This time of year I always seem to have mixed emotions. I am sad the holidays are over, the decorations are coming down, and the family is leaving. I am happy though to get back on a schedule, resume my workout routine, and get back to eating healthy. The past two weeks have been a wonderful time of celebrating and spending quality time with my family and nothing is better. My brother managed to stay for almost two weeks and my parents will leave this weekend. It was so wonderful to have the family all together for Christmas and New Years because that rarely happens. We spent New Year’s Eve together at home drinking and eating. My brother ended up making us an incredible Steak and Seafood dinner along with some festive drinks and bubbles. There’s perks to having a brother who works in the restaurant industry.
I still can’t believe another year has come and gone. I feel like last year was a blur and a whirlwind. The most exciting part was celebrating London’s first birthday and watching her go from baby to infant to toddler. She will be two already next month and though I want to freeze time and never let her grow up, it’s so fun watching her turn into her own little person. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I hardly keep them if I do. So, instead I made a bucket list of things I will do in 2015.
Start planning our trip to France in September.
Start taking my workout class, Bar Method, one more time a week in the early morning.
Start taking at least 2 hours on the weekend for myself and giving the hubby his own time as well.
Start eating more “Paleo” dinners, we try our best but need to practice this Monday through Friday. I loved when we did the actual 30 day challenge but we didn’t continue to do it on a routinely basis. I will never be able to give up sweets or pizza, but there are cleaner ways to eat them.
Start taking ballet classes with London. We are starting this next weekend and I am so excited. I want to to let her experience as many cultural, musical, and art classes as she can.
Start having date night once a month if not more. We are really bad at doing this. Something always comes up or we are too tired to go out, but when we do have a date night we realize how important it is and that we need to do it more often.
Start editing my closet more. I did this for Fall/Winter this year focusing on only a handful of items to buy for the Season. I did really well until about November and I bought a few more things than I needed. However, I did a major closet clean out at the beginning of Fall and now my closet is more appealing and I am planning on following the same pattern for Spring/Summer and only buying a few necessary clothing items. The French have a very specific wardrobe consisting of only the basic necessities yet they always looks immaculate and on point, so I figure I should try too.
Start taking a breath every now and then. I have a very hard time with trying to do too much at once and then feeling overwhelmed. The problem is that I can’t sit still for very long and I am always putting more on my plate than I probably should. I’ve always been like this and ever year I say I am going to stop and “smell the roses”, but so far I fall short on that goal.
Start putting more into my blog. I do what I can for now. I have a full time job, a toddler, and a husband that occupy 90% of my time. So, this little ol’ blog doesn’t often get the attention I would like. This is another thing I have a hard time with. I really want it to be so grand, but I struggle with time. Time is my biggest enemy. However, I am dedicated to making it better and growing. One of the best things for me is to be creative and this blog allows that to happen. I will probably be cutting down the number of posts I have though, because I would rather have quality vs. quantity. I have learned so much this past year in the world of blogging, actually in the last 6 months, and I have grand plans but it’s definitely going to take a lot of time to make that happen. I will be starting a few new series this year which will hopefully be fun and something you all enjoy. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and your continued support. I know in a world full of thousands of blogs you could easily skip over mine, so it means the world to me that you choose to make mine part of your day.
Start getting more organized in my daily routine. This applies to every aspect for me from getting out the door in the morning, to my job, to grocery shopping. For a while we were doing weekly meal planning, which helped out tremendously, but then we just stopped. I want to get back to more of this plus coming up with ways to make things a little easier. Sometimes things are hard or take longer than they should because I don’t have an organized and efficient way to do things. I’ve already come up with some checklists and ideas of how to complete certain tasks and will share with you in the coming months. During this break I was able to clean out London’s closet finally and organize and clean out the linen closet. It always feels so good to do a clean out and de-clutter.
As the year goes on there will always be other things I want to work on, but these are my top items I hope to do more of in the upcoming year. Again, thank you for everything and wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for all of us!