Goodbye 2018 and Hello 2019!!

Today is the first day of the new year, a day that signifies a fresh slate in front of us. Well some of us. For others it is just a different date on the calendar but the same routine that consumes our day to day.

I fall somewhere in between. While I don’t set resolutions, I do solidify dreams into goals and attempt new ways to give myself a healthier mindset as I approach each day. 

Here are my goals for 2019 as well as a look back at my 2018 achievements and “growth opportunities” (as an old boss used to call them!):

2018

The Good

I am a mother of a little boy! While we knew this was going to happen at some point, we were taken by surprise at how quickly it transpired. One night we were a couple watching AGT and the next morning we were a family of 3. Crazy how life plays out!

My dad is now part of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. While I never had a chance to know him, it still meant a lot to me that his sacrifices for his country be recognized with this honor. After researching, requesting documentation and completing a lot of forms – he has officially been inducted! One of my dreams, which will turn into goal one year, is to visit the Hall of Honor in person.

Exercise has become a constant in my life. I fell out of touch with my health for a while and it was essential that I get it back. Thankfully I have found the right fit for me, Orange Theory, and it has been a game changer. I actually enjoy working up a sweat:)

I quit a job, and career path, I didn’t enjoy. I had been exploring this option for a long time but never felt as though it was the right time for a variety of reasons with money and benefits leading the pack. The impact it was having on me was so toxic that it couldn’t continue and I finally cut ties. It was 100% the right decision.

The Not So Good

I don’t enjoy being a SAHM and I can’t figure out how to “fix” it. While I do have a part time job, it is work from home, which is great in many aspects but not so much in others. I am a social person but feel trapped most days and I hate that feeling. Having one reliable car doesn’t help matters. I’m not sure if there is a solution or if I just have to suck it up.

Writing has taken a backseat. As a first time parent I came to the realization that all parents come to – being a parent is hard work! As an outsider, I thought how hard can it be? The baby eats, poops, plays and sleeps. I’ll just write when they sleep. Hahahaha!! There are so many other things that need to get done – paid work, cleaning, cooking – my love of writing has definitely taken a hit.

While exercising has been an integral part of my life, my eating has been less than stellar. Convenience has replaced healthy options and by the end of the day my body feels the effects.

It is a bit hard facing my shortcomings as I pride myself on organization, getting things done and my “no excuses, play like a champion” mentality. On the flip side, I’m recognizing and trying to improve which has to count for something right?!

Goals for 2019

Meal plan on the weekends. Since my husband has weekends off there is no reason not to map out the meals for the week, grocery shop and prep/cook as much as possible when my husband can take over the child rearing responsibilities. And yes, I realize he could do it but I really enjoy the planning and shopping!

Become a published author. I have a bit of a leg up on this one since a story I submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul has made it to the final selection round for their Grandparents edition due out to March. If my story makes it into the book this goal will be accomplished. If not, I am even more driven to have one of my stories published in 2019.

Run a sub 10-minute mile in a 5k. I am not a fast runner. My run could be classified as more of a rushed jog. A 10-minute mile is a real challenge for me but I believe it to be a doable challenge – we shall see!

Get involved with activities that will introduce me to moms in my neighborhood. This is multi-level – meet new people, get both myself, and my little one, out of the house and find new activities we both might enjoy. There is a mom book club starting up in January (for a little me time!) and a mommy and me swim class I might enroll our little one in, both steps in the right direction!

Set up a gratitude jar. When something happens we are grateful for, the goal is for my husband and I to write them down and put them in the gratitude jar. If we feel grateful for something, big or small, I want to be able to capture it. This is especially true for the times when life seems overwhelming, it is nice to have reminders of all the good we have in our lives. 

There they are, my 2019 goals, officially in writing. There is something about visually seeing the goals that makes them more concrete. Here’s to achieving all my 2019 goals and seeing what others pop up throughout the year!