Monday, January 1, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello friends! 2018 is here; can you believe it? We didn't do much to celebrate last night, but I am proud to say that Matthew & I did actually stay awake for the ball drop. The thought of spending NYE on the couch in my jammies seemed boring AF when I was younger, but in this season of life—it was glorious. ;) 

Did any of you make resolutions? I don't always follow this tradition, but I did this time. I tried to pick a few things that I could apply to various aspects of my life to help support an actual change of habit. After reviewing my list, I realized that most things revolved around the idea of being more proactive & organized. So I decided on the theme, clean. Whether it's cleaning the clutter, cleaning up my act or clean eating, I'm all about it for 2018. Here are some examples:

Mail
I don't know about you, but I typically collect the mail, briefly look at the pile and then it sits on the counter/desk/table for daaaaaaayyys, (read: week + beyond).  It doesn't really work for me to pick one day to go through all of the mail, so I've decided to spend ten minutes every evening to sort & file. Sound boring? Sure, but the alternative is to ignore it, watch it pile up and then feel overwhelmed with where to begin. No bueno.

Toys
I'm sure that most parents can agree that toys can quickly spiral out of control. I have a plan in motion to sort through all toys that aren't age appropriate or no longer serve a purpose. Out they go! Over the last year or so, I've learned what toys my kids actually do gravitate toward and will use long-term, so I'll keep those. For Layla, it's kitchen-play and her babies. She also loves puzzles and art projects. Landon loves trains/planes/automobiles. He is in awe of his new train table that he received from Santa. (#nailedit) Both kids love books. They are also happiest being active/going outside/doing whatever it is we're doing. With this in mind, I hope to feel less interested in buying new toys. I tell myself, less toys, more memories.

Crafts & DIYS
A lot of you know that I'm no stranger to a fun afternoon craft project. I have a lot of supplies because I've had a lot of hobbies over the years. Now that I have less time to spend towards all the Pinterest projects, I know that I can confidently sort through my supplies and be realistic about what I will use in 2018. And I'm not going to feel guilty about it! I'm a mother of two with a part-time teaching job trying to run a household. If I can manage to work on something crafty once a month, I'll be happy with that.

Refrigerator Inventory
I need to keep better track of what we are buying and sticking into that icebox. I am always forgetting what we have and it's because I'm always winging it when it comes to meal planning. In fact, I haven't done any meal planning in months which is not beneficial to our family on so many levels. I've designated Thursdays to be our leftover/fridge clean-out day. 

Life Management
I don't work Monday mornings, so Sunday evenings are when I have time to write posts for my blog/plan out my week/review our calendar/meal plan. I seem to always think I prefer a lack of schedule because I don't want to get caught up in a mundane lifestyle where everything is planned out, but I think I would be happier & feel more productive with a bit more structure. It's as though I'm constantly fighting the boring, but as a result, I end up feeling frazzled and thinking—isn't there a better way? Can anyone relate? I'd like to avoid these feelings in 2018. 


If you're feeling the same as I am about 2018, I hope these ideas give you a little inspiration to prepare for your year ahead. I wish you all a Happy New Year filled with adventure & fun memories! 

XO,
Catherine
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