One of my favorite quotes is “A year from now you may wish you had started today” by author Karen Lamb. It is the perfect quote for making New Year’s resolutions. Stop and think. What do you hope to accomplish by this time next year? Write it down before you keep reading. You may quickly find yourself making some changes.
I love making New Year’s resolutions. The New Year feels so fresh and clean. There is just so much time. The calendar is wide open. I feel like I can tackle anything. It is all still possible.
Last year, I had several HUGE goals. Unfortunately, I only made one came true.
I wanted my toddler daughter to have more kids her own age to play with. So, I signed us up for Mommy-and-Me classes, and we went to two classes a week for most of the year. I am proud of that one! Check-mark, complete. But, I hate that the others are still unfinished.
I wanted to organize our house to resemble all the beautiful photos I see in DIY blogs. Well, that didn’t happen. Our pantry, for example, is still a disaster.
I hoped to have baby #2 and ended up having a miscarriage instead (which also got in the way of my weight loss goals). Sigh, it was a bit of a tough year.
As I look to the New Year, I am excited for a fresh start. I hope to be more focused and make resolutions that I will stick to. I need to be inspired so I can do better.
What are other moms planning?
So, I decided to ask other mom bloggers – what are you planning for 2017? I wanted to know what I was missing. I hoped to find out some secrets.
Everyone had very thoughtful answers.
Like from, Tiffany, I learned about the importance of selecting one meaningful word to provide clarity and focus to your life. Kind of like having a hashtag for your goals to make it easier to remember and explain.
I was also so impressed with Candis‘s determination to add a sense of adventure to her kids’ lives.
I asked other Mom Bloggers this question: What is your 2017 New Year’s Resolution for yourself and your family?
Here is what they said. I hope you get some great ideas for your resolutions. I hope you will be inspired to write your best resolutions yet.
10 Mom Bloggers Share their New Year’s Resolutions
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1. Sandi from Happy Science Mom
My main resolution for the New Year is to be more mindful around my children. I often catch myself looking at my phone and working even after my kids get home from school. This is a challenging habit to break since I am so passionate about my blog and other writing projects, but it means that I am not practicing what I preach when it comes to mindfulness.
Part of the issue is that so much of what we do is now on our phone, whether it be paying bills, making a dinner reservation, or interacting on Facebook for work. Sometimes I explain to my kids that I am actually writing an email or text for them, such as to set up a play date or to read their teacher’s email.
I intend to try to put my phone down more often and focus directly on my children. I want to play with them more and engage in conversation with them more. I want to enjoy the moment and to show my children that what they say and do is important—more important than everything on my phone that ends up being a time-sucking, attention-grabbing dark hole that we can all so easily get lost in.
2. Brittany from A Mama Tale
As we all prepare to countdown to New Year’s, I am counting down my Mama’s New Year’s Resolutions. The year 2016 has been a whirlwind! My daughter has reached an age in which she has become a true little person with her own thoughts, feelings, and opinions. Of which she readily shares at top volume! When I look back at this year that is what I will remember. However, when I look forward to next year, I know I need to make a few key changes.
3…I need to work smarter, not harder. I think my Type A personality combined with a strong work ethic and copious amounts of caffeine could be a recipe for disaster. Thus, I need to do something this year that I am not very good at. I need to ask for help and delegate! We mamas are always trying to do it all and you know what? It is impossible. I have tried! Help, please!
2…Spend more quality time with my hubby. My husband and I wished, hoped, and prayed to have a child for many years. When our wish was granted, we both jumped into parenting head first. We love being parents to our daughter and we cherish every second. However, we have been out without her exactly twice in two-and-a-half years. We need a date night!
1…Remind myself to be more present. I am a work-from-home elementary teacher. While I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion of teaching while being at home with my daughter, often I am physically present, but that’s it! I love my students, but I want to take more breaks throughout the day to be fully present and spend quality time with my little miracle.
3. Leah from Suburban Imperfection
We just had our second child, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for goal-setting. But I still have plans – plans that are flexible, based on our transition to a household of four
First, we plan for this to be our last child, so I am excited to get myself back into shape. This means losing about 40 – 50 pounds (wow, that sounds intimidating now that I write it down!). My husband wants to lose some weight too, and I think having his support and added motivation will make any weight loss plan a lot easier to stick with. Also, I am hoping to get a FitBit for Christmas.
While on maternity leave, I’d like to get an idea of where my career is ‘going.’ I have been at the same job for seven years and it’s time for a change. In order to get a better handle on what my professional goals are, I have invested in a business coach. I also plan to set up some informational interviews with people in jobs/fields I would be interested in, to learn more about what they actually do, and whether I’d be considered qualified. Doing research like this is so much better than just throwing resumes randomly out there!
