Welcome 2018! As much as I look forward to the holiday season, I’ve admittedly had a few sighs of relief that the hustle and bustle of the most wonderful time of the year is OVER. Anyone else?
Each year I jot down a few of those “new year resolutions”, only to be disappointed in myself a few months/weeks later for not sticking to them! It’s literally every year. Not sure if that’s totally normal, or if I just really suck (probably a combination of both), but this year I’ve decided enough is enough. For real.
Instead of my typical resolutions: lose weight, get more organized, etc….I’m taking a different route this year.
Instead of listing my “resolutions”, I’ll be listing how I’ll focus on becoming the best version of ME and some personal goals I’ve had for myself. Here goes!
1.) Go live with my blog! As much as I’ve wanted to, I’ve been terrified to pull the trigger and share my blog with the world. Scared that people will not be receptive, or that no one will want to read what I have to say. Scared that I can’t keep up with regular posts, and that the content I share won’t relate to my readers. Basically I’ve let these fears consume me even though I’ve thought about launching this blog for MONTHS now. So here it is…the first check on my resolution list. Pigtails and Pinot is LIVE. WOOHOO!
2.) Being the best mama and wifey I can be. In December 2017 I left my full-time job to stay at home with my girls. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, and with only a month or so in, I’m already seeing how tough this job really is! Every mom whether working or stay at home has a hefty load–the lists are never-ending and the job is never done. But you know what, that is OKAY! My goal in 2018 and beyond is to not get stressed about what I haven’t accomplished. Don’t make my bed until 3:00pm, okay. Dishes constantly filling the sink, fine. That load of laundry that’s been sitting in the dryer for 3 days, whatever. Bottom line is, if I’m doing the best job I can at being a mama and focusing my time on these girls, all those other things will simply just take a backseat. And they WILL get done, eventually. Because one thing a mama does not have time for is unnecessary STRESS. Am I right?
3.) Stop caring about what everyone else thinks. If I would’ve adapted to this concept sooner, I would not be listing #1! Why do I care what anyone thinks about my blog, why I’m doing this, or what I have to say? Yes, I want people to follow me for me and for the content I’ll share, but other than that, why do I care what anyone says about my blogging journey? Especially since it is something that I’m doing for ME. Check #2.
4.) Get healthy–From the inside out. For YEARS I’ve struggled with my weight. Even before having two babies, I struggled with my weight. Failed diet after diet with inconsistent exercise habits. I’ve been on the #strugglebus and can’t get off! Until now. Through some other bloggers I discovered Whole 30. You can read all the nitty gritty details here, but in a nutshell, Whole 30 is a reset for your body. A reset of what you put into your body, as well as a reset of how you view food. For me, food is my comfort. Bad day, good day, celebrations, or simply boredom–I turn to food. I get excited about food, and typically not for the ones that are fueling my body. My hope while on this journey is that Whole 30 is life changing like it claims to be. I don’t need another program to help me feel good and eat well for a few weeks. My issues go deeper and I’ve realized that I need to put in some hard work, and get some tough love if I’m going to see the results I want. Whole 30 might just be my saving grace! Check back as I’ll be reviewing the program throughout the 30 days.
5.) Get organized. Okay, so I know I said earlier that I was scratching all those cliche “resolutions”, however this is not really a resolution per say, rather a personal (Jamie has got to get her s@*t together) goal. Organizing our household schedules, cleaning, meal planning, purging and organizing rooms/closets, etc. Using my pretty new planner, that I actually bought months ago. All of which will help with goal #2. I’ll soon be tackling each room in my house–Pinterest here I come! But if you have any tips or tricks please pass them along!
6.) Stop worrying about everyone else/comparing myself to others. As much as I hate to admit, there are relationships in my life that have grown apart. Some by choice, and some simply because of life. Life takes over; work, family, kids, travel, new relationships, etc., etc., etc. While I’m fully aware of all of life’s demands, there have been more times than I can count that I’m questioning why I haven’t heard from a friend or family member. Asking myself, why is my relationship with that person not important to them? But the truth is, I’ve been wayyyy over sensitive about this. Unless I’ve been given a reason for this to be true, it’s not, and I am important. So in 2018 I will stop worrying about everyone else and know that even though you grow apart from some people, it doesn’t mean the relationship is gone forever.
Lastly, it is SO easy to get caught up on social media comparing yourself to others. But the fact of the matter is, YOU are special and there is no one else in the world like YOU. And while I might get inspiration from those I follow on social media, I will not let others change who I am and will only work to be that better version of ME.
What are your personal goals for 2018?
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