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Mama’s Resolutions for the Coming Year

78342111_d06b396a46_zYou could say that this past year was a big one for my daughter, E, and me – life-changing really. I found my sense of independence after living with my mother for many months. I moved out, found a place for E and me to call home, I turned the big 3-0, finalized my divorce, and started living life as a full-time working single mother.

E began the year by switching from an in-home daycare to a daycare center. She toddled her way through three different toddler rooms and many ear infections. Her verbal skills have soared above anything I thought possible in such a short time. From only saying one two-syllable word to now singing whole songs and being able to have a real conversation. She’s grown up so much in just a short time!

It’s crazy how much can change in one year!

I’ve never been one to make resolutions for the New Year and stick to them. But this past year was eye opening and gave me a lot to reflect on. I’m starting to like the person I’ve become after the last 30 years. I don’t want to become a “new me” but I do have things I’d like to work on, or try, or make into habits – so here are a few of this mama’s resolutions for 2017:

  1. Try New Things

    • New hobbies! I have a list a mile long of different crafts, skills, etc. that I want to learn. I’m going to make a conscious effort in the upcoming year to try a few of them. I decided to try embroidery this year, which was something I’d wanted to do for months, and I love it! It’s very relaxing for me and I love the creativity behind it. (Liz from Cozy Blue Handmade is wonderful and I love her embroidery kits and monthly stitching club)
    • New foods! I want to try new foods and I also want to learn to cook new foods! That should be easy since I’m not that much of a chef…
    • New clothes! I want to branch out and try new styles, patterns, switching up my wardrobe. 
  2. Putting The Phone Away

    • In today’s culture, everything is just one click away on our phones. We are so tuned in; often you can find a group of people not talking to each other, with everyone zoned in on their cell phone. My goal is to spend more time being present and interacting with the people around me.
  3. Take Time For Myself

    • It’s easy to skip over yourself when planning your schedule and trying to fit in work, parenting, visiting family, running errands, cooking dinner, eating, putting kids to bed, trying to get a certain number of hours of sleep, spending time with significant others, trying to see your friends, etc. Life gets in the way of making time for yourself. My goal is to try to take some time every once in awhile for myself. Whether it’s reading for ten minutes before bed or taking a bath after a long day.

What about you? Do you make resolutions or goals for the coming year? What are some of yours for 2017?

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