. . . for Lauren and Lauren: 2017 Goals

January 17, 2017

2017 Goals

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I'm pretty sure each year for the last many I've come up with a word for the year.  Honestly I have barely even thought about it for this year.  I have been feeling like I am not giving myself time or putting the energy into processing things or trying to think about what God is teaching me and I'd like to change that.  So maybe a word for the year will come, or I'll leave it with just some goals for the year . . . . 

Drink more water & work out a few times a week.  I am terrible at drinking water and I know that'd make a big difference in my headaches, how I feel and just better for me.  I am ready to get back into a workout routine and am determined to be consistent with it.  

Lower my expectations & be more content.  Sometimes I think that I assume everyone is out there having playdates and coffee dates and date nights and I'm home alone, only having conversations with a three year old and baby.  I think it's so easy think that everyone else is busy and having these great days, and you're stuck at home lonely.  I'm learning to be more content with just being home with the kids, and lowering my expectations of how "busy" my week should look like.  I'm so grateful I get to stay home with my babies, and even though it can feel lonely, I want to continually remind myself what a blessing it is that I get to be home with them.  

Figure out what makes me happy and recharges me and do it more.  A lot of the time when I get alone time when the kids are napping or sleeping I choose to watch tv, sit on my computer or scroll through my phone.  I feel like this is relaxing to me and I do enjoy it, but I think I've forgotten that sometimes the things that actually recharge me and make me happy require a little more energy but give a whole lot more once I do them.  Things like reading a book, working on a house project or making a craft or project.  Those things are much more fulfilling, and although when I'm tired and just want to zone out tv seems more appealing, I want to choose those others more.  It may make me a little more tired, but I think it will make me happier and more fulfilled.  

Be more intentional with my time with Chris.  Similar to above it's so easy for us to just sit on the couch and watch tv.  It feels hard to play a game, sit and talk or work on a project together. But I know those things would be so good for our marriage and in a season where so much is about our kids, I know it'd be beneficial to spend more quality time together.

What are some goals you're working on in 2017?


Amanda said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I feel like I can relate to and agree with every single one of these goals for my own life!! I really understand your second one .. although I'm not a mama yet, being a stay-at-home-wife has it's own challenges too .. I'm such a "do-er" and feel like I'm not doing enough by just being home. I really need to embrace this season that God has me in and find peace in how slow life is right now. And one more thing (sorry for writing a book!!), I completely understand your last goal .. Tyler and I are very guilty of our time together consisting of sitting in front of the TV .. it drives me nuts when I think about it, but at the same time it's difficult to change it. We've recently started playing cards (while we binge through every season of survivor, literally) and that has been enjoyable and seems a little more fulfilling than only watching TV together .. AND, novel done. ;)

Ginny Clothed with Grace said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I agree with all of these, I am right there with you!

Kelly said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Drinking water and lowering my expectations are definitely on my list too!

xx Kelly
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