Well, we’re already over a week into the New Year and as usual, there is so much talk swirling around about resolutions and starting fresh. It’s practically all you hear about if you watch the news or scroll social media. Resolutions come in many shapes – the majority of them tend to revolve around health and fitness, spending more time with family or being a better person.
Recently, yours truly and the rest of the Lake Country Family Fun team got together for a fun lunch to chat about our successes in 2017 and about what we’re looking forward to this year. Let me just tell you – there is a LOT on the horizon, so stay tuned!
We had fun talking about our personal goals for LCFF, our growth, as well as some of our individual resolutions so we thought it’d be fun to share them with all of you.
I have quite a few goals for the New Year – including all of the ones I mentioned above, but there is one specific goal I really want to hone in on more. In 2018, I want to be more present. My full time job is in digital marketing; I run a personal blog, have a few side jobs and am probably more obsessed with social media than I should admit. My cell phone is basically an extension of my hand, and I have been known to freak out if I (heaven forbid) misplace it, even for a few minutes. After a long day sometimes it feels good to just veg out and “see what’s going on in the world”. I’ll be the first to admit that I need to put down the cell phone and give my full attention to where I’m at in that moment. Going into the next 12 months, I’m going to work on being totally present in the moment, because it is what matters most.
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.” – Eckhart Tolle
Hi my name is Erin, and I’m a work-aholic! It’s true. I spend most weeknights working into the wee hours of the night on Lake Country Family Fun, updating, emailing, editing images, planning tomorrow out, etc… My 2018 resolution is to go to bed at a reasonable time every night. At the end of 2017, I even put a reminder on my phone to go to bed at 10:00 pm, but most days I ignored it. However, now I am really going to go to bed on time. This is so much more than just a decent bedtime. I also attempt to live a pretty naturally healthy life, my close friends and family can attest to this; and I know how important sleep is to my overall health and mood. I’m a better mom, wife, and friend when I’ve been properly resting. So, here’s to going to bed on time, having more patience, good mornings, and health! Good night!
Resolutions usually come easy to me! I am list-driven. My daily to-do lists generally reflect my over-arching life goals at the time. This year is harder though for me to come up with them. I have the usual goals of working-out more and eating better (which I actually did much better at in 2017 than prior years), but I wanted to focus on one thing different this year. So I came up with the resolution to try more new things with the boys (ages 5 and 3). My to-do lists can keep me from actually getting out and doing, so I’m going to put those aside more often, stop “doing things” and DO THINGS (does that make sense, ha?) Some things I want to try with the boys include Tae Kwon Do, Ice Skating, Skiing and hiking new areas. Unfortunately, one of my other resolutions is stay in budget so we will have to find ways to do things AND not break the bank. Wish us luck. Let me go write this down in a to-do list, just kidding.
I don’t think it’s a surprise that I’m a big resolution/intention setting type of gal. It’s always a good idea to do some reflection, find areas of improvement, and set goals. Towards the end of 2017, my husband and I individually created goals in the following categories and then shared them with each other. It was fun to check in and compare answers. Here are the categories along with my answers.
- Individual: Incorporate fitness into my daily routine. Specifically, get a solid home yoga practice going.
- Marriage: Spend one night per week together without TV.
- Parenting: Lessen my use of social media in front of the kids.
- Financial: Set aside money each paycheck for travel.
- Professional: Schedule blocks of time routinely to write. This whole blogging thing was brand new last year. Now that I’ve gotten my feet wet, I am hoping to hone in my skills through practice and dedication as it has turned out to be something I truly enjoy.
I also like to have themes for the year. Last year, my theme was to be more open which I definitely accomplished by deciding to share parts of my life through blogging. Between having two kids 2-and-under and deciding to stay home with them last year, there’s been a lot of big change happening. Our hope is for 2018 to be a year of being present in the moment and enjoying daily life without any huge shakeups. A re-calibration year. We shall see.
So there you have it, all of the goals and resolutions from your Lake Country Family Fun team. Tell us, what are you working on this year? We’d love to hear about these things in the comments!