I’ve never been big on New Year resolutions. January 1st is usually when I started to think about what I wanted to do with the year with an anticipated goal of implementation in the Spring. For me, Spring has always been symbolized a time of renewal, change, and growth.
Therefore, in preparation for the Spring of 2017, I have decided to claim my word of the year:
In 2017, I hope to have a renewed focus on the following:
1.Focus on me.
It goes without saying that I will keep my focus on Micah. Between soccer, Cub Scouts, upcoming travel, and everything in-between, every day is about Micah. But I want to get some focus on me in 2017. I am looking to schedule at least 1 day off every 3 months where it will be just for me. I’ll relax, or get a spa treatment, sleep in, read a book in bed, or binge-watch a show. Whatever it is, it will be just for me. And at the end of that day, I’ll pick up Micah from school and continue the day with my lil’ man.
2. Focus on family.
In the past couple of years, I have become somewhat disconnected from my family. A lot of it had to do with the ongoing dysfunction within my family, but a lot more of it has to do with the fact that I have a significant physical distance between numerous members of my family. But now, it is very important to me to expose Micah to my family. Family was an essential aspect of the person that I am today, and I want to encourage the same with Micah. It is important for him to know his family and to be exposed to the place where I lived for a significant part of my life. In 2017, I am planning to take this little family to St. Croix!
3. Focus on travel.
2017 is looking like Travel Year for us. In the past 2 years, I have been working towards creating our home base in preparation for Micah to start kindergarten, and now that he’s started this past Fall and he’s thriving, I think it’s time to take advantage of the Holiday and summer breaks to start taking some well-deserved travel. This year, we have 3 large trips planned, and I’m working on scheduling some weekend and day trips throughout the year. We’ll definitely be having a busy year!
4. Focus on school.
In order to find time to do more this year, I need to focus on finishing up graduate school and getting my MBA. I started this goal back in 2015, and I’m hoping that in 2017, I will be able to complete it or at least get very close to completion. This will require some careful time management, and I’m working on creating a plan for 2017 to make sure that it will happen.
5. Focus on my blog.
I have done a lot less blogging in 2016 than I would have liked, and I believe that my focus (and a little bit of my sanity) has suffered for it. My blog has always been a source of calm and therapy for me, and without leveraging its use in 2016, I believe that I have lost a bit of my focus. In 2017, my plan is to create a renewed focus on my blog. I am looking forward to placing renewed time and effort into my blog, and collaborating with others to help take my blog to the next level. I’m also working on refining Turn It Up Tuesday, so we can maximize the reach of the party and create the most impact for all those involved.
There seems to be a lot to focus on this year, and I’ll be working hard for the next few months to see the fruits of my labor. There is no particular order for this focus list; it will really depend on the time management plan that I’m working on. With all that I’m planning to do this year, you can be sure to see some new creative ideas and hopefully a renewed interest in Epic Mommy Adventures. Wishing you all love, happiness, and success in 2017!