I’m fully aware that it’s now mid-January, which is totally beyond the acceptable time to start talking about new year’s resolutions. And, if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know I have mixed feelings about resolutions, but do believe in periodically taking a step back and thinking about what small changes might make a big impact in your own life every once in awhile.
And what better time than in January, when you’ve got a fresh new calendar year ahead of you?
So here we go.
My resolutions are small this year. I’ve got kind of a lot of change happening in 2015, with even more on the horizon for 2016, so I’ve decided that I need to be a little gentler with myself this year.
For those of you who don’t know me personally, here’s a little bit about me: I’m type-A. I will be the first to admit that I’m kind of perpetually busy, highly organized, and routined to a fault. This means that when things get in the way of my routine or organization, my brain goes a little haywire. And given that this little lady is about to come along and upend everything I’ve known for the past 30 years, I think I need to embrace the idea of going with the flow.
So this year my goal is to take things as they come, be kind to myself, and relax.
I’m currently working on embracing all the changes that are happening to my body (yes, I realize it’s all for a good cause, but it’s still weird to have your body change so completely and rapidly right before your eyes). Some days are full of energy while others are achy and tiresome, so it’s been helpful to just focus on putting one foot in front of the other and think of all the wonderful things that are on the horizon (and when my abs feel like someone has been bludgeoning them repeatedly with a sledgehammer, just hope that tomorrow will be better).
I’ve embraced the idea that I may not be the person who works out regularly and continuously throughout pregnancy, and I may not be the person who eats perfectly all the time (hi, this baby loves candy as much as her mama does), but that’s all ok. So long as I’m healthy, baby is healthy, and everything is on the up-and-up, there’s nothing to get down on myself about. This is a philosophy I hope to carry over into parenting — looking at the big picture and trying not to sweat the small stuff. Some days will be better than others, but with each bad day, there’s a whole new chance to start fresh the next.
Did you set any goals for yourself this year, or make any resolutions? I’d love to hear about them!