Good Morning and Happy New Year!
Last week felt like a bonus week, didn’t it? I took advantage of the time to get organized, reflect on 2017 and think about what I want for this year.My Process
To reflect on my year, I went through my entire Simplified Planner, taking note of how I spent my time. I wrote down my high points of each month- from completing Whole 30 in January with Rich, to the relaxing trip to Northern Michigan in February with my girlfriends to the epic toddler day we spent with Buel on his second Birthday.
In the end, there were two common themes. 2017 was the year that we found routines that worked for our family according to priorities. All the high points shared a common theme- they were times where I was fully engaged with the people I was with.
A Year of Lessons
Of course, along with high points come struggles and 2017 was another year of life lessons. Now that I’m on the other side of the year, I have found some clarity in my struggles.
This year was when I finally learned to rest. It was the year I learned that good things take time and sometimes it’s best to just pause and wait things out. It was the year I learned that my best is all I can do and that I can’t force my goals to happen. I’m ending the year with a lot more patience and comfort in slowing down.
2017 by the Numbers
- 132: the number of workouts I did this year (average 2 ½ per week)
- Seven times getting a babysitter and heading out for a Date Night with Rich (Our favorites: Band of Bohemia, Roister, Smyth and Oriole)
- Family Dates: Too many to count! (lots of breakfasts after church, adventures to local activities, the occasional dinner out and nights with friends)
- 32 Masses at Church attended as a family on Sundays
- Networking Events I attended: 25 (a lot of these were lunches during the work day or trips)
- 12 play dates with friends throughout the year (averaging one per month, which seems to be the perfect amount for us!)
- Meet ups with girlfriends: 10! This includes the occasional actual night out, book club nights and a handful of times meeting up to workout.
- 28 books read! (my favorite way to decompress)
- Six trips- three as a family and three by myself. I went to Michigan for a girls’ weekend and we went back for a wedding and Christmas. I also traveled to Napa and DC for work. As a family, we also took a road trip to Louisville!
2017 by Our Routines
Here are the things that worked well for our family this year:
- Keeping a shared family calendar and to-do list– especially important as we juggle two work schedules, daycare, workouts, meals, social and family time
- Prepping EVERYTHING the night before on weeknights- clothes laid out, bags packed, etc.
- Doing laundry and dish loads every other day versus letting them pile up
- Scheduling 2-3 blog posts for the week on the weekend
- Sending Birthday cards to my closest friends and family (and purchasing them once a month)
- Having a housekeeper deep clean our house twice a month
- Meal planning on Thursday and picking up groceries on Friday during lunch
- Reviewing our budget at the beginning of every month (using the same spreadsheet we’ve been using for the past seven years)
- Keeping track of family memories using Chatbooks and a File Box
- Prioritizing Self Care by getting my nails, hair and eyebrows done regularly and making time in my schedule to rest (by not scheduling too much)
- Figuring out our morning, evening and weekend routines so that we can fit in everything that’s important to us- including my Saturday morning workout + smoothie date with B and our non-negotiable Sunday family time
- Continuing to prioritize my friendships either by simply texting or making plans (way far out!)
All in all, I’m proud of how our year turned out. It did not seem like we did so much in the moment, but looking back it was a big year of slow, steady growth. I’m looking forward to the work we put in materializing in 2018.