2017 definitely brought growing pains and life lessons. For that I am THANKFUL. Now it’s time to take all that I learned and put it to good use in 2018. Here are 17 things I learned in 2017.
1. Being a mother of two children through growing pains, working full time, and sports. (STILL LEARNING, AND PROBABLY WILL FOREVER)
2. DON’T BACK DOWN :: If you believe it, go for it. Throughout 2017 I have learned that I am in control. Whether it is the people in your life, your career, how you spend your free time. If there is negativity surrounding you, you have the power to eliminate it.
3. Reading is good. I picked up my first adult read this year, in a very long time. I always tell myself I want to read more so I finally did it! I spent 4 years of college surrounding myself in Literature ( I have a BA of Arts in English Studies) so maybe subconsciously I was taking a “break.” I picked up The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines.
It was such a quick read, and really gave me the boost I needed. Not to mention they are seriously couple goals, and absolutely hysterical!! I definitely plan on picking up Magnolia Table : A Collection of Recipes for Gathering written by Joanna Gains, and Balancing in Heels by Kristin Cavallari. I’ll definitely keep you posted on them!
4. I found my niche! I love to cook. I actually look forward to cooking dinner for my family, finding healthy yet delicious recipes on Pinterest of course! Good thing I have three boys in my house because they definitely appreciate my efforts. In 2018 I want to see myself do a little more baking. It always ends up a little burnt …
5. DATE NIGHTS ARE PRETTY CRUCIAL : Believe it or not, after 10 years with my husband I still like the guy. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of moments where I’ve asked myself…
What exactly are you doing with this man child?
But then I look at everything we’ve built together, our two beautiful children and there is nothing more perfect. In fact – I might even let him give me a third baby! Haha
Either way, date it up and when you do, try not to talk about the kids. That is something we really focus on if and when we get time together. We’ve take more time together this year than we have in a long time, and next year we’re going on our first vacation since our honeymoon 5 years ago! 10 days kid free!
6. Health is more than weight : Since moving into our beautiful neighborhood I have enjoyed walks and all outdoor activities with the kids. Honestly they are what keeps me going, and with them I can be my healthiest. With the goal of a 20lb weight loss for our big trip to Costa Rica I plan on sharing on my Pinterest page different ways I can include my kids and meals we can all share that are truly healthy! 2018 is going to bring me a better sleeping pattern, fueling my body with H20, and breakfast that is not made out of a coffee bean.
7. Rainy Day Fund : Money can be a scary thing to talk about, but it makes the world go round. Making an extra mortgage payment, paying cash over card.
8. Morning Me Time : Don’t get me wrong, we’re already as tired as someone can be but it’s therapeutic waking up before my kids turning on Good Morning America and sitting with the Christmas tree lights on. That is one of my favorite things to do during the Holiday season. I take that time to reflect on my week, review my schedue, and just enjoy the peace and quiet.
WE NEED QUIET
9. STOP COMPARING : This is by far the hardest thing to do I feel in the world we live in. With so many forms of communication, social medica, etc. we can’t help but look at others and wonder why we don’t have that or why we don’t look like that. We have the choice to be the best versions of ourselves. If you don’t like something, change it. We as women need to stand together and empower one another.
10. Give back, it feels good!
11. Whatever it is you believe in … Find it and embrace it. I have been telling myself that I want to go to Church more, and raise my children in a Christian home – and its time I do it. I have learned that you have nothing if you don’t have faith in something.
12. Say Thank You, it feels good!
I gotta thank earnhardt
Springsteen, luke skywalker
For filling up my memory bank
I gotta thank jd, jim beam, mr. anheuser
For a friday night good time drink
I gotta thank mama and my daddy
For eighteen years then gasin’ up the chevrolet tank
No matter who you are
Everybody’s got somebody to thank
13. Never discredit your gut instinct : Trust in myself. I don’t remember a time my gut instinct has ever steered me wrong. Whether its love choices, parenting choices, a quick hair cut decision …
14. With that I am also happy I have learned to fail.
15. Take on change and run with it. There has been so much change in my life and surrounding the people closest to me. Don’t get me wrong, I have been scared, my anxiety has gotten the best of me but I’ve learned. That is the most powerful thing of all. I’ve learned that being open minded is much better than closed. That change brings opportunity. With new opportunities we are able to grow!
16. Temporary people leave us with permanent lessons – As I get older I have fewer people in my circle. Before that really bothered me, I used to feel that more was better! But the truth is, quality over quantity. If you’re not sitting at my table, that’s okay because I have who truly belongs there with me. That doesn’t mean these people aren’t good people, they just weren’t meant to be in our story.
17. My final thought on 2017 … Before you go assuming, try asking.