I guess yesterday would have been the day for a post about resolutions, it being my first post of the new year and all. But there was no way I could write a post about my hopes and dreams for the year to come without mentioning the major, major fact that this year will be my first as a new mom. So first I told you about the baby, now I’m telling you about my resolutions. I am actually pretty into goal-setting and all that, but I try to resist the temptation to make sweeping and unrealistic proclamations of how things will be different this year. More like just tweaking and adjusting my focus towards things I may already have in the works. Without further adieu, I give you my goals:
- Be an awesome parent. Isn’t this what everyone with kids wants? I feel like I’ve got a pretty good shot, since part of my work is coaching parents, but folks everywhere are quick to assure me that it’s completely different when it’s your own kid. My goal for the first half of this year is to learn as much as I can about parenting little ones (a blind spot for me since all my clients are five and up). After baby arrives, I’ll be trying my darnedest to actually remember and reference some of what I’ve learned instead of just reacting with panic to whatever this little tyrant throws at me. Easier said than done, I’m sure.
- Balance. One thing the first 12 weeks of pregnancy taught me is that it’s not the end of the world if I slow down a bit. The blog will keep running, the housework will wait, and the neighborhood Christmas committee will not come after me for not having the most festive home on the block. I know that the arrival of a child in my life will put obscene amounts of strain on my time and energy. My priorities will shift, and I need to make sure that I make enough time for me (and Nick, and baby) to rest and reconnect.
- Projects. That said, there are some things I want to get done around here. I’m determined to wrap up some unfinished projects: the office slash family room and the wing chairs, namely, as well as get a good start on that nursery. I’ve only got about six months, so I better get a move on. Who knows what I’ll be working on the second half of the year. I’m just gonna wait and see what happens.
That’s it. I think three is a good, solid number of realistic and attainable resolutions. But really, these are only for now until July. I have no idea what life will be like after this kid shows up. My goals for the second half of the year will probably be: survive, survive, and lose the baby weight. I’ll be doing good if I can just knock out the first two.