Happy New Year!!! We made it. I personally am a huge fan of the New Year. And Mondays and the beginning of the month, I love it all. I love a fresh start. A time to let go and start over and do better and change things that you're not so crazy about. The New Year is so hopeful.
I don't make resolutions, just goals. It seems the theme this year from what I'm seeing from a lot of people is to get organized, live simply, be more present, eat clean, take time for self care, let go of guilt. Those line up with mine as well. Organizing and living simply is so high on my list. I've already bought 3 planners in an effort to be more organized. Not on purpose, I just forgot I had already bought them, sooo that's going well.
With three crazy kids who don't listen and hate picking up, our house is nuts. It's so hard to stay on top of things. The laundry, the toys, the dishes, on top of trying to do activities and play with the kids and take a shower, it seems impossible and completely overwhelming. It's so easy to fall into the mindset of how do other moms do this? Why do their houses look perfect on instagram and I can't post my photo because then they'll know I haven't vacuumed in days? It's really hard and time for me to take control of it.
I've decided to be pretty cut throat. Everything must go, nothing is safe. Kid crafts, cute, but garbage. Clothes from ten years ago that I just assumed will fit again one day, get real Lydia, not gonna happen, garbage. Everything, garbage!
Self care is so important too. After being a mom for the last 5 years and I'm pretty sure this is a life time gig, I've stopped doing things I love like showering, and changing my clothes daily, along with reading and writing and visiting with other adults. This is something I need to do, carve out time to do and not feel guilty about it.
How exciting to have a New Year to start fresh and do better, They, whoever they are, say "When you know better you do better." I know better now. I know the house is too stressful to keep doing it the way I've been doing it, I know that not taking time to still feel like Lydia is not making me a better mom, just the opposite, So here's to doing better in 2018! You've got it mama's! Let's do better together.