Every year I make a list of resolutions that are typically decided based off things I was slacking on all year. Now that I have a baby I’ve realized in a very short time (3 months to be exact) how quickly life changes if you let it. Obviously things changed in a positive way (um, hello, clearly obsessed with Capri), but there have also been some not-so-fabulous changes, such as me ordering Postmates for lunch and dinner a little more than I’d like to admit. I cut myself some slack since, in my opinion, we are still in the transition of living life freely to suddenly everything being about baby, but I know that if I don’t make a conscious effort, I could very easily abandon my old ways of loving to cook us dinner [almost] every night, among other things.
I know life is all about balance & moderation—I’ve been preaching that forever. But I think the theme of 2019 for me will be balance. Balance between my work, social life, mom duties, marriage, and my personal mental, physical, & emotional health. I can’t reiterate enough how easily you can lose yourself once a baby is in the picture, and I really want to make an effort to maintain my individuality while still being the best mom I can be.
Being a mom really is a giant balancing act (sorry for the very cheesy comparison I’m about to make), and I feel like it’s very similar to actual juggling. Seems impossible, often times can be, but with enough practice and time, you will eventually find a good rhythm and dominate! I’m currently in the stage of lots of practice and patience but I’m slowly starting to figure things out. I’m starting to feel comfortable taking a night off to have cocktails with my girlfriends. The difference is, now I make a point to be home by 10PM to feed my baby at 10:30PM. I’m sure I will eventually have an all-nighter but I’m not quite ready. I savor and cherish my dream feeds with Capri…she will only be this age once. Parties will happen my whole life.,
Okay, baby stuff aside. Blogging has definitely shifted for me—I can really only bust out 3 blog posts per week…on a GOOD week. Gone are the days where I could schedule everything so nicely in advance and spend 3-4 days a week shooting content. I now have very limited time slots to write and shoot so unfortunately content isn’t as flushed as it used to be. This is part of my 2019 resolutions. I need to figure out the right balance for my blog since it’s the main source of income for my family and my biggest passion. In other words, it’s a very important part of my life that needs to be a priority.
I also like to include smaller, less significant, resolutions that are achievable with a small push. Just writing them down motivates me. My office, for example, has been neglected since we moved into this house. I had big plans for it but somehow I always focus my energy on other parts of the house. I want to create my dream space so when I DO blog more, I’m doing so in a space that inspires me, makes me happy, and I’m proud of. My pantry has SO much potential but instead I dread walking into it because all the stuff overwhelms me. I want to design my bin-heaven space so food isn’t wasted, I can easily find things, AND it will motivate me to cook more….see? Genius, no?
Everything seems to come down to time these days. Mapping out my life down to the minute for the sake of my baby. I hope that eventually I won’t feel quite so rushed to get things done (I’m sure moms out there know the anxious feeling the second your baby goes down for a nap & suddenly the reality of how much shit you have to get done in like 55-ish minutes sets in…). Time FLIES when you have a baby and gone are the days of me fooling around on social media for an hour between being productive. Every. Minute. Counts. The point is, I hope someday soon (in 2019 LOL) I’ll be able to read books [again] without the rushed or anxious feelings. Same goes for my dead vegetable garden…hopefully this year I can dedicate some time to learn how to grow one, but better yet how to keep it alive!
Lastly, this year I am excited to create something that is my OWN. Not a collaboration, but something that I created from scratch. Something that is an extension of me and my brand. Something that will connect me with YOU guys. It’s something I have been working on for a long time and have put a lot of work into. I am incredibly excited for this part of 2019 and I cannot wait to share more.
In the meantime, I hope you will take some time to jot down a few resolutions for the new year to motivate you to live your best life. I believe the value in my blog (& life on social media) is teaching others how to life their best life in an attainable manner. None of the fake shit. Just REAL people living a REAL(ly fabulous) life that you can have, too!
Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2019