Are you making New Years resolutions to welcome 2016?
Not this girl.
I think it’s admirable when people take stock of the previous year with all of it’s ups and downs, expectations and surprises, and then (re)commit themselves to new goals for the new year. But, instead of making a list of resolutions, I’m choosing a word for the year. I’ve seen lots of of other bloggers run with this idea, choosing words like “Improvement”, “Grace”, “Patience”, “Fearless”, and “Faithful” and I’m giving it a shot this year.
This year I will strive for all things to be in Balance.
I think I’ve chosen the word Balance for #MyOneWord for 2016 because I’m feeling a little bit out of it, Balance, that is. As I think about the last year in review, there seem to be a lot of different aspects of my life that seem to be tilting, tottering, out of Balance. Some of it is out of my “control”, but I still feel like I need to create Balance within my life.
1) I’m a Mom of 4. I want to have Balance between being the best mother I can be to my children…and still recognize myself as a whole person, not just Mom. Part of that is all about “filling the well”. Jada Pinkett Smith does a wonderful job of explaining exactly what I’m talking about. Making time for yourself is really difficult as a mom, wife, sister, daughter, etc… especially if you don’t make it a priority. I’m guilty of this…especially when my children were very young. Now that they are getting older and don’t have so many primary needs (like being carried everywhere, diapered, and spoon fed), they are more independent…and I am realizing how consumed I have been with their needs. There was no room for mine. The pull to care for my children, husband, and others is instinctive, but so is the need to be happy within my self. My 18 year old stepson has recently impacted this need for Balance with his impromptu Christmas announcement that he and his girlfriend are expecting. Yikes, how did that happen? They are so not ready for any of what is to come and will need support, encouragement, and help to navigate the next 9 months (ahem, 18+ years).
To be the best Mom (and Grandmother) I can be, I need to take care of me too. I’m committed to creating that Balance in 2016.
2) I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years now and love it. It’s been an outlet for me to share and connect and has offered endless opportunities for me to learn while being a Stay At Home Mom. I am constantly looking for more Balance in managing my work load. Blogging can be completely overwhelming and hard to “put down” considering the virtual world of social media is always open for business. Finding an organized Balance with blogging is just one more area I plan to focus on in 2016.
3) My other focal point is to find a better Balance with my health. This ties in to finding my self-happiness and making me a priority. At almost 42 years old, I’ve learned that my body is not as forgiving as it once was. It needs to sleep better, exercise more often, drink more water, and enjoy consistently healthier food choices. As a Metformin-popping Diabetic with a horrible genetic predisposition for the worst complications Diabetes can offer, I have to find a way to Balance my health needs NOW, even with everything else on my plate. I lost my Mom to complications from Diabetes when she was just 59 and I wasn’t even close to ready for that (not that we ever truly are).
So, I have my work cut out for me in 2016. I’m up for the challenge and will be actively pursuing Balance in my life every single day this year…as a Mom, as a Blogger, and as a healthy person who wants to be around to choose a new word each year for the next few decades!
Get ready for 2016 and choose your One Word.