Ready or Not, 2016, Here We Come!

My, oh my, how time has gotten away from me!  It has been a while since I’ve posted anything here.  :(  I greatly apologize for being absent for so long, but it doesn’t mean that projects weren’t getting done or that I forgot about you guys.  Finding balance between motherhood and making time for myself has been hard for this first time momma. Motherhood always seems to win.  Not that that’s a bad thing because I wouldn’t trade that job for anything in the world.  However, it does mean that I didn’t make much time for myself to do the things that I typically like to do in my spare time.

It seems my spare time these days comes down to a choice between chores, starting a new project, blogging, reading, or catching up on sleep.  Do you want to guess which one almost always wins?  Sleep. Raising tiny children is a full time job and at times, absolutely exhausting… But I love my little man to pieces and I feel so fortunate to get to spend each and every day at home with him.  {Thank you Danny for making that possible! XOXO}

Anyways, my purpose for finally checking in with you guys today was to review last year’s resolutions, see how I did on meeting them, and to set some new goals for the year 2016. What’s that you say?  We are already 3 days into 2016?!?!  Guess my first post of the New Year is a little late.  What’s a girl to do?  Better late than never.  ;)

Let’s look back to see what plans I had for the year 2015.

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Insert wide-eyed, eyebrows raised, red cheeked, flat mouthed emoji here.  You know, the one that’s thinking “Uh oh.” Looking over these goals, it would appear that I didn’t accomplish much in 2015.  While I did see one new place this past year in December (New York) and I definitely was the best mom I could’ve been to Baby D, I didn’t come anywhere close to accomplishing any of my other goals.  Ouch.  Looks like I’ve got some work to do in 2016!

On paper, it doesn’t look like I accomplished much in the year 2015. But I believe there’s more to it than meets the eye.  In 2015, I became a mom.  And that is a HUGE accomplishment if you ask me.  It taught me how to love unconditionally and how to sacrifice my own wants and needs for another’s.  It also tested and strengthened my marriage as my husband and I have to stand united in the decisions we make for our little one.  I also read a ton of information about child development, parenting, sleep, baby sign language, introducing solids, etc.  So, as you can see, it wasn’t like I was just sitting around doing nothing.  :)  I got the unexpected accomplished… the things I never could’ve foreseen a year ago when I sat down to think of what my goals should be for the new year.

This year, in 2016, I hope to be better at accomplishing the actual goals I set for myself. Again, I used Thirty Handmade Days‘ New Year’s Resolution page to think through and write down what I hope for in the year 2016.  Head on over to her page to get your own printable copy. Take a look at what I’m looking forward to in 2016:

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I chose the word integration because I feel like I have all of these different parts to my identity- mom, wife, blogger, photographer, teacher, traveler- however, I lost sight of a few of them this past year.  In 2016, I want to find a way to ensure that all pieces of me are working together and thriving.  I also need to get back to my Paleo lifestyle and add in some daily work outs to maintain a healthy body.  Finding ways to relax, traveling, staying true to myself, and continuing to work on my relationships will help maintain a healthy mind, spirit, and heart.  I am a lifelong learner and I want to share this passion for knowledge with others by volunteering my time as a babywearing educator for the Austin local chapter of BWI, by coaching teachers in classroom literacy professional development opportunities, and by tutoring young students in reading.  Last but not least, one of my big goals of 2016 is to relaunch my photography business that has just been sitting in limbo the past few years while I worked on my Masters.  Hopefully I will succeed!  :)

Well, it looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me as I’ve got big plans this year.  How about you?  What do you want to accomplish in the year 2016?  I’d love to hear it… Respond below in the comment section! Hope to see you back real soon.

Crafting a life homemade,

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