New Years Goals & Reflections | 2017

Happy New Year, friends and hello, 2017!  I hope that the year is off to a good start for you.  January has always felt to me like a time to reflect on the past year, take stock of how I currently feel, and make new plans accordingly.  Today I thought I’d share my goals for 2017 as well as some reflections on 2016.

new years goals 2017

This collage features my nine most liked photos on Instagram.  It’s a pretty accurate summing up of 2016 for me: all about baby!  I’ve longed to be a mother deep in my heart for so long and this first year has been more amazing than I’ve ever dreamed.  I’ve never felt happier or more at ease with myself.  Words cannot describe how wonderful it is to watch Charlotte learn and grow so much everyday.  My heart is full!

I have three main goals for 2017:

Prioritize Family Time – I want to explore and experience new things with Charlotte this year.  Don and I are both homebodies and it’s easy for us to choose to stay in our little cocoon.  As wonderful as time spent in our cozy home is, I think it’s important for all of us to get out and about and be in the world a bit more.  We have several exciting trips planned already and lots of local Chicago things to do and places to see to check off our list. In addition to family bonding time, I also want to continue to make room for one-on-one time with Don, Charlotte, and Winnie.  Exploring these relationships both as a group and individually is top on my list.

❊ Strive for a Healthier Lifestyle – 2016 wasn’t my healthiest year in terms of taking care of my body.  I think as a new mother I put my health on the back burner.  Luckily, I have a great immune system and haven’t been sick since before I was pregnant with Charlotte.  I can tell now, though, that it’s time to refocus on feeding myself and my family better.  I also hope to make time to exercise a few times a week and strive for 7 hours of sleep a night if I can swing it.  Taking better care of my physical self will also help me be better equipped to serve and take care of my family.

Keep Up With Memory Keeping – 2016 was the year I caught the memory keeping bug again, mostly due to my desire to document Charlotte’s childhood but also (and in no small part) to discovering Ali Edwards.  Her blog and online classes have helped me find new ways of memory keeping that are both fun and manageable.  It’s also been a way for me to tap into my creative side, which feeds my soul.  I hope to complete my 2016 Project Life album, start one for 2017, finish Charlotte’s baby book, and take on December Daily once again.  I also hope to keep up with One Little Word, a year long workshop that focuses on a single guiding word for the year.  My word this year, appropriately, is Create.

I talk in depth about my goals and reflections in this video if you’re interested in hearing more:

Thank you for your support and kindness this past year as I navigated some big changes.  I look forward to keeping up with my content and sharing more with you in 2017.
I’d love to hear about your goals for the new year if you care to share!
Wishing you all a happy & healthy 2017 🌟

* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *


14 thoughts on “New Years Goals & Reflections | 2017”

  1. Great goals! As a mom of two I also find it hard to take care of my body the way it needs to be. On top of eating well I decided to start small this year with promising myself to do my hair and makeup everyday to make myself feel good. Love all the pictures of CC and hope your having a wonderful new year!

  2. Eeeck! I just love your New Year’s videos! Jen, I mean from the bottom of my heart, you are in my prayers for God to bless you with another happy, healthy, adorable baby. May 2017 bring you everything you wish for! God bless.

  3. Dear Jen,
    I think I speak for the majority, that you bring a little ray of sunshine🌞 in all you share! Best wishes for a healthy and happy new Year to you and your family! Looking forward to all that you share in the New Year!

  4. If you are really serious about time to yourself for you projects, consider a regular babysitter-because children are unpredictable, and trying to fit stuff in around their schedule can leave you with more undone, than done. Frustrating. So, to keep everyone happy, think about a regularly scheduled babysitter, who can help with Charlotte.

    Good luck!

  5. Thanks for sharing! I love how your resolutions are more holistic, like “strive for a healthier lifestyle,” instead of “lose 5 lbs.

    Personally, my goal for this year is to find happiness in simplicity. Too often, I feel like I say “yes” to too many things, and it ends up making me a total stress-ball! I’m hoping by finding happiness in simplicity, I’ll learn that it’s ok to do less, focus inward and also at the same time, not need as many material things to create happiness.

    Thanks for sharing yourself, Jen! I love reading and viewing a peek into your world. Happy New Year!

  6. I’ve been scrapbooking for close to 20 years now, started after my kids were born. You might want to look at they have some great classes and they are free. There are some great sites out there they offer classes, but I know offer a wide range of classes and they are free even a beginner scrapbookers classes. Hope that might help you. Have fun scrapbooking, it can become very addictive, LOL, this coming from someone who has a room fun of supplies, hahaha, enjoy!!

  7. I have teenagers now, and they LOVE the scrapbooks from when they were babies and toddlers! Keep it up – you won’t regret it!!

  8. Hi Jen! I know you love every moment you get with Charlotte, and I don’t know whether you have nearby family/friends with kids, but I’d like to suggest one solution for getting a little more me-time during the day. You might consider swapping just one or two hours a week/fortnight/month with a friend/family member with kids: you take their kid for a play date just for an hour or two (just in your home, especially easy if you’ve got a nice, safe playroom area so taking care of two kids isn’t super difficult) and then they take Charlotte for an hour two on another day. It gives you time to run an errand solo or just spend an hour in your own home office.

    Thanks for all that you share 🙂

  9. Happy New Year to you Jen, Don and CC. Love popping in to catch up with your cute family from time to time. All the best in 2017.

  10. I love doing Project Life! I’m doing it for my 1-year-old granddaughter (although I think it’s as much for me!). I look forward to the days when she looks at it and reads the journalling. I, too, am behind on 2016 but try not to stress about it. I keep good notes about what’s going on each week so I can refer back to it. I’d love to see more of your pages!

  11. Happy New Year…A little late! 😉 Time flies so quickly. It’s hard to believe Charlotte is a year old. I’m glad you are taking the time to enjoy your family. My oldest is 14 and my youngest is almost 2. It’s crazy how quickly that happened! No matter how busy life gets, I daily take the time to appreciate, enjoy and invest in each of my amazing treasures. No regrets there!

  12. Hi Jennifer! Thank you for sharing! I literally have the same goals as you for this year. When I first started my goal summary for this year I thought “it that s too generic” but I realize keeping simple and focused is what I need for 2017! Many blessings to you and your precious family!

  13. Happy New Year! Thanks for all that you DO share which is always so real, inspiring and positive. I also have similar goals. You are so good to document Charlotte’s life so diligently. My goal this year is to go back through all our photos and create some memory books. Even though my girls are 13 and 10 now, it’s never too late. My other goal – learn self love. Being a mom and always putting others first makes remembering to care and respect yourself a challenge. I always hear “be as nice to yourself as you would to your loved ones.” I’m trying that this year! Easier said than done. Thanks again!

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