2017 isn’t quite over yet, but as I’m starting to plan for 2018 (I’ve been trying to work on this all month, but things have been a little crazy over here!), it’s always helpful to go back and see what worked and what didn’t before jumping into new ideas and plans for the year ahead.
2017 was also a BIG year for me. Grew a business, had a baby, learned how to navigate life as a self-employed, work-from-home mama with a husband who travels every week. It was definitely a challenge that some days felt victorious and other days meant scratching out the whole to-do list and staying on the couch in our jammies all day.
Looking back on the goals I set for myself, way back before I even became a mama and realized how much a baby changes everything you thought you knew, I actually feel more accomplished than I felt going into writing this post. Many months, goals didn’t get finished. Some didn’t happen at all. And other months, I managed to knock out everything on my list. Learning the flexibility needed to juggle all I want to do has helped immensely in letting go of what just isn’t going to happen so that the things that matter CAN happen.
1. Increase self-awareness and knowledge in order to be a strong woman in today’s world. // There is so much I want to learn and do this year, and knowing I also need to give myself rest and a balance of self-care alongside motherhood, this is here to remind me to not neglect myself.
This was a very vague goal for something I had in my head and couldn’t get out on paper well. But looking back through my monthly goals, I feel I actually accomplished this, though not quite the way I had expected to when I wrote it down. I managed to read way more than I thought I’d have time for. I stopped and gave myself a break when I needed it. My business may have grown slower than I wanted, but I didn’t go crazy trying to adapt to my new routine without giving myself some grace. I learned what works for me, how I function best, how to best manage my time and schedule to make what matters most happen.
2. Look UP every day to remember what matters most. // “It has been said that to know the mystery of life we must turn our face toward the sun, for only when we look upward can we begin to understand.”
Daily reflection on where and WHO we get our purpose from has helped immensely in succeeding in the first goal above as well as simply functioning through this crazy, fun, challenging year.
3. Give myself grace as I learn to be a mother. // The to-do list can wait.
Many, many days of this. I had many months with a goal of “Cross something off each day” which meant crossing it off at the BEGINNING of the day, not the end just because it wasn’t getting done. Crossing things off at the beginning of the day opened up my brain and my calendar for breathing room which is a necessity for every new working mama.
4. Cultivate relationships well. // Continue to grow and give to the husband, friends, family, neighbors. We spent the last two years building a community, so that we could have people to surround us as we start this next adventure as parents, and all relationships need to be tended regularly.
This didn’t happen how I expected it to. We used to have monthly dinners and invite friends over. Now we have friends who invite themselves over, which we love. While I may not have cultivated wide relationships, there were few that went deep and gave us exactly what we needed in this season. Without me even really giving it much forethought.
5. Build back up to marathon-ready fitness level. // Ambitious, I know. I am longing for my usual training routine and am excited to get back to feeling myself and teaching my child to be strong and confident.
Hahaha. How ambitious I thought I was to do this. When it came time to start really thinking about a marathon this year, my heart was just not in it. The logistics of figuring out where and when to pump for long runs, for race day, were too annoying for me to want to deal with. The long hours of training did not sound fun. Instead, I aimed for a half. Granted, it was the half I keep swearing to never run again, but it was enough of a challenge to give me the comeback I needed this year, post-baby. And this week I have started training finally for a 26.2 race in the Spring, which was one of my December goals. I’m feeling ready now, so we will see where this goes in 2018.
6. Build consistency and growth in my business. // The flexibility of working for myself is an incredible privilege right now, and I have a lot of items in the works to grow Celebration Nutrition to be able to continue this career well and allow me to spend time with my family.
I was able to take as much time off for maternity leave as I needed. I am able to do work I absolutely LOVE every day and still enjoy lunch dates with my girl every day. I have worked on some cool projects. And I’m about to relaunch my website, which has been a really fun challenge in teaching myself a whole new level of technology, marketing, and business. Looking forward to even more growth next year as I streamline business systems, simplify services, and focus on doing what makes my heart happy every day – feeding and educating women, mamas, and families with plant-based nutrition and zero dieting. Thank you for following along on this journey!