Monday, January 9, 2017

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This picture has nothing to do with this post, but that face!

I feel like a lifetime of things has happened since I last blogged. We headed down to Dallas to cheer on our alma mater in the Cotton Bowl and while we lost, it was an AMAZING experience (but that's a post for another day), Hadley had her six month well child appointment, I came down with a brutal fever/ear infection, read TWO WHOLE BOOKS (you guys have to read this one), worked my way to the bottom of my Bravo-filled DVR, and Hadley started eating solid foods. We've been busy!

But today we're here to talk about the fact that it is 2017 - actually nine days into 2017?! I don't know how that happened. I was a little sad to see 2016 go, I mean can you ever top the year that you give birth to your first child? No but really, can you? I have this irrational fear that the best year of my life is now behind me, haha. I am excited for the new year though. I always love a good clean fresh start. Especially when last year really was SO all about baby, I'm excited to focus a bit more on myself this year. Joining on the blogland bandwagon, here are a few goals or resolutions or whatever you wanna call them, for 2017...

Lose that baby weight. I was doing so well this summer/early fall, and then once my jeans fit again, I started being less conscious about what I was eating and then came the holidays and I was just eating all the things. I've actually gained weight again and I'm still 8ish pounds up from before I got pregnant. We joined a gym in November and I've been loving working out, but bodies are just as much made in the kitchen so I need to get back to better eating again. (Got this cookbook for Christmas that should help with that!)

All things church. We've been terrible about going to church since Hadley has been born, so my number one goal is to make it there regularly on Sundays again. I would also love to get involved in a moms group at church and to start tithing again as well.

Date nights. Nick and I have not been out to dinner alone since June 24th, the night before we had the baby. Crazy, right?! I mean I know we just went on a vacation, but I believe those random night outs (even if it's just to get dessert or whatever) are important for a relationship. We don't have family in town, so it definitely makes things harder, but I'd like to try and do something once a month.

Present and contentment. Basically put down the damn phone. I love social media, but I also hate it, you know? I don't need to be scrolling Instagram when I could be spending time with my family and I hate that I can sometimes fall into the comparison trap of 'but her house is perfect, I want her closet, what color eyeshadow is that' etc. I just want to be present and be happy with everything I have, because everything I have is the best for me and is MORE THAN ENOUGH.

Bring it on 2017!
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  1. Great goals!! I'll have to check out that book! And my gosh-that little face; adorable!!

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  2. I love the being present goal especially, and not comparing. It's SO easy to do so in the world of social media where all people post are the pretty things. I also think it's super important for you guys to get some date nights together and I hope that happens for you two :)

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  3. I hope you get some date nights in - I can imagine how great it will be to have that alone time! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. I gave someone that Skinnytaste book for Christmas and was thumbing through it and totally almost kept it for myself! (And may have snapped a few pictures of recipes, shhh). But seriously everything looked so good! Why are date nights SO HARD now?? Nathan and I need them bad but mom guilt/baby sitter guilt/whatever always takes over and I chicken out. We are making it more of a priority this year too! I totally feel you on the phone thing. I have been trying to stay off of it from the time Nathan gets home, to when Camden is in bed and we have eaten dinner together. It is a struggle though (which is really dumb).

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  5. I know I don't have children but yes do invest in you time still. Find a few good babysitters that your friends recommend and use them. Too many ppl around us only want to use family and then they realize family doesn't always want to watch kids bc of things they want to do...But ppl wanting to earn money do! I remember my parents having a good list of reliable ppl they'd call for a night out. Hope you get one soon!

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  6. Great goals for the year my friend - 2017 is all about you and making time for yourself, your marriage and your faith. It's going to be fabulous! Going to check out that book now too x

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  7. Love your goals, and love that picture of your sweet girl!

