My Word for 2017

Happy New Year! I know I'm a few days late, but I really took the time to reflect on 2016 and think about my goal for the 2017. There are changes I want to make, and changes that I need to make in my life. Over the week or two I took thinking about the new year, one word kept coming to my mind. I thought about how I can apply it in my life, what areas need it, and I grew excited about the possibilities of personal growth. My word for the new year is consistency. And I will type and speak it boldly. Here are my plans to be more consistent in 2017:

In the home: Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a SAHM. I was fortunate to have my Mom home while growing up, and I knew I wanted that too. I think I'm a good Mom, but I know I'm not a great housekeeper. I let messes pile up, dishes sit, I fluff the laundry probably 4 times before I fold it. I have exhausted every excuse to myself to do it later, when really if I just tried to keep up with tasks daily, there probably wouldn't be so much to keep up on. I want to be more consistent in taking care of our home, especially in a timely manner.

Shopping/spending money: Like most girls, I love to shop. I grew up with a love for shopping. Over the years I have bought and consumed so many clothes and so much stuff. And I've started to learn that my Mom was right when she shared the phrase "the more you own, the more that owns you" with me. We don't live in a big house, it's perfect for our family, but I get so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we have. And I'll admit that I'm probably the core problem of it. We also have a lot of baby gear, and even though I'm overwhelmed, I find myself online shopping while I'm nursing Ro or can't sleep at night. My goal is to be more consistent in NOT shopping, so this is something I'm not necessarily adding to my life, but taking away. My goal is to continue to purge items in our home that are not needed and work my way around the entire house, every room/closet/cabinet/etc and getting rid of items that we just simply don't need. There's something so freeing about getting rid of things. When you start to own too much, it seems like the value of your items decrease. I want to have fewer things, so I can value what I do have more. I also think this coincides with taking care of our home too. The less stuff we have, the easier it should be to maintain. Sometimes I feel like all I do is pick up stuff. I don't think I'll be a complete minimalist by the end of the year, but I hope to continue to lead a more simple life.

Health/working out: I have never in my life worked out or ate healthy for more than one week at a time. When I was 16 or even 21, I still had a rocking body (thanks to my genes.. if you've seen my Mom you know this) but fast forward to age 27 and two babies later.. everything just looks different and even feels different. Before I didn't care enough to make any changes, but I'm hoping to this year. I'm not expecting a total body makeover, although that would be nice, but I'm hoping to be consistent in eating better and working out more often. If I can make subtle changes that stick, that's something for me to celebrate. I not only want to look good but I want to feel confident.

Blogging: My goal is to blog once a week, and to blog about topics that matter. It's okay if they don't matter to others, but I want them to matter to me. I want them to mean something. I want to blog about feelings, life changes, the community, my family, etc and not only focus on products and brands. I'm not saying I will stop featuring awesome products and shops, because I know I read reviews and look up blog reviews for products like a crazy person (it's kind of a hobby) but blogging is also a form of income for me and I do enjoy it, but besides sharing my favorite traveling accessories from 2016 or new teething toy, I want to also write about more than that.

Parenting: I've always said the hardest part about parenting is doing it with another person. I love my husband and the father he is, but we don't always see eye to eye and that can make things difficult. We try to meet halfway, hear each other out and support each other, and I want to be more intentional about how often I'm doing this. I want consistency in my parenting. The only thing consistent right now is the love I have for my children, that's something that will never change. But sometimes I believe in time outs and sometimes I don't, sometimes I yell, and sometimes I get mad when my husband yells. Parenting is a rocky roller coaster, and I want the ride to be a little smoother this year.

Marriage: This is an area that I should make a bigger priority, I know that sounds terrible, but my husband and I don't take the time for date nights too often. Sometimes days go by without having a good conversation because life is just busy. He works extremely hard and works often, so when he gets home he is ready to spend time with the girls and I'm ready to clean and work on house stuff (or just sit in silence for half an hour). Before you know it, it's bedtime and after that we are both exhausted. Something I was really happy and proud of in '16 was when we took the time to go to a marriage convention. One of the speakers made a great point that the kids are going to grow up, it's inevitable. They will grow up and we will learn to let go. What's going to be left? Years and years of precious memories and [hopefully] your spouse. I want mine there, I want him next to me after our daughters are grown and our house is empty. So if we want to keep that connection and bond strong for the sake of later, than we must invest our time in each other now, no matter how busy life is. No matter how tired we are, or how much we would rather just stay home with the girls, we need to be more consistent on date nights, good conversation, and continuing to grow and learn about each other when the world around us is in constant change.

What's your word for 2017? Whatever it is, or whatever your goals are, I hope it's a year filled with growth, peace, and happiness.

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