Finally, I want to really enjoy maternity leave. Last time, I didn’t really have a base of mommy friends. It was hard to connect with others and many days were spent alone with my son. I now know more people and feel like I have a good support system in place (including through online and in-person mommy groups). I plan to reach out to other moms more, and to do more play dates. I think this will break up the time and help me cope better with lack of sleep and other issues. I’m not one to ask for help, but am getting better at it. As they say, it takes a village!
4. Heather from Blissful Intent
As 2016 comes to an end, my focus is shifting to the coming year. So many things happened for me individually and for my family in 2016, and it makes me so excited to see what 2017 has in store. As I think about the coming year, I’m making a resolution, a promise to be more present with my family.
My daughters are growing up so quickly and it is my goal to be more engaged with my family. I want to be that unforgettable mom for them, and this is the prime age where they will remember these moments of presence. To accomplish this, I am making a commitment to be more present doing the things we love as a whole.
5. Tiffany from Short Sweet Mom
For the past few years, I have tried to have one word or theme for the year. I started this practice a few years ago after my parents gave our family the book “One Word that Will Change Your Life.” My word for last year was “release.” I wanted to branch out of my comfort zone and be willing to try new things. I feel like I achieved this by starting my blog shortsweetmom.com. This coming year my one word is “purposeful.”
There are three main areas I want to be more purposeful this year.
- I want to be purposeful with my physical health. We will continue our family’s new tradition of hiking once a week and I hope to exercise on my own more regularly.
- I want to be purposeful with my time. I get side tracked easily. I want to work on making goals and sticking with them until they are finished before getting side tracked with a new project.
- I want to be purposeful about self-love. It is so easy as a mom to forget about my own needs and desires. This year, I want to make sure I don’t continuously put myself on the back burner.
I highly recommend “One Word that Will Change Your Life.” It is really helpful to have a main theme and focus for your year.
6. Ambar from Mama Bird Well Nest
I am always striving to be the best woman, wife, and mama I can be. This year, I’ve decided on two New Year’s resolutions that will help me reach my goals in motherhood and they are very simple: Be Present and Have Fun!
Earlier this year, I left my full-time job in order to have more time with my 18 month old daughter. I am very aware that this time with her is precious, and that her young years will be fleeting. I want to spend this time making as many happy memories as possible, since I know that is what we’ll have to hold onto as she grows up. I believe that by enjoying our adventures together, we will be strengthening our special bond and creating a solid foundation that she will always be able to come home to.
In order to be more present, I am going to limit my time on electronics while we are together. I plan to instill a “phones off” policy during our family meal times and set aside a few hours each day completely away from electronics. Instead we will get outside, do arts and crafts, take music classes, go to story time, and simply enjoy each other’s company! This will all contribute to my second resolution of having fun!
The best gift that we can give to our children is our undivided love and attention. By being present and having fun with my daughter, I will be showing her that our time together is valuable. She will grow up feeling safe, loved, and supported, and that is what I most want for her.
Happy New Year mamas! May we all give our children our full presence and enjoy a fun-filled 2017!
7. Candis from Smart Mom Blogger
This year I’d love to instill a sense of both tradition and adventure in our family. So much of life is run by daily routines that are important for keeping things humming along, but are neither deeply significant or very exciting. I want to change that!
My plan & resolution is to implement a “something old, something new” practice during special times like holidays, seasons, birthdays, etc.
So for example, on birthdays we usually go to Baskin Robbins and let the birthday child pick out their own ice cream cake (tradition/”something old”). For the adventure/”something new” part, we’ll do something we’ve never done before: maybe try a new food, visit a new place, or do a new activity. I imagine the “something new” part of things will change as the kids grow, which is the point!
I believe it’s important to have traditions in family, as it produces a sense of security, belonging and identity. But I also believe it’s important to have adventure, because it keeps us excited about life and looking forward to each new day.
My hope is that by making tradition and adventure part of our family plan, I can help to create meaning and joy in my children’s lives.
8. Brittany from Memoirs of a Good Thing
This new year, I have set my sights on 3 main goals for my family:
1. Connection. This past year has been a busy one in our household. Between ministry and homeschooling, there is little time left in our day-to-day where we can just connect. So, this coming year we are committing to a family date night twice a week where we can stop and just have fun with the kids! We want them to value family and appreciate the time spent together.
2. Time Management. It can be really difficult managing time efficiently with a large family. We have done ok, but I really want to focus on optimizing our time. I plan to do this a couple of different ways. First, I want to wake up before the kids wake up in the morning. Allowing myself that extra hour or so to wake up and pull myself together just seems to set a better tone for the day! Second, I also plan on re-implementing the use of a meal planner. It makes things substantially easier when I am not scrambling last-minute to decide what to make for dinner! And as an added bonus we eat out less, save money, and ultimately eat healthier.
