Happy 2023! I can’t believe it was exactly two years ago I posted my last entry. The quote ‘the days are long but the years are quick’ could not be more true with raising young children. With both of my kids in pediatric therapy and activities, life just got hectic. I almost miss the days where I was bored rocking babies with no plans. Now my little guy is in kindergarten and I’m happy to be back!
I did not have to think too hard about the word of the year. We hosted a Christmas Eve party and oh my did I feel overwhelmed. I quickly realized our house was not ‘company ready’ in the least. I think the last time we hosted a party was well before covid started. As I pulled out Christmas dishes from storage I realized we have A LOT of stuff. So many things shoved in cabinets, drawers, and closets that need to be tackled this year. So the goal for 2023 is to release 1,000 items from our house. I will talk more about that in detail this month so stay tuned.
It is easy to admit I am an all or nothing type of girl. I either have to do something perfect or it doesn’t get done. I am really working on stopping this habit because it can lead to perfectionism paralysis and then nothing gets started. I recently started the habit of writing the three most important things I need to get done, and tackling those first to avoid overwhelm. This has helped so far this year!
It’s no secret that my children’s pediatric therapy has taken a toll on me. I recently started talking to a therapist when I came to a breaking point. For a long time I was taking at least one of my children to therapy multiple times a week. My son recently graduated from OT(YAY!) and I can finally say we things have calmed down a bit. I am so happy that we started therapy early for both of my children, but I definitely developed a lot of gray from years of worrying. This year is all about brining the anxiety levels down in our house. If you ever have a question about pediatric therapy always feel free to drop me a DM on instagram. I originally started this blog to discuss my daughter’s sensory and auditory processing.
Which brings me to my next goal for the year: to start working out again to reduce stress. It’s no secret that I feel better when I am moving my body, but the demands of kids inhibited me from making this a priority. We can go back to the perfectionism problem and not having the “perfect” workout plan so why start. This year I am recommitting to the Tracy Anderson method. I get great results from this workout and it is a quick 30 minute commitment. I don’t currently belong to her online community, but I still have the dvds. Once I get through those I can fully comment on the online workout options. I also recently bought this fit journal that I love from Target to keep track of measurements and goals.
Lastly, this one is definitely my hardest one to realize: the mom guilt. My therapist and I are working on really trying to be kind to myself this year and practice self care. As a mom it is so easy to put our needs below our kids. I recently signed up for a class that I have been wanting to take for years (I will share next month), but I have to leave my kids for an entire day. This is sort of unheard of in our house lol. I think the saying you can’t pour from an empty cup has finally hit me, and this is the year that I fill that cup back up!
I hope you stick around this year as I work on ‘releasing’ in 2023. Cheers!