Here’s To A New Year

Have a New Year’s Resolution? Ready for a New Year, New You?

 Whatever it is, you got this!

2018 was a good year, but it can be topped. We celebrated our daughters first birthday and our sons fifth. We went on an amazing family vacation, celebrated our second wedding anniversary, and updated our home. Let’s just say buying a new oven topped the list for me. Oh, the little things.

But for 2019, I’m coming in full force. I want to make it a successful year and I want to look back 365 days from now feeling fulfilled. You would think that 365 days is such a long time to carry out your resolutions, but it’s not. It goes by so quickly, in a blink of an eye. So, make the best of it.

While I do have three goals going in the new year, my mindset about carrying out these goals will be completely different. Things won’t always go as planned. Mistakes will be made, lessons will be learned, tears will be shed. Things will be broken that can’t get fixed. There will be fights and battles. You’ll feel like giving up at times and feel like the world is against you. But, positivity can go a long way and always remember you grow through what you go through and come out stronger than ever.

With that being said, here’s my three…

I want to visit places. I want to get away from Central Pennsylvania at times and explore. To start 2019 off right, we’re visiting Boston the first weekend in January. It was a last minute, spontaneous trip that I am so excited for. I also want to visit wineries, all over. If you already didn’t guess, I’m quite the wine drinker. I love wine tasting and exploring different flavors and makes. It can be day trips or weekend trips, but this mama is doing it.

Organizing is going to be a big priority this year for me. We have a nice size home, but not large enough for the number of toys these children have. 2018 ended with toys thrown in random bins, missing pieces to everything, and broken toys taking up space. That’s no longer the case. I’ve spend these past few weeks throwing away the old and bringing in the new. I’ve hung up an adorable dry erase calendar, to do list board, and mail holder. With t-ball, soccer, gymnastics and more on the agenda this year, a planner and calendar are a must in this household.

Remodeling the home is going to be the biggest project this year. We’ve recently bought new kitchen appliances and are installing a new kitchen floor as I type this. I’ve bought all new home décor and I can’t wait to get rid of these ugly yellow walls. We are painting the entire bottom floor of our home. We’re also hoping to install all new hardwood floors. Let’s just say, I’m ready for the change. It’ll be a long stressful process but so worth it.

New Year, New Home!

With those being the top on my list, of course I’ll stick to the basics too. Going places with my kids, keeping up with my exercising and eating healthy, getting outside more, having date nights. Those are a given and will be happening throughout the year. I’m not really the person to set resolutions, but I like to have a positive mindset going into the new year. If these ideas don’t get accomplished, so what. That doesn’t mean my year will be unsuccessful or that I can’t continue to push towards these goals for another year.

Happiness is most important. Positivity and kindness can go a long way.

I hope everyone has an amazing New Year.

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Keep That Holiday Cheer All Season Long; Less Stressed

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Maybe it’s just me (I doubt it), but stress during the holiday season is inevitable. There is so much you want to do in just a few short weeks. Decorate the house, cut down a tree, visit Santa, see Christmas lights. Trying to fit everything in can make you feel overwhelmed and sometimes we lose sight of the really meaning of the holidays.

This holiday season, I really want to slow it all down and soak up all the memories I create with my family so I’m trying to kick the stress out the door.

Here’s how:

Start Early. Who cares if you have your tree up before Thanksgiving, or your house is decorated right after Halloween. That just gives you more time to enjoy the holiday season before you take everything back down and get ready for spring. Decorating early means more time do the fun things, like drive around and see Christmas lights or snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

I’ve realized that decorating early diminishes the stress of trying to quickly get everything up the weekend after Thanksgiving. I’d rather spend that time with my family.

Keep A List. My planner goes everywhere with me. Whatever I want to do during the holiday season, I write it on my calendar, so I don’t forget or overbook.

I also make sure to keep a list of everything my children see on TV that they want Santa to bring (so I can tell him of course!). List help me remember ever, because I am the queen of forgetting and stressing over how to fit everything in.

Rest Up & Pace Yourself. Nobody wants a Grouchy Grinch during the holidays. Make sure you get your rest. Don’t stay up until the crack of dawn wrapping presents. Take one or two, wrap those and do more the next night, hence the pace yourself.

Sleep is crucial for lowering stress, even when it’s not the holidays, so imagine not getting enough sleep this time of year.

Care A Little Less. Who cares if your gift wrapping doesn’t look perfect, the get ripped open anyway. Who cares if your decorating is not as good as your neighbors, you decided to spend that time with family. Who cares if your ornaments don’t match on the tree, your kids helped decorate it.

Just because something isn’t the way you expected it to be at first, who cares! The joy and happiness will still be there.

Your Family Photo’s Don’t Need To Be Perfect. I’ve learned to be real with my photos. There’s about a 13% chance that I’m going to get my children to smile together in a photo, and probably a 2% chance that my daughter won’t cry on Santa’s lap.

Let’s be real, if I was only 2 I’d think a big man with a white beard and a red suit was scary too. I’m not going to get myself worked up because the photos weren’t ‘picture perfect’. I’ll just laugh it off and hope for the best next year.

Gift Cards Aren’t A Bad Gift. I remember always saying that I hated giving gift cards as a gift because they won’t be as fun to open. I would stress trying to find the ‘perfect gift’ for every person I bought for.

But in all reality, gift cards are the perfect gift. You can use that little card to pick out your own perfect gift after the holidays and be happy as can be. Now-a-days, that’s what I’d prefer to receive.

 

Enjoy your holiday season!

 

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