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I don’t want to toot my own horn but I kind of rocked it in 2016. I set some pretty high goals for this blog last year and I smashed them. I also had some personal goals that I obtained. I worked hard in 2016 and I also did my best to focus on the postive. Each year I choose a word for the year to be my focus. Kind of like my driving force. Last year my word was Joy. I wanted Joy to be a big focus for my family and for this blog (on top of the lofty goals I had). After the crazy (but joyful) ride that I had last year, this year I decided it was time to seek something else in my life. This year I am seeking balance.
Last year, I wrote a post explaining why I choose one word for my year (you can read it HERE). I have found this to work so much better for me then resolutions. I love reflecting at the end and beginning of each year on how my word drove everything I did, and what word I think could guide me through the new year.
I did a great job putting myself out there as far as work last year. I really made a great effort to expand and push myself. So much so that sometimes I forgot to take time for myself and my family. Other times I would get super focused on a project at home and put off work until the last minute. So this year I am going to be seeking balance in several aspects of my life.
I need to balance work and family life. In this industry it is hard to find that balance. I feel guilty working while the kids are awake and home so I often find myself working late nights, but then I can’t put everything into my work when I am sleepy. So this year I want to find a balance that works for me, my family, and this site.
I need to find a balance between motherhood and self. I know you parents can relate. Sometimes we get so stuck in our role of mother (or father) that we forget to take time for ourselves. I felt like I had a pretty good balance when I did photography, and again when I was going to school, but now that I am not getting that time out of the house, I feel like sometimes I lose a sense of who I am without children hanging on me. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom, but when I am lost with what to do if my husband tells me I can go out…that is when there is a problem. So I want to find that balance for myself.
I think balance is something everyone is striving for, and it is definitely something I need in so many parts of my life. I can’t think of a better word to drive me for 2017.
So what does this mean for you? You will hopefully find a lot more posts that help inspire you to balance your life. Whether it is balancing your love for Disney vacations with your time with the daily grind, or balancing family and work, or something else, hopefully this year I will be able to help inspire you while I work on finding a balance for myself.
Are you choosing one word for 2017? What is it? Let me know in the comments down below.
Family photos courtesy of MI Photography by Toni located in Boise, ID