We don't do resolutions since our next breath isn't guaranteed. But we certainly have hopes and dreams for the New Year ahead, we wouldn't be human if we didn't. Some are important, others less so. I am a list addict which helps my 'disorganized by nature' self stick to things. I am sharing our hopes for this year, I have a need to see it all written out and hopefully some of it is on your list too! It's good to know you're not alone.
I like to set goals high and I don't get upset over not reaching them 100%. To me, working toward a goal is already a victory and any progress is part of a journey. These are in no particular order, just as they came to mind.
- Separate work and home time: It may not always work, but I need to revamp our schedule. I am thinking of attempting going to bed with the kids at 9 and waking up at 5 or 6 am to work while they sleep. Right now it's not working, I put them to bed and work until 1 or 2 am, then I'm left sleep deprived and generally cranky. My sleep schedule isn't working for me. As I am getting more clients for my business, I will also need to enlist the help of hubby more because I simply will not be able to devote my time to the kids 24/7 when they are awake.
- Eat Healthier: In our attempt to save Baby E's crumbling teeth, we are sticking with Ramiel Nagel's protocol outlined in Cure Tooth Decay. It will not be easy, it's a drastic change for us, it will take time. Replacing white flour and sugar with nutrient dense foods like pastured eggs, raw milk and dairy, and grass fed meat. Uhm, yeah. That brings me to the next hope...
- Grow our Business: I need more clients for AnaB Social to afford the above and to help pay off our debt. Actually, my husband's work has been so unstable, he doesn't know how much longer he will have a job. So this is necessary more than ever. But honestly, my heart is in growing it not because we need the money, but because we want to bless others in need with what we have. There are many organizations we want to support, ranging from orphans and widows to simply clean water wells in Africa.
- Invest in Faith: This blog isn't really for sharing my faith, but it is such an ingrained part of who I am and how I parent. I may look like 'supermom' on the outside, having and doing it all, when truly it is just the result of my relationship with Christ. Every decision I make is impacted by my faith. Now, I'm not imposing my faith on anyone, but you'll see me mention it in context because I don't want to make it look like my successes are somehow built by my own hands. Nothing is mine, I live by grace daily. With that said, I want my kids growing up seeing hope, faith, and love in action. I want them to see less of the 'mommy is angry' me and more of the 'mommy is patient' me, and I don't have any patience. It's something to decide on each morning, to make a choice for a peaceful household.
- More time learning: As we are approaching 'official' homeschooling years with Baby E, I need to spend more time with her on reading, writing, and basic arithmetic. We are still believers in child-led education and 'life-learning', but eventually we'll need concrete samples of work for the school district.
- Tackle the Paper Monster: We have way too many papers that need to be filed or recycled. They are taking over. Even after going 'paperless', there are still a few bills here and there that are mail only. The idea is to scan everything and to have no hard copies. That will take years, but we have to start somewhere!
- Kids in the Kitchen: The kiddos already spend a lot of time in the kitchen with me on a daily basis. But I often make them play just so I can get things done faster. This year I want to let them cook with me more! Baby T loves being right with me in the carrier when I cook, he needs to see everything or he goes crazy. He's my little chef. Before you know it he will probably be cooking dinner for us! :)
- More Fellowship: Though we thoroughly enjoy being home as a family, our privacy, our own ways, we would love to spend a little more time with other families, especially like-minded ones in faith. We have many friends, but few close ones - it's those that we are closer to that it would be nice to see more.