We did well with the goals that we set for 2014. We’re eating healthier, we’re making more at-home, we’re reading with the kids, reading ourselves and have explored a lot throughout the summer. Onward to 2015, there are a few things that have made it on our list to make our lifestyles even healthier (ditching the take-out) and spending even more time exploring.
Water Water Water | Drinking more water goes on my goals list every month, and every year, respectively. It’s something that I find incredibly challenging, unless we are out for dinner and the water is being constantly refilled. Why it’s so hard to walk to the water cooler at home and refill the damn bottle is beyond me – but this is the year I’m going to nail it. 2014 was the year of changing how we eat, successfully, so adding a bit of water into the mix shouldn’t be hard, right?
Get Knocked Up | Though January was my ideal time to get pregnant, I think we may have missed that bout with the last week of hellish sickness, hand foot and mouth, coughing and generally being incredibly busy through the holidays – and not that kind of busy. Full nights of sleep are overrated, and three kids are just as easy as two, right? Just smile and nod with me on that one.
Kids Bank Accounts | The kids have their RESPs all set up and monthly contributions going in, but I want to start doing something more. I want to open bank accounts for the kids and start contributing monthly for the things that the RESP may not completely cover when they’re older. The travel, the help with a down payment on their first home – somewhere to deposit the birthday money they receive, and a way to open the conversation about saving with the kids and deposit some of the money that they received during the holidays.
Get to Onyx | A level above gold, Onyx Airmiles card holders have to reach the threshold of 6,000 Airmiles earned in one year to become a part of the program. It should be easy enough, since one recent trip to Safeway Yeilded us over 800 airmiles, with only $200 spent on the items that we regularly purchase, stock-up on. Safeway isn’t in our neighborhood, so it’s going to be a bit of a task to make that monthly trip – but with all of the online shopping that we do, and the great offers available, I think with a little attention it should be doable.
Read 100 Books | I nearly broke 100 books in 2014, but then December got in the way and cramped my style. I power read through a few books on weekends away, try to read every night before bed (I usually fall asleep with the iPad in my hand) and read in the morning before the kids awake. I find my inspiration on the table of Costco, and download the books so I can read them conveniently, without having piles of book clutter in our house.
As part of the 100 book challenge, I want to read 1o of those with Olivia. We’ve started Matilda at bedtime. Four chapters in, and she is adoring the story, and has fallen in love with chapter books.
Try 52 New Recipes | We get in recipe slumps, and trying new things usually takes more time than I want to spend in the kitchen making meals. I mean, I spend enough time in there, right? With all of the bread baking, and the juice making – I’m spending a couple of hours in the kitchen every single day. Jamie constantly sends me recipes that he thinks would be fantastic, and this is the year that I’m going to start making them.
Overcome | I’m not sure what I am going to overcome this year. Perhaps traveling alone (I get flustered, and terrified that I’m going to get lost) – but that’s one of the things that I’m going to overcome this year.
Weekly Date Workout Day | Once a week, we are going to head to work out class together. We’ve got family close by, and more than a handful of neighbors, so this is a feasible way to get out, together – and do something that’s good for us. During the winter, I’m thinking spin class or hot yoga, but once summer comes around we can put those bikes we splurged on during the summer to good use.
Take the Kids on 3 Vacations | The kids are getting old enough now that we’re starting to look through adventure books, talk about traveling and try and explain the concept of just how large the world is. This is the year of giving experiences not things (Okay, after the spoiled Christmas we’ll start) and I want to take the kids on at least three vacations, to three different places. Top of my list? Mexico, for a mid winter relaxing week away, New York City and San Francisco.
Plan 2 Kid Free Weekends | Weekends away together, without the kids, are one of my favorite ways to refresh. I always come back from weekends away feeling as if I’ve hit the refresh button on being a Mom, ready to tackle the next couple of months with a fresh mindset.
Simplify | The stuff, the schedule, the house. I want to simplify it all in 2015 – finding ways to save time and enjoy the things that really matter.
Spend Sixty Minutes Outside | Easy in the summer, when we’re outside from the moment we wake up in the morning, the winter is a bit more challenging (though we’ve had it easy this year so far). It’s easy to get caught in the world of pajama days, indoor playgrounds and indoor activities so I want to embrace the winter and make sure that we’re spending at least sixty minutes outside, daily, regardless of the temperature.
Skiing Lessons | Technically, crossing off learning to ski would be crossing off something that scares me, because I am far less than coordinated, not balanced at-all and generally clumsy. This year, I would love to take ski lessons with Olivia, and learn something together.
Get Back Into the Habit of Stocking Up | Aside from diapers, which we’ve already got six months worth of before we’ve even started trying for a third child, I would like to get back into the habit of stocking up on the everyday stuff: the toothpaste, the household stuff, the clothes for the next season for the kids, the shoes – I would like to get back into the habit of stocking up (to a normal degree, no stock pile rooms) and save a few moments of running out to grab something that we’ve run out of.
Slow down time | Being present with the kids, spending more time at-home, avoiding over scheduling ourselves, spend more time together away experiencing adventures are four of the ways that I’ve found to slow down time with the kids. Slowing down time is simple when you think about it, it’s as simple as living in the moment and stopping wishing the days away or counting down. Slowing down time is going to be one of the themes that’s most important for 2015 – because it’s true what they say, time passes quicker and quicker as the years go on.