2016…I love this picture above! Anyone else feel like their head is in a dryer most of the time?? Or is it just me? I feel like it describes life well right now… can’t get my feet on the ground and life keeps spinning.
Here we are. I wish I could say I had more vision for my year but I don’t. It may be part of living in crisis mode. Survive, may be the only goal I really need. Lately, it’s more like I only can see a few months ahead or sometimes days ahead… and I’ve decided that’s OK. So I don’t know if I would say these are my goals for this year. But these are my goals for right now.
I normally am hyped for change and inspired for the New Year but this year is different. But, I was inspired by this post from Money Saving Mom and this post from Momastery. I was feeling like this different is OK.
For me, this year is about being in the moment, getting grounded, living fully in the life situation (as difficult as it is) I am in right now. It’s about finding the beauty in all things and giving myself more grace. It’s about learning how to parent the child I have and not in the way that I thought I would.
Christmas break was a wake up call for me… a reminder of how much care I need (read: Mama had a break down, and when I break everything else falls apart).
For 2016 I’m working on 4 goal areas:
Therapy for Miss Sensory
So a few things that are going to help me to do just that:
ME: I’m at the top of the list. My focus is heavily on me. As self-ish as that sounds that is the way it has to be. In order for myself to function in life right now I need a heavy balance of taking care of me because care needs are running really high with Miss Sensory.
–Create something. I’m excited, this year I’m finally starting an art journal. I’m using the prompts through the Journal 52 site and so far I am loving it!
-Exercise daily. Normally this isn’t a problem but since I haven’t been able to run very much this fall from constant Kindergarten viruses that we’ve been getting, I bought a subscription for Holy Yoga. It’s perfect for the days I don’t want to go to the gym or I just don’t make it to the gym I am planning on doing this and I am so excited for it. Moving my body is so significant for my mental health!
–Sleep- our goal is to go to bed at 9pm each night, so far we are failures, but two weeks ago we did awesome so I’m hoping to get back to that. Might be a little challenging for this night owl!
-Time to myself. I’m not sure if it’s because I am an introvert or what, but I am recharged by time to myself. I crave it, lots of it.
Marriage: With the amount of stress we have in life when we aren’t clicking in our marriage everything else in life feels worse. We need more quality time together. It’s our monthly goal:
-At least one overnight date a month (Miss Sensory thankfully loves sleepovers at Grandmas) we need the overnights simply to get a solid night of sleep and to give ourselves time to relax (because that doesn’t happen EVER).
-Babysitter Every other weekend – babysitter dates so we can actually have a conversation YAY.
Therapy: We’ve planned our year out. We’ve looked at what our needs are and what our next steps are. Currently we have Occupational Therapy (at home and skype check ins), Vision Therapy (at home plus check in appointments every 8 weeks), Speech and Language (Tied in with Occupational Therapy at home starting in January), Psychologist (play therapy at home, check in with therapists as needed).
-another trip to the Star Center in Denver for this year.
-a DIR floortime training class for us (furthering the therapy we learned in Denver) and to find a Certified Therapist here.
-hire a maid to relieve some of my stress so that I can focus more on Miss Sensory’s therapy, since I am it (we are traveling for therapy less so this is one thing we could add to help me).
– For us as parents- we are going to be working on coping strategies and managing our stress this year with Miss Sensory’s Psychologist.
Finances: I don’t know about you but I feel like the second I walk into Target I am instantly broke. Yes, I do like to shop. But I know how to be disciplined and I need to get back to that. We have some goals we’d like to meet (Therapy we’d like to pay for). So I am working on organizing our finances more to meet those goals. I am excited to start this savings plan, never go to Target (*sarcasm* but I seriously think that would save me the most money) and I’ve taken on more work to help achieve some of those goals.