It’s that time of year again, and this exercise has become something I not only look forward to, but something that really paves the way for what I need to focus on in the coming year. Reviewing last year’s resolutions, I am proud of myself for accomplishing all of them (to a certain extent). I’ve shared this in the past, I’m not super hard or strict with myself to keep all of my resolutions, but more so use them as a guideline for things I’d like to prioritize.
This upcoming year I’d like to focus on taking more control over my time. I often find myself struggling to find a good balance or consistent routine in my days since I’m literally juggling 3 different full-time jobs. Being a mom, a business owner (of 2 brands), and an Influencer demands such different versions of myself that I often feel out of control with my schedule and time management. I’d like to get better about carving out designated times for each of these so I don’t constantly feel overwhelmed by my to-do list.
With that, let’s dive into my 2024 resolutions!
+ Refine my morning routine: I’ve shared my journey into becoming a morning person, and while I’ve made significant progress in the past few months, I’m still a work in progress. I’ve contemplated HOW to fully transition into establishing a more consistent routine and I think my solution might be much like it is for my kids. At least to start (aka before it’s just occurs naturally), I’m thinking I need a visual guideline for the steps I need to follow in the morning. Often times my morning gets derailed by a screaming child or a work demand and then I forget to finish up my routine. This is pretty silly of me, but I’m going to list out the things I’d like to do first thing in the morning to ensure they all get done, and ideally in the same order every morning, and hang it up in my closet.
It will just be a simple list that says:
- Brush teeth
- Light makeup
- Get dressed
- Vitamins / supplements
- Put kids’ lunches into backpacks
- Get kids ready for school
- Matcha / Coffee
+ Patience with the kids: NGL, since we no longer have a nanny and I’m spending a ton more time with the kids I find myself snapping a lot more. I know it’s bound to happen, but I really feel my fuse getting shorter and shorter with each passing little incident. I constantly have to remind myself that they are still little and I need to be more patient, even if it requires me to repeat myself or try to rationalize with a VERY irrational upset kid. I’m sure all parents can relate, but the whole “why don’t you listen?!” frustration is just so f*cking real. TBH on how I address this issue, but it’s probably a me problem.
+ Design the laundry room: I’m manifesting this for 2024 because currently Paul is not on board with my idea. Long story short, we made our current laundry room inside the garage and it’s just not ideal. I avoid laundry because the location is inconvenient, and tbh, it’s just not that exciting to be in. And as a family of 4, we have A LOT of laundry every week. I have spent pretty much the entirety of the 2 years I’ve lived in my house thinking about all the possible options for putting a laundry room inside the house in a spot that would actually be functional and add value to the house. My solution: one of the playrooms (yes, we have 2!!) turns into the laundry room. This would obviously eliminate a bedroom from the house (thinking of future buyers), but I feel like anyone who is in charge of doing the laundry for the family would appreciate my vision more than a bedroom that’s kind of in a random spot (it’s off the kitchen). I need support here, any realtors in the building please DM Paul and let him know this should 100% be considered!!
+ More self-care days: I often feel guilty taking time for myself to do, well, nothing, on work days. I feel like I’m spread so thin that anytime I can be in the office I should be. However, I think for my mental sanity (& mood towards everyone) I need to make a point of carving out a day for myself to actually relax. We have amazing spas / resorts around us that I could easily just spend a few hours getting a massage and reading a book by the pool completely undisturbed and solo. Recharging is so important when you live the way I do (48978479729742 things going on at all times), so I’m making this a priority next year.
+ Take a cooking class: I love to cook and tend to gravitate towards very simple recipes and ingredients, but I feel ready to take things to the next level. Not to say I’m bored with what I’m cooking, I just feel slight enhancements and improvements could be made (even if it’s just technique). Confidence in the kitchen can take time, and even as someone who cooks most days, I find certain recipes daunting and I avoid them because of that. I could see this being a fun thing I do with girlfriends, OR maybe Paul will finally develop some interest in cooking if we do a class together.
+ Try therapy: I know I’m [very] late to the game here, but I’ve never really thought of myself as a person who “needs” therapy. However, I am all about self improvement, especially as a mom, and having an outside perspective might just be exactly what I need to tackle any issues that I probably don’t even realize I have. I’ve become more interested in this recently, as so many people have shared their therapy journey with me after I admitted to having a hard time losing my patience with my kids. I plan to book some sessions in the new year and see what all the hype is about. Keep you guys posted.
I think that’s all! I like to keep the goals fairly short and attainable, which I feel is the key to achieving them. Hope you all have a fun and safe New Years Eve! See you in 2024!