Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Goals for 2016

WELP, we've already finished another year. It seems like life as a family of four is still so new, yet at the same time it feels like we've been at this forever. I finished my #12in12bookchallenge, bought a house, and learned that I can survive on a lot less sleep than I thought I needed.

Instagram year in review, AKA babies r us.
With this being New Years Eve, I'm finally taking the time to sit down and think about how I want to approach this year. I have lofty goals, but I know that making little changes will help me at least get closer, even if I don't get to where I want to go. In 2016 I want to be happier, healthier, and more loving than I am today.

I realize that these aren't concrete goals like the ones on my bucket list (now that I come to think of it, I didn't cross anything off of that this year... unless you count the #12in12bookchallenge as a book club?). But here's the official breakdown of how I intend to accomplish this by this time next year:

1. More face time - IT is so, so, shamefully easy to spend time in front of screens instead of having a conversation. I am not afraid to admit anytime I need to wait for something for more than a minute or two, I'm pulling out my phone. Maybe it's for solitaire, maybe it's for blog reading, maybe its texting someone I haven't talked to in a while. But would it really kill me to keep it in my pocket for 15 minutes and make eye contact with someone else? We're losing something valuable with the increase in technology and phone apps, and I don't want to be the reason face time contact fades away.

2. Read more books - I was so proud of myself to finish my book challenge. As anyone who knows me well can attest, I am terrible at reading books and 9 times out of 10 I'll watch anything on TV instead. But reading books this year has taught me a lot about self control and stories outside of the boob tube... so I'm doing it again. Still sticking to a book a month though... I'm not Superman.

3. Embrace a new hobby - My five-star husband gave me the Christmas gift that keeps on giving: a sewing machine. I haven't used one since middle school, but back in the day I could hold my own. There are a billion Pinterest crafts I've wanted to attempt but couldn't because of my lack of this gem, but finally, I will be sewing all the things!! ...or at least attempting. I'm giving myself some slack for being rusty.

4. Make time to take care of myself a priority - This is along the same lines as most of my other resolutions, but it needs to be said. It's common knowledge that a lot of moms quickly lose themselves in devoting their lives to their children. Feeding, diapering, driving to and from soccer practice, etc. But I can't be a great mother if I'm not together myself. I need to remember that it's ok to put them in the high chair or Bumbo seat with Netflix on and take a fast shower. It's ok to hand off the kiddos to Daddy so I can have a night out with the ladies. It's ok to tell them sometimes, "No, you need to play by yourself for a bit so mommy can put on some lipgloss and feel like a human again." I shouldn't wait until I'm at a breaking point to give myself time to breathe... when I do, everyone around me suffers. And that's no bueno.

5. Pray every day - I am terrible at praying. I go through phases when I am SO GOOD and then times when I realize I haven't had words with the Big Guy in a week of two. I have plenty of opportunities to schedule a few minutes for prayer, and in 2016, that is getting written on the calendar in pen, not pencil. Some of my favorite time-friendly (but still awe-inspiring!) devotionals are as follows... you should check them all out. Or just one. Or all of them.

By women, for women, these daily devotionals (readings included!) are sent right to my email every morning. The best is reading them before mass so I can somewhat follow along with tots in tow. Rock star community included.
I just received this as a Christmas gift and I already love it. Remember my rant in #1 about trying now to use my phone in waiting rooms and such? This has a designated spot in my diaper bag for those very occasions.
Mass appeal, and the only man-friendly option I've listed here. Beautiful devotions designated for each day of the year, so it's great accountability if you lose your spot.
6. Get into a workout regimen (for real this time) - This is everyone's favorite resolution and usually the first one to go. I'm working very hard to remind myself that I am a steward of this temple, and vegging out on the couch all day is not helping me out. When I am more active I have more energy, I am happier, and I am more willing to get off my butt and take my kids to the park (...or to get ice cream. But we can walk there!). Every little bit counts, and there is no time like the present. If I want to be the best wife, mother, and daughter of the King I can be, I need to act like I want to stay alive long enough to enjoy it.

7. Cut the crap: use portion control! - Hand in hand with #6, getting healthy means not eating a salad with chicken and bacon and ranch that's the size of my head. Even healthy food needs potion control, and I really have a hard time stopping when it tastes oh. so. good. Potato chips, I'm looking at you. This will be yet another way to practice self-control and teach me to put what is best on top of my carnal desire for more steak. More delicious, juicy steak.

Obviously these are not in order of importance, but they are at least a start to get me there. I'm already halfway through my January book AND I plan to shower today. Great practice for this coming year.

What goals have you set for 2016? Let me know in the comments below!

Talk to you next year! ;)


  1. Justine, I can totally relate to everything you said, lol! My New Year's resolutions are (of course) diet, exercise, and prayer -- the trifecta of happy, healthy, holy Catholic motherhood. Also, I'm resolving to help my hubby and 6 kids with their resolutions. May you have a great 2016!!

    1. Thanks Karee! It's always important to cover all of the bases with the NYE resolutions... I'm sure you'll be helping the fan do the same. Let's see where we end up next year! ;)