December 30, 2017

2017: The End

There’s just one day left in this year and I am actually quite ready to get ‘er done. I realized this morning that this year was rough. Though I wonder if it’s because I didn’t put in much effort to make things great.  I’m going to make things happen in 2018.

As I was making a list of goals for the new year, I broke it down into categories:

  1.  Things to try.
  2.  Things to quit.
  3.  Things to change.
  4.  Things to continue.

I want to try sewing.  I got a sewing machine for Christmas last year (2016) and it made it out of its box but I haven’t used it once.  I found it was easier to make excuses.  “I don’t know how to sew!”  or “I don’t have time to learn!”  Not going to let myself off the hook this time.

I want to quit being quick to anger.  Sometimes, when I’m having a bad day or when the boys just aren’t listening, I will become so frustrated and lose patience and then start yelling.  I immediately feel guilty after my tantrum.  I’ve been reading up on ways to not lose my temper and I’m going to implement these techniques.

I want to change my fitness routine.  Sometimes my motivation falls by the wayside after just a few weeks of working out.  Instead of doing the same old routine I”m going to shake things up.  I’ve signed up for yoga and this kills two birds; it helps me to be calm (eliminating anger) and it keeps things interesting.

I want to continue being present at home with my children.  Sometimes I worry about all the things I have to get done, but over the last few months I’ve been more conscious of time and work hard to interact with my kids in meaningful ways.  Gannon and I have read books almost daily for the last year, and I truly enjoy this time with him.  Owen and I have gone on dates together, too.  I like connecting with him one-on-one.  As the middle child I know he often feels shorted on time with me.  And with Dawson, I make a point to ask him about his day and find out what’s going on in his life.

I think 2018 will be a much better year!

Posted by Dana @ 9:18 PM • Blogging,The Dana Files   

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