I know what you're thinking, "Not another New Years resolution post." Well yes, I have some things to say and you should listen up! I have always been the type of person who gets overly excited about the new year and setting these lovely "resolutions". The goals I would set would look something like this - lose all the pounds, read my Bible every single day, be a better person, etc. They were always too broad and I would give up in the middle of January which would make me feel worse about myself. This year, I took a step back and really focused on what I wanted and needed out of 2018. My photography business has a lot of room for growth, my spiritual and mental health needs more attention - not just reading my Bible but also building a stronger relationship with Christ, my kids need more of my focus/attention and I need to consider my husband's needs on the daily. All of these goals have helped me come up with my word of the year - DISCIPLINE. Good grief, could that word be any more intimidating? Discipline has never been my strong suit which has made me pretty lazy. Yep, I admit it, I can be extremely lazy - a lot. I have been listening to the book "The Miracle Morning" on Audible and it has changed my whole outlook on what I should be doing before 8 AM. This has changed my day drastically. Before I started doing this, I would sleep until the kids woke up and if they woke up before 6:30 (which was basically everyday), I was one cranky mama. My biggest problem was that I wouldn't go to bed until 11 PM or midnight. In my mind, I had been "momming" all day and just wanted some time to get things accomplished on my own personal list and I wanted to hang out with my husband. With me going to bed before 10 PM, I am able to wake up at 5:30 AM ready to conquer the day. I have made AM and PM goals which have helped a ton. I follow @weescoutphotos on Instagram and she goes into great detail on these. Remember, these are my goals, not my schedule.
- Podcast while getting ready
- Eat breakfast while continuing podcast or listen to worship music
- Play with the kids with no interruptions/read with them
- Smoothie (I'm terrible at getting my greens in so I schedule it!)
- Dinner together - ask questions and visit
- Brush kid's teeth (Yep, I have to have a reminder!)
- Family prayers/devotion
- Continue Ed. for photography (A big goal for me is to learn something new about photography every single day)
- Spend time with my husband.
I am also a visual person which makes writing things down essential for me. Also, since I am a creative person, visually pleasing products make me super happy! One of those items is my Erin Condren planner. I just ordered a new one and it's not in just yet so I will share my 2017 planner which they still have on their website! When my planner comes in, I will share everything it comes with.
Come back soon to read more on tips to rock 2018! I will be sharing books, podcasts, influencers, etc.