Happy New Year! It’s a New Year, a fresh start. I love this time of year. Having a few days to reflect after the holidays. To look at the pictures you took on your iPhone. To remember all the fun family moments you created. Or to simply be thankful you survived another season without harming yourself or anyone around you.
It does not matter if you put on an elf suit or a Grinch suit at the start of the holidays, either way you made it through and now it’s time, perhaps thankfully, to hang that suit up for another year.
As the holidays start to fade away, you are probably now focused on making it through the first full week of January. I think this is a tough week for most of us. Off the couch. Out of the sweat pants. Back to the office in work clothes that seem a bit tighter than before the holidays.
Being an adult is hard. Being an adult and going back to work after Christmas vacation is REALLY hard.
As someone that likes to focus on the positive…what I do love about this time of year is all the possibility it brings.
A fresh start. A clean slate. A new year full of new opportunities.
Personally, I have never been a big believer in resolutions. They seem so easy to set on January 1, but are usually forgotten by the end of the month. I also find most of us have the same resolution each year, I’m going to be lose weight. I’m going to get out of debt. I’m going to exercise. Often these generic resolutions lack real intention and a well thought out plan required to push thoughts into actions.
Although I don’t believe in resolutions, I do believe in setting goals for a few reasons:
We get into the routine of doing the same thing day in and day out. Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into years. Often change happens slowly over time and is hard to see. Setting clear goals which can be tracked, makes progress more apparent. When you can see the results, it is often easier to stick to the plan
When you set clear goals and put an action plan into place outlining how you are going to achieve these goals, the chances for success skyrocket. What’s more important than having a goal is having a plan in place to achieve that goal. Sharing that goal and plan with your friend, partner or even on your social channels will increase the likely hood that you follow through.
Do you get to the end of the year and look back and think, what did I do? Where did all the time go? What did I accomplish? Having clearly defined goals lets you not only track the change but celebrate the accomplishments.
With all this in mind I thought now would be a good time to write my first blog post and share one of my own goals for the year.
Here comes the hard part.
I’m not exactly sure why, but having my own little spot on the World Wide Web to share my views has always been intriguing to me. As a holistic nutritionist, I wanted to focus my blog on health and wellness. Sharing tips on how to be healthy, the latest health news and maybe even the occasional recipe.
Then when I found out I was going to be a mom, I thought, I could blog about holistic health and motherhood. The perfect combination.
However, I have found committing to my blog more difficult than expected. The reality is, I just don’t have a lot of time. But no one ever has enough time.
The reason I don’t have a lot of time is because I work full time I work 24/7 I work a lot. Some might think too much, but I love what I do. Being passionate about what you do means sacrifice. It means stress levels that are probably too high. It means sometimes not getting enough sleep. It means not always having the best work-life balance.
Taking a step back and thinking about the three things that I love; my son, my job and health, it seems natural that I would use my blog as a platform to share these passions.
Staying healthy as a working mom with a toddler is not easy. There are never enough hours in the day. But I manage to do it.
Don’t worry, I’m getting to the point.
This year my goal is to be a blogger. A real blogger. And I’m going to focus on my three passions; motherhood, working and health.
What you will find here during the next year is a weekly post on how I’m trying to balance mommy life, with work life while keeping myself and my family healthy and happy.
Set the goal to be “a real blogger.”
Committed to posting once a week and shared it here.
That’s how it’s done. It’s not easy. Well maybe it’s easy to type, but committing to it is a completely different beast.
Also, trying to label or define yourself is always hard, mostly because we are always changing. As I evolve this blog evolves with me. I’m looking forward to this next part, it’s a good fit for me. At least right now.
If you have ideas for post, topics you would like to cover or ideas you would like to share please leave a comment below.
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