This year will be different since we will be welcoming a new baby mid-year and with that brings a lot of changes and the need for flexibility as we all adjust to the wonderful chaos of a baby.
That does not mean that I won't set goals for the year, they will just be different and more realistic to our current situation. I likely won't be running much but I will be focussing on my family and self-care as we all embark on this new year.
1) Read more books. I loved Brie's virtual book club from last year so I look forward to reading more books with her as well as some personal development books. Since I am being realistic here, I hope to read 12 books in 2017- one per month.
2) Less screen time. I need to turn off all screens by 10pm at the latest on my work nights and even try to keep that up on the non-work nights.
3) Go to bed by 10:30 on my work nights. By 11pm at the latest the rest of the time.
4) Stay in better contact with my friends and family. Schedule monthly family dinners again, and invite more friends over for dinner (helps that my hubby loves to host).
My current work-life balance is excellent with me only working 3 days a week. I love my time in the office, collaborating with co-workers and having some me-time. Working part-time makes me a better mom, and leaves me more fulfilled. I am grateful for this balance.
My Rodan + Fields business has been growing at a steady pace. While I would love to devote more time to it this year, I am mindful of the changes that will be coming my way so I will be patient with myself and accept that I can't do it all yet. What I've been able to accomplish with the part-time hours I devote to my business is satisfying and I love that I can pursue this passion when my time allows.
My goals for R+F for 2017:
1) Continue to grow at a steady pace- both with customers and team members.
2) Continue to remind myself: "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good" Learning is part of the process and doing will make it easier.
3) Love what you do and share with others. Simple as that.
1) I would love to re-do the layout and design of my blog. If time permits, I would like this to happen in 2017.
2) To be honest, I write this blog for myself. The people that I have met through blogging have been amazing and I cherish those relationships. However, blogging is just a hobby for me so I won't allow it to stress me out too much if I don't post regularly.
3) I really need to figure out a better way to post photos which mostly means figuring out a better way of managing my photos on my computer/icloud. This is a big goal this year for me since I don't use the dSLR as much because it's so hard to find and edit the photos after I download them.
1) Workouts will be less running focussed this year and more about just moving! My hope for the next 5 months is to 'move' at least 3-4x a week- whether it's a beachbody workout, a long walk, or yoga. I will make a monthly calendar for myself to put on the wall to keep track of my 'workouts'.
2) I will accept my changing body, knowing that it is doing an amazing thing growing a baby. I've already gained more weight with this pregnancy at this point but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I know I will be able to get back into shape once the baby is here and for now I need to listen to my body.
3) Don't use pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I want, especially now that I have the all-day sickness under control. I will make better food choices, reduce my sugar intake and eat more colourful foods.
I will participate in weekly meal planning- lunches as well.
4) Increase my water intake to 2L per day. Pre-fill water bottles at the beginning of the day so that they are readily available. Choose water over other drinks.
Most of all, my goal this year is to embrace the changes and not be hard on myself or other family members. My priorities will shift and it will be a struggle to temporarily give up some things that I enjoy doing (like blogging, socializing, racing, etc) but remember that that is not forever.. Babies are not little forever so I will soak up all of the needy, dependent stage that I can.