Happy 2019! I can’t quite get my head around the fact that we are kicking off a brand new year again and heading towards the second week of January. It feels like yesterday I was sitting down to write this post for 2018 and yet here we are at the end of another holiday season. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always gotten post-holiday blues and while now I don’t (generally ;)) cry at the end of the holidays anymore, I do get a strong sense of melancholy as the end approaches. I technically haven’t been on holiday and I don’t have an office to get back to but having my husband on leave for almost four full weeks (this is the longest break he’s ever taken), the excitement of Christmas with a little person and the long-awaited arrival of friends from overseas, this holiday season has been a spectacular one and I’m sad to see the end of it. But that being said, we’ve eaten too much, definitely spent too much and had far too many late nights so there is a part of me that is looking forward to getting back into our routine again!
I took a proper break from blogging and the pressure of social media over December which gave me a chance to reflect and think about what my goals for my blog are for 2019. I always find stepping back from something, especially my blog, gives me the chance to look at it with fresh eyes and reignite my creativity. I’ve got loads of content ideas that I’ll be working on over the next few weeks; I’ll be reviving my Season Favourites series again and kicking off with my Summer Essentials as well as sharing my hot holiday reads and beauty products I’ve been loving.
The end of 2018 was an incredibly hectic one for me and it was a good lesson for me in realizing that I cannot do it all. I am at home full-time with Oliver as well as doing freelance HR work and blogging so my days are pretty full. As much as I like to think I can keep all the balls in the air at the same time, I definitely stretched myself too thin and got myself quite frazzled about reaching deadlines and managing my commitments – which I have realised is not good for anyone. I’m not big into New Year’s resolutions but I do like to set goals for myself so the first one for me this year is to manage my time a little better (which with a toddler is a challenge in itself!), prioritize and learn when to say no – and that it’s actually OK to say no and not have to explain myself. I’ve also made a commitment to myself to use one of Oliver’s nap times a week for me to read a book, have a nap, drink tea, vegetate on the couch or paint my nails – 2 hours to regroup and recharge my batteries. I know I’m not alone when I say that as moms we tend to put ourselves last but I know I can’t be a good mom or wife on an empty tank and self-care is equally as important as the rest of my to-do list. And thirdly, my goal is to be consistent with exercising again. I was doing really well and hit week seven of Sweat before things got too hectic and I fell off the wagon – this did also coincide with Oliver starting to move! But I love feeling healthy and strong so making time for exercise is important to me. I have started making the most of my early mornings though and going for long walks with Oliver and it really is the best way to start the day.
When I think back to this time last year, I find it hard to believe that it really was me in the newborn fog, managing a premie and figuring out how to be a mom. Those first few months were hard and it took me a while to find my feet and took me a long time to feel like myself again. Now, in the blink of an eye, we’ve found our groove and I can;t remember a time when I wasn’t a mom, covered in sticky rice crackers with cheese in my hair 😉 I just want to bottle up my toddler and keep this delicious, ridiculously cute bundle who gives me the squishiest hugs and soggiest kisses, just as he is. One is my favourite age so far. Watching Oliver learn and explore, his curious and inquisitive nature that has him desperate to figure things out and the naughty smile and cheekiness he dishes out has to be one of the most rewarding parts being a mom. He has us rolling with laughter at his antics and he amazes me everyday with the things he’s learnt or discovered. His unconventional bum scooting is crazy cute and provides a lot of entertainment – and it’s effectiveness is pretty impressive too! Something I’m trying to be more conscious of is being present when I’m with him. It’s so easy to reply to a quick email or scroll through Instagram for a few minutes but it is a big distraction. He’s at an age now where he wants to show me things and get me involved in what he’s doing so I’m making a point of putting my phone down when I’m with him and give him my full attention (except for taking the 300 photos of course 😉 )
I’m entering 2019 with a happy heart and full belly, ready for the challenges and adventures that lay ahead. What are some of your goals for the new year? Do you make resolutions when the clock strikes 12?
Wishing you all a fantastic 2019, a year which brings health and happiness, smiles and laughter.