The freshness of a new year dawning.
I’m excited for this year, and it’s probably because I’ve decided to not put too much pressure on myself. I have decided to let life happen, and rather than make resolutions that will have absolute results, I have decided to make this a year of progression instead. A time of discovery, exploration and creativity.
Being a busy mum and wife can sometimes feel like drudgery (at least to me), but I want to change that this year. Dishes will always need to be washed, and I will still need to ferry my children around and keep them from rioting with each other. But interspersed with these normal moments, I would like to try something new for myself and my family.
Last year I learned to ride a bike. Something I’m embarrassed to admit, but super proud of! We went on our first family bike ride and I really loved it (I was also surprised at just how difficult it was to ride for longer than five minutes too!) Making memories with my family will break up the mundane things that have to be done on a day to day basis, so that those boring tasks become less mundane over time. At least that is my theory! Here is what I want to enjoy in 2019.
Reading Good Books
This is as much for myself as it is for the kids. I love reading and it’s my goal this year to read six (I started four last year and finished none of them to my shame!) Outliers here I come, Becoming you’re up next! (I actually had started Outliers and even wrote a post about it I enjoyed it so much, I’m determined to finish it in the next few weeks!
I love treating my hands, and having well polished nails. French manicures are my favourite and so I intend to regularly treat myself to this little luxury every couple of months, or at least attempt it myself.
I really want to focus on relaxed family time this year, making dedicated times to connect with my children by sparking interesting conversation. I want my children to be great conversationalists (they would both be good on debate teams right now) willing to think of new ideas and encourage their creativity.
There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world, but let us make time to figure out what’s important. Family, great company, uplifting others through books and movies. Good food, outdoor or indoor games can give us a deeper connection to our friends. Watching out for our dear friends, and opening our homes can knit together a truly wonderful tapestry of friendship. Invest wisely in your friends and you (and they) could reap the benefits for years to come
Learning a New Skill
There are so many things I want to learn. Sewing, knitting, pull-ups, but one thing if I’ve always wanted to try was growing my own fruits and veggies. My aunt used to own an allotment and every now and then we’d go and help pull weeds or sow some seeds. That connection with the earth has never left me, so I have made a decision to try and start by growing potted plants this year.
Be a Bit More Silly
My kids love it when I’m silly, and although I tend to be a bit more serious, I secretly love being silly with them too! It breaks up the evening, when we’re all tired and a little moody, and instantly lightens the mood and our hearts. I tickle their chins, make up ridiculous scenarios in which they have to escape or simply play along with one of their jokes.
It’s great being a mum. Tiring too, frustrating yes. But let this be a great year, where we can open our eyes to the wonder of our lives, or maybe see how we can make some well needed changes and organising.
Share below what you will be doing to enjoy 2019!