365 new days, 365 new chances. Here are my hopes for the year ahead…
Hello there 2018. Nice to meet you. Just like any new relationship, we are still trying to get aquatinted. You have greeted my household with sickness, exhaustion + lots of runny noses. We have not left the house in days but I know that you are just setting the ground work + letting us build our strength to take on the new year. There is going to be great things to learn, explore, experience + see over the next 364 days; one more reason you need us to kick this sickness out now. Right?!?!… this is not foreshadowing of what is to come. It just can’t be.
In all honestly, I am truly looking forward to all that 2018 might hold. I want to embrace it all + allow challenges, people, opportunities + grace to guide me. Like so many, I have been reflecting a lot on the chapter that just closed. 2017 had its highs + lows which tested me on many levels. So, below are my resolutions + hopes for the year ahead…
Patience. If 2017 taught me anything, it’s that exhaustion is constant. Having 2 small children (1 of which does not seem to enjoy sleeping much at all) is demanding. My patience lacks at times with my kids, my family + with my husband. I want to remember to take a breath, slow down + change my perspective. Additionally, I want to be more patient with myself. Not everything needs to go my way + rationality should guild my thought process more than my emotions.
Acceptance. I will admit, I am often quick to judge. Moreover, I have let previous insecurities + fears guide my decisions. I want to be more open-minded + accepting, allowing me to see things as they are without judgment.
Eat less sugar. There are very few sweets I turn away from. I love dessert, what can I say! Yet, over the past year, I feel like I have let a bit too much refined sugar into my life. I want to take back the reins on my sugar consumption, consciously cutting back on my day-to-day. Maybe this will help my skin, sleep, mood + body.
Self Care. When you are constantly tired + looking after small humans 24/7, it is hard to find the time or energy to do much for yourself. I have let the majority of my passions + interests fall by the wayside (outside of this blog!) along with taking the time I need for myself. I want to put myself + my well being back on my priority list. So, if that means a massage every few months, taking a class, getting back into the gym or sitting down to read every night, I need to give myself a little love more regularly.
What are your 2018 goals? Do you have resolutions you are hoping to make too?
The perfect quote to sum up my pure excitement for the month of october.
(via lindsay letters)
Oh october, how I love you. Your 31 days are some of my most favorite in the entire year. They are filled with crisp, cool mornings that warm up as the hours burn. Candles in the best scents fill every corner of my home. The most beautiful, rich colors literally fall from every tree around you + have a vibrancy that is hard to put into words. My birthday also happens to fall in this month, as does one of my most favorite holidays, halloween. Evenings are spent cuddled up on the couch, watching scary movies in our pjs. Oh, and chunky sweaters, cozy socks, layers, vests, booties + big billow scarfs are in constant rotations, the style that I love to wear the most.
Come to think of it, I am not sure if there is anything about october that I don’t love. So, for the next 28 days, you can pretty much guess, I will be in the best mood ever.
The past few months have brought a lot of change. Not only did my family grow from 3 to 4, with the addition of little blake but we have also settled into our ‘new normal’. Having 2 kids under the age of 2 has a ton of joy + fulfillment. But, I would be crazy if I did not admit it also brings some challenges. Additionally, I have been home on maternity leave for the past few months with a transition to my job that I am not quite ready to talk about, just yet. On the other hand, I have been fired up with a ton of inspiration + excitement for this little blog of mine. I have had a fire ignited in me that I personally feel like has inspired some of my best content. Hopefully, there will only be more greatness to come that my readers will enjoy.
Today’s quote of the day is a great reminder that my path is not always known + may never be what I would expect. Yet, I am where I need to be for this season of my life. The challenges I face will help me grow + push me beyond my comfort zone. Likewise, my family is healthy, I have a great support system in place + my heart is full with gratitude + happiness. In the end, what more do I really need? The positives will always outweigh the negatives + my perspective is essential in always seeing the good.
Here is to a wonderful monday + to the week ahead, no matter where we all might be.
I have been working on my meal prep + making the most of my time in the kitchen. Likewise, I am trying to be more methodical + intentional when I go grocery shopping. This means, a grocery list is essential. Typically I leave out a notebook on my counter and add items to the list throughout the week.
However, I recently made a ‘quick trip to the store’ to grab just a couple lunch items for the week. This was a mistake. While I did pickup the ingredients for salad + sandwiches, I also grabbed a few too many junk food items. My delicious bar of salted-almond chocolate which I justified as a dessert to eat all week long, was gone in 2 days. And, its oh-so-easy to gravitate towards these snacks throughout the day. Being at home with an infant that requires quite a bit of attention deters me enough from getting a well-rounded meal. I don’t need to throw in junk food to the mix.
I guess you live and you learn. However, do you have any healthy snack suggestions to help me stock my kitchen?