Hi friends! Happy Thursday!
I’m EXCITED to get a post up today. My plate has been a bit full lately + I whole heartedly believe in practicing what I blog about, so I’m making sure to take the time to take care of myself. Over here we SAVORED our first holidays with Maxwell. It is the sweetest thing to share him with our families during this special time of year. To see the joy he brings to everyone around him + feel the joy that he brings us as parents.
Today I wanted to recap the year + talk about areas for improvement. I’m not a huge resolution girl, but I do think it is a great time of the year to reflect + be honest with yourself about what you want to change + what you think is going well.
When reflecting back about the year, I think it is important to cover a few areas:
-Health. Including physical AND mental (stress levels, anxiety levels).
I won’t share all the reflection that I’ve done, but I certainly covered the above areas. Drew + I have open talks about where we are right now + where we want to go.
I thought there was no better way than to start with the highlights of 2016.
Maxwell Todd Kiefer: I will always be in love with 2016, it is the year that Maxwell came into our lives + made us parents. I’m telling you I spill tears of joy on a regular basis + I do my very best to never take motherhood for granted.
Helping women: This year I followed my heart + blogged about things could really make a difference for readers. Whether it was about adoption, infertility (here + here), women’s health issues, anxiety, postpartum mindset, etc. I received SO many emails from women reaching out + saying: Thank you for blogging about that Amy. I’ve been struggling with infertility and needed to hear that message. OR Thank you for your pelvic floor post, I went to see a women’s health physical therapist and I’m on the road to recovery. That is EVERYTHING to to me. And one of the coolest parts about it? Many of the topics covered are with the help of readers of the blog, that either reached out or excitedly agreed to help me spread the message. Thank YOU all for being amazing women that are willing to share your stories + knowledge.
Watching Drew become a dad: Drew is an incredible husband, so I had no doubt that he would make an incredible daddy. But it is the way he loves it + the way he goes out of his way to be such a great teammate in parenting. Max + Drew bring each other endless amounts of happiness + I’m lucky to get to be the one that witnesses it most often.
Dayshift nursing: I had to add this point. Oh my goodness, I’m SO glad to be *mostly* off nightshift. I feel healthier + happier now that I’m not having to adjust my sleeping patterns constantly. Seeing the patients in the light of day + getting to know them better has been an additional blessing of 2016. I don’t talk about my job a whole heck of a lot, but working on a cancer floor has taught me more about life in the last 3 years than I could’ve ever imagined. I still love this post about the love I’ve witnessed while taking care of cancer patients.
Trip to Kauai: Our favorite trip of all time. We took one last trip before we became parents + LOVED it. Kauai is the prettiest place I’ve ever seen + it provided endless adventures for us. We enjoyed our growing baby bump + most importantly alone time together.
And as always, there are areas for improvement. I’m sharing mine to inspire you to reflect on your 2016.
Areas for Improvement:
Eating: Drew + I have been talking about areas that we can improve eating wise. We have decided together on what areas to improve in, even taking the opportunity to cross a few things off our grocery list. See ya later cheese + bacon. And hello to lots more vegetables. We also want to get more creative with dinner a couple times a week.
Blogging: Being consistent with posting, growing an email list, starting to transition from a hobby to a business are at the top of the list. I’m excited to share a couple of new things with ya’ll very soon, including a special project that I’ve started working on. A phrase that comes to mind for this is to work smarter not harder. As I reflected I looked at areas that I completely ignoring even though I know they would help with growth + made myself start to research how I want to move forward. Essentially time to push out of my comfort zones + try new things behind the scenes.
Working out: I’ve been doing a good job of getting workouts in, but I want to consistently get to the gym vs. always doing home workouts. Why? The gym has heavier weights + lifting heavier aligns with my goals. Drew + I know that we need to PLAN EACH WEEK when our gym times will be.
Cleaning: We are having a hard time keeping up with our organization + cleaning over here. In all honesty, I put it on the back burner. I prioritize spending time with Maxwell + Drew, working out, blogging, going to sleep on time OVER it. But alas, Drew + I both LOVE when our house is clean + agree we can do a better job at working together to accomplish this. Our idea is that once a month we’ll have a cleaning day together, meaning we will have time to deep clean everything. On a day to day basis, I need to be neater. I have small goals, for example putting my clothes away right away when they are fresh out of the dryer (why is this SO hard for me, anyone else?!).
Unplugging: A few of my friends gave me some really awesome ideas about how they unplug in a recent conversation. One just turns her phone off every single Sunday, no questions asked. I haven’t decided exactly what this looks like for me, but one thing I really love doing when I have a day home with Maxwell is to FULL on invest in giving him all my attention for one of his awake periods. No phone, no blogging, no cleaning (haha, see above)…just being with him. Whether we play, read, talk/babble. I know that having time like this with my husband is also very important, so finding way to get blogging/social media done earlier + then spending full focused time with my guys is the goal.
How did your 2016 look? What areas are you looking to improve in?
Thank you, thank you, thank you for stopping by to read. I’m going to have another post up tomorrow, so check that out!