized. I want to feel totally on top of all things at all times. It will especially become important later in the year.
I’d also like to develop a plan for my personal writing. Last year I was published in a regional magazine, and it was one of my biggest 2015 highlights. Have I written for myself since? Nope. But I have essay ideas. Lots of them. I’d like to write and submit at least one or two pieces this year.
I’d love to hear what’s on your list this year!
And once I get that video published, I’ll share it with you! I already feel so refreshed being back and writing again. Thank you so much for reading and for all your awesome comments and feedback.
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