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  8. great goals for 2017!! i totally agree with trying to be more present i need to work on that too. im glad to hear you're feeling better! everyone in our house has been sick with some kind of cold all month :( xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  9. Amazing thoughts going into the new year. The working out thing is so true, every bit of a different lifestyle starts in the kitchen as well. So hard when the food is SO good :)

    xo, Jess

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  10. I'm with you on the healthy thing... I gifted Tom a gym membership for Christmas... and up until Wednesday I was reaping the benefits like a mad woman... lol. Must. Get. Back. to it. And we totally need to be doing the same we date nights... we're as bad as you guys and we don't have a cute Hads! Love that picture of her. :)

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  11. These are such doable goals you will definitely achieve! You look amazing, so I bet any weight you have will be off in no time! How did you lose the baby weight so fast btw?? And I hope you're feeling better! Being sick with a baby is so tough! Happy New Year mama! XO

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  12. Awwww that face! Loved the snaps of her trying her first solid food yesterday - adorable! Can I just co-sign all your goals?! I've got about 10ish lbs. to lose the baby weight too, and went ham over the holidays eating and drinking all the things. We also need to get settled into a good church, and are watching our baby girl reach so many milestones already and I just want to yell slooooow down! Cheers to a fabulous week and 2017 gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

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  13. Yes! I absolutely love when you said about being present and not falling into the comparison trap. That is so important because what we all have is more than enough! I'm working on my fitness and health over here, too so if you need any motivation I'm here for you!

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  14. Love all of these!! 2016 was a great year but 2017 will be awesome too!! Going to church each week is my favorite routine. It just keeps me focused and refreshes me before tackling the week. I'm with you on the healthy goal for this year. I'm doing the 21 day fix right now and I know the workouts are important but the nutrition even more so. It's hard to stick to it but I know it will be worth it!

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  15. I am the same way with social media - a love hate thiing.
    Hang in there. Your girl will be a little older where you can do more date nights with the hubs. Those are important. Keep that on the front burner.

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  16. I completely agree about social media and contentment! Something I am hoping to work on this year as well! Actually, I can relate to pretty much all of your goals.. baby weight (ugh!), eating healthy (so hard!), and date nights!! So much yessss! :) Happy New Year!

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  17. Sounds like some great goals girl!! Setting the phone down and just being present is such an easy thing to say, but when it comes to actually doing it, it couldn't be harder! Yes to more date nights!!

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  18. love, love and love. Especially that last one... I've GOT to work on putting the phone down and being more productive in real life instead of cyber life. I've actually made the decision to lay off of blogging a little bit for a couple of months to refocus on other things and work on a few other projects I have coming up. And also... to spend Sundays doing something other than taking photos of myself (seriously, though). And YES to going to church more! I have got to get in a better habit.

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  19. Hadley is just too cute! I love all your goals! I am trying to shed off the baby weight as well, man it is tough and I am only at the beginning of it! I would love to join a mommy group of some kind, never really thought of one being at church but it makes sense. And yes to putting down the phone and being more present! 2016 was awesome for both of us with our girls being born, but I have a feeling that 2017 can be just as good as we watch them grow :)

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  20. Those are great goals! I wish I had known y'all were in Dallas-we could have taken y'all out to dinner! :)

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  21. Hadley is the cutest! Your trip looked like so much fun, I followed along on Snap! You have some great goals, being present is definitely something I'm already working on.

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  22. So many good things ahead of you in 2017. And I can assure you that it does get better than the first of year of your baby's life. Each year is better & better!

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  23. Those are all realistic attainable goals! And they are all on my list as well! We really need to be better about getting to church too... it's so hard sometimes with the little ones! Love that Hadley girl! She is so sweet!

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  24. Just another post that makes me wish we lived near each other- haha! Definitely hoping to focus a little more on myself this year, as well as our marriage! We have went out to dinner 2x since T was born and while it was amazing, we need to do it more often for sure!! I'm so bad about leaving my little guy though. We hope to get back into our regular church routine too, we have been missing it!

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  25. i think your last thing is the most important, i mean i love social media as well, but there are things i had to do to stop comparing myself - unfollow people, delete certain apps. it's just not healthy, not to mention it's a waste of your precious time :) hope you're able to knock all of these goals out and 2017 is a good year for you!

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  26. Girl, those are some awesome goals for 2017! I think this year is going to be so fun for you!

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  27. Fabulous and you totally got this! Cheers to the new year pretty Mama!

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  28. Yay for your goals! Definitely make time for those date nights! Y'all deserve it! xx, I'm Fixin' To

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  29. I'm glad you had such a great time in TX despite WMU's loss!

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