Time for another #MomTalkTuesday with and Maggie of Polished Closets! This week our topic is Reflecting on 2019 and what our goals are for our family in 2020
This month’s guest posts are from Alexandra at Inspired By Blog, and Monika of Some Pop of Color, so head on over to read all these mama’s posts!
As is it the last day of 2019, it is important to take time to reflect upon the year and the decade, and think about what types of goals I would like to set for my family and business in the next year. As you may know from years past, I don’t actually set yearlong resolutions, as I find them easy to forget to be impossible to keep after the novelty of the first few weeks of the year are behind us.
Every year I try to set quarterly goals instead, thinking about the next 3 months as a stage in my personal, business and family development, and taking stock of what I actually can achieve in that short period of time. That way I feel confident and fueled to make another quarterly goal in April. These goals are not always tangible; sometimes they are spending more time on date nights with my husband or learning new techniques in sewing. For reference, here is my Q1 goals from 2019, and luckily I can say I achieved most of them for Q1 last year!
2020 Goals: Q1
Goal 1: Spend more time on Marina’s Behavioral Toddler Development
I do not have too many worries about Marina’s development, but she does spend a lot of time with me, her nanny and my mom. She also has social time at the gym play club and for the most part, plays well with others. What we lack for her is structure, in the sense of scheduled activities, story times, etc. where she has to learn the proper behavior and rules of that particular activity. We have been trying to take her to story times more regularly and already have noticed a different in her attention span and focus, but I need to do more of these activities with her. I am planning to get her into swim class and gymnastics in January which I think is appropriate for her age, but will be looking for additional opportunities for structure to teach her to listen, patience, and focus.
Goal 2: Enjoy another pregnancy adventure, my second baby!
We are pregnant with our second baby, 18 weeks at the writing of this post, and the first trimester was much much harder than it was with Marina (more on that next week). Because of that, my business, my family time and my mental well-being has suffered these past few months. I want to pull myself out of that slump and truly enjoy this pregnancy, as I know what a wonder it is to grow a baby and I don’t want to take any moment for granted. I am not exactly sure how to achieve this goal as it is a mental one. I imagine that slowing down each night to recognize the changes my body has made, talking about it more with Marina and my husband so that we can start picturing our life as a family of four, and not being so hard on myself in workouts is a good way to start. Pregnancy is a physical journey sure, but for me, it’s more of a mental one.
Goal 3: Officially launch my business!
2019 was a year of questions and exploration for me. I walked away from a few career/hobbies that were taking up more time than they were rewarding. After about 6 months, I finally realized what I should be doing (as well as blogging), and that was starting my own retail consulting firm. As an experienced buyer, merchant, influencer, and designer, I know a lot about starting and building product and service related retail businesses, and this finally seemed like a no brainer for me. In September I started the idea and built the website, and then quickly became pregnant and ill and couldn’t take on much more responsibility than getting Marina dressed every day. Now that I am feeling better and refreshed, I am pursuing this business wholeheartedly and I can say I already feel the success of it. Just around the corner is a rewarding career that I can schedule and control myself, so I am thrilled to fully be immersed in it this quarter!