3. Unplugging. This is probably going to be the most difficult. Mainly because my husband and I both have businesses that rely heavily on technology. We want our kids to experience childhood unplugged…not glued to the screens. We also want them to know that their presence supersedes anything we have going on business wise. This is also a critical piece to achieving our first goal. Unplugging to connect?…Go figure…
I hope sharing my goals has encouraged you to set some goals of your own. Just remember, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” Jim Rohn.
9. Kylie from Everything I Never Told You
It’s that time of year….time to take a look at what works in our lives and what doesn’t. Time to decide what we can change and what we just need to accept and move on. It’s also time to resolve how we want to feel, what we want to do, and how we want to grow in the year to come. I am still working on sorting out all of my personal New Year’s Resolutions but I do know what goals I have for my family in the new year.
More Outdoor Time. We live in a an area on the West coast of Canada that sees more than its fair share of wet weather (they don’t call it “Raincouver” for nothing, after all). When the weather is less than ideal outside, it is easy to use that as an excuse to stay inside, especially when a toddler is involved (and means multiple layers to take on and off repeatedly). The thing is, even when the weather is poor, we all always feel and sleep better after getting a good dose of fresh air. Starting in January, regardless of the weather, I am hoping we can get into the routine of a daily walk, even if it results in a soggy return.
Less Screen Time. Lately, I have been tossing around the idea of us, as a family, dedicating one day a week (likely Saturday) to go screen-free (NO cell phones, ipads, laptops or televisions) for at least 8 solid hours straight. In the New Year, I would like our family to resolve to keep at least one day a week screen-free. As dependant as we have all become on our phones (myself included), we will have to see how long this resolution actually lasts, but if I can even just get us to do this once a month, I’ll consider it a success.
Spend Less, Save More. Likely, anyone you ask will say “spend less” is on their list of resolutions for the New Year. We are no different in that respect, although I do have a specific goal in mind this year for saving. Our son is three and a half now, and we have yet to have a real family vacation. I consider a “real” vacation to involve these three things: a) Air travel; b) Sunshine; & c) Meals prepared by someone else. I would love for us to take stock of our variable spending, scale back where we can (goodbye, daily lattes!) and save enough to take a proper family vacation.
10. and here are Mom+Carrot’s New Year’s Resolutions…
After reading through all the great New Year’s resolutions above, I was inspired. I upped my game. I even selected one word for the year. It is: Focus
Here are my New Year’s resolutions in no particular order:
#1 Focus on Heath. I have terrible allergies now. Sometimes it feels like my nose is running all day, every day. I am positive that my life habits, especially what I eat, contribute to this. So, for the month of January, I have decided to give the Whole 30 program a try. I have been reading the book, and I am excited to see if eating clean will help my allergies. I also hope to lose weight, but this is secondary to being able to breathe better.
#2 Focus on New Friends. I really want to find my daughter a best friend. Ideally, I would love for this to be a sibling, but that hasn’t happened as planned. And since my daughter is the only grandchild on both sides of the family, she has no little cousins to play with. So, I am determined to go on more play dates this year to connect her with other children her own age. I’ve already started planning some awesome play dates, see this post for ideas.
#3 Focus on Home. My husband and I have agreed to set up a job chart for ourselves in the new year. It will be good to know who is doing what each week, and by when. I think this will help get our house more organized.
#4 Focus on Money. I plan to be more frugal with my spending this year. We are surviving on a single income, but I don’t like how we reach into our savings from time to time. I am going to set monthly budgets for the first time next year.
#5 Focus on Family Time. And finally, based on all the great resolutions I read above, I am also going to work on disconnecting more for my daughter. I like the idea of having one completely screen-free day each month that is devoted to just family time. It will be the perfect day to go out and have some new adventures.
Well, that’s the list, now I just need to get them done 🙂
3 Tips for Accomplishing your Goals
#1 Write them Down. As with goals, you have a better chance of completing your resolutions if you just get them out of your head and write them down. I like to write my resolutions in the notes section of my iPhone so I can reference them often, even when traveling. I also like to make a little sign and post it in the kitchen or above the bathroom scale or next to my computer. The constant reminder helps keep me accountable.
To make this easy for you, I made 3 Free worksheets that you can use to capture your resolutions. Just print out and hang anywhere you like. You can also give a copy to your kids and encourage them to write their goals too. So handy!
#2 Tell Someone. If you would like to declare your resolution to the world, please feel free to do so in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear about what you have planned.
#3 Reward yourself along the way. Try to break your resolutions into smaller tasks and then reward yourself when you hit a milestone. It will motivate you to keep going.
I hope 2017 will be your best, most productive, year yet. No regrets!
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