Friday, January 1, 2016

A look back and a look forward

What a year 2015 was. So many fun times and a few really big events.
Mike was promoted. Which followed by a big move from Michigan to Minnesota.
We also had some very memorable adventures together as a family. Just to mention a few. The kids first trip to an amusement park. Evelyn and my first girls weekend. A vacation to Myrtle Beach and a couples trip to Chicago.
We ended the year visiting family in both Michigan for Thanksgiving and Alabama for Christmas. New Year's Eve was spent cooking a big dinner, having drinks and watching the ball drop in both the central time zone and eastern time zone.
I feel like I spent the whole year smiling and I'm excited to see what 2016 has in store.

Last year was the year of Giving away and getting less. I stuck to it and started to live more minimally. I donated every piece of clothing that I hadn't wore in a year. We got rid of furniture that wasn't being used. And the biggest difference was donatinating more than half of the children's toys. If they weren't playing with it we passed it on.
After everything was sorted I worked on organizing. I've been a stay at home mom for over 4 years and I feel like I finally have it figured out. I've stuck to a cleaning schedule. I have simplified meal planning and I have found more free time in my day by simply sticking to a routine.
I feel great knowing that I worked on a goal and I've completed it. It wasn't easy and it took a lot of trial and error but it's a work in progress that I will continue into the new year.

So what's 2016 looking like as far as goals and resolutions for me? I've really thought about this a lot the past month. There are lots of little things I'd like to accomplish but it wasn't until this past week that I came to a solid answer.

Quality time. Quality time with Mike, quality time with the kids, quality time with myself, and quality time with friends and family.
 Sounds simple right but in reality I feel like, I spend a lot of wasted time with the ones I love.
I'm with the kids all day everyday and yet I feel like we just run around all day. I don't spend as much time as I want with them readying, doing crafts and really just making memories. Jack is starting preschool next year and Evelyn will be starting kindergarten. Our whole life is going to change and I won't have that time with them that I have now.
I spend every night and every weekend with Mike and yet I feel like we never see each other. I think it's because there are so many other distractions around. I want to change that by setting more time out to talk and do hobbies together. Less Internet and TV time and more couple time.
The quality time with myself might sound odd but I have hobbies and goals that I personally have been working on and I'd like to achieve them as well. I want to work on carving out that time for myself and being better for me. Fitness had been a priority for me for a long time and I want to continue that and finally achieve my goals of following a weight lifting plan and running a half marathon.
It really is going to be a great year and I'm looking forward to every minute of it!
What do you have planned for next year?

Happy 2016 everyone!!'

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