It's no secret that I've been riding the struggle bus for a while now. Hence the radio silence both here and on social media. I needed to take some time to re direct myself. Set some new focus - mostly on happiness. Which is going to take some time along with some changes I need to make. So with that, I'm hitting the refresh button for a new start this new year! I'm hoping to see some big changes for myself and my family!
Here's a quick run down of what's been going on, what my goals are for 2018, and what to expect to see/hear from me!
+ Michael worked crazy hours October - December. 7 days a week. 80-90 hours a week on the clock plus 3 hours a day of travel time. We barely seen him and I just about lost my mind. He was pretty exhausted too.
+ I have taken a step back from social media. Even though I do miss it! I dislike how it consumes my time. I love seeing people's lives - the pretty pictures, the good ideas, the delicious meals, the motivation to workout like sister Sue, etc. Confession: I've always had a FOMO when it comes to social media posts or blog posts. But I'm learning to let it go. I have far too much going on in my life, I certainly can't keep up on my own plus hundreds of other peoples.
+ We have been living in a rental for a little over two months. It has been all of a disaster and then some. We are moving out this month. Oh the joys of being homeless.
+ I dug through our storage unit to find some Christmas decor then we just borrowed a tree instead of digging for ours. Christmas just didn't feel the same with our current situation. The kids still loved the tree and the lights though. We made the best of it.
+ We had 5 gatherings for the holidays. One of which we missed because R puked in the vehicle 2 minutes after leaving. Then I puked holding her puke because... gross. So we stayed home that day and she criiiiied. She didn't care that she got sick. She wanted to wear her dress and go to the par-tay! Another lesson I recently learned was not to travel solo to a holiday party and skip nap time. Bad bad bad idea.
+ ML has had a few doctors appointments and tests done at Children's Hospital. We're trying a few "natural remedies" but all in all... there isn't much more we can do for his digestive issues and under developed organs. I also took him to a new holistic doctor for a "second" opinion. I know many people do not believe in that stuff... but it's been the most helpful and abundant in answers for us. Someday I'd like to write out my experiences from it.
+ I've come to the conclusion that whether I like it or not, I need to get my hernia fixed. Mostly because I want so badly to get back in shape and I can only do so much without discomfort. So that will be happening in a couple weeks. I am not happy about it. How am I going to recover for 6 weeks without lifting 10lbs or more?! Oh and we're moving less than two weeks after my surgery.
+ We bought 30 acres and we're building a house!!! Say what???! Big secret I know... more details to come! Anything specific you'd like to know... let me know! Excited to share and start this journey! And not be homeless forever! #gypsyJoys
Goals + Intentions for 2018!
+ Not be homeless! I mean, this is a given, right?! I can't wait to have a home! To not have to live out of boxes and dig through storage everything you need something!
+ Self care & Take time for myself! As a busy mom and having a husband that works a lot, it's rare that I ever take time to myself until I'm completely about to lose my mind. True story. I need to work on that and stop feeling guilty for getting a babysitter and leaving the kids! It doesn't help that ML still screams every time I leave him. Mama's boy like whoa!
+ To shut out the negativity (people included). To remove the people that treat me like shit or that don't make an effort. To start focusing on MY happiness rather than everyone else's.
+ Gratitude Journal! I've read that these are a great way to focus on joy and happiness in your life and that is definitely something I need! I picked up a super cute journal from Target and I'm looking to document in it once a week at least!
+ Exercise! Once my hernia repair is healed (6 months) I want to get back into an exercise routine. Looking forward to that!
+ Read! Both blogs and books! I got two books for Christmas and I haven't even had the chance to start one. (Thanks to house planning in all my spare time instead!)
+ Be intentional with my time! This year is going to be busy and I need to make the best use of my time as possible. Time management, organization, and planning ahead are going to be huge! Also, I don't want to take away from my time with my kids and be too caught up in the craziness of building. All things I do, I want to be intentional. Take time to enjoy the little moments. Listen. Be patient.
In this busy crazy stage of life we're currently in, I need to step back and take the time to prioritize and stop stretching myself so thin. With that being said, I'm not setting the bar too high for blogging in 2018. Although I have many post ideas I often have wanted to do, it's just not realistic. I will plan on doing monthly updates and maybe one or two random posts through the month. If there is anything you'd like to see/hear about, please let me know! Per usual, this little space is just an outlet for me to share about our journey in life and right now our journey is busy, busy, busy! So I do hope you understand! 😉
Our future backyard 💕