It is hard to believe that the Holiday Season is upon us. Another year is quickly coming to an end. As the New Year approaches, many of us think about what we would like to accomplish in the new year. These goals often come in the form of New Year Resolutions.
The most popular goals are “lose weight”, “eat healthier”, and “travel more.” While I don’t find anything wrong with these goals, I thought I would share some goals that I feel homeschool moms would benefit from pursuing.
Be More Intentional with Your Time
It’s incredibly easy to do things just for the sake of doing them. We find ourselves doing things because everyone else is doing them or because it just seems like the thing to do.
However, when we stop to ask ourselves if this is necessary or do we find enjoyment doing this, we can be surprised when the honest answer is no. If you find yourself with a full schedule each day, but get to the end of the day feeling like your time wasn’t well spent, it’s time to stop and assess your schedule.
Do less of the things that don’t improve your life in some way and more of the things that do. Of course this mean saying “no” to some of the habits you’ve created.
And, in that sense, the word “no” can be your best friend. Life is too short to spend a lot of time doing things that don’t matter. You have the right to be picky!
Shake Things Up
As mothers and homeschoolers, we can often get into a routine. In fact, routines can be the thing helps us focus. They can help us stay on track with our goals and our ever-growing to-do lists. But they can also cause us to get into ruts.
They sap our creativity and can make life less exciting than when you do things spur of the moment. Rather than always sticking to your routine, shake things up every now and then.
Take an unexpected trip or go check out something fun around town. End lessons early to go do something fun that your family hasn’t done in a while.
I’m not saying to ditch the routine and start flying by the seat of your pants. Just don’t be so caught up in the routine that you forget to have fun.
Have More Quality Family Time
As homeschool families, we tend to spend almost all our time together. That means that we are with each other practically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That’s a lot of time!
How much of that time is spent doing things that matter? Take time to learn about each other. Sure, they’re your kids, but do they know you (i.e. your favorite color, favorite song or movie, etc.).
Do things that the whole family enjoys like a favorite game, favorite movie, or take a trip to the park. Quality time should consist of laughing and having a good time.
Those are the things we need to focus on. Yet, they are also the things that can get lost in the day-to-day hustle. We focus so much on school and work that sometimes we go days without having any real quality time.
I know this isn’t going to apply to everyone all the time, but I would be lying if I said that my family has never gotten so caught up in the necessities of life that we temporarily neglected the pure joys of life.
Make time on a regular basis to spend quality time with your family. Unplug. Get away. Do whatever you need to do. You won’t regret it.
On a related note, take time to slow down. As the old saying goes, stop and smell the roses. That saying may sound cliché, but it is a lovely reminder to pause, take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy the things around us.
Go for a walk and bear witness to nature’s beauty. Pause during the day to talk to your kids about something silly. Take a break to watch them play and listen to their peals of laughter.
Time flies by ever so quickly. One minute we’re nursing a newborn and the next they’re walking and running around. Bat an eye and they are starting their first day of school.
Before you know it, they are out there in the real world, starting families of their own. Take time now to savor the moments you have remaining.
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Engage in More Self-Care
Last, but not least, make time for yourself. Not just every once in a while, but take time for yourself regularly. There’s a saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup. It’s so true!
As moms, we spend so much of our time, energy, and money taking care of everyone else’s needs. While it brings us joy to know that the people we care about are well provided for emotionally, physically, or otherwise, it can also be tiring to always do for everyone else without taking a break to do something for ourselves.
I am a huge proponent of women (especially moms) engaging in self-care. This could involve a long bubble bath at least 3 times a week, reading two new books each month (all the way through!), having a standing appointment at the salon, or even having a regular Mom’s Night Out with your friends.
It could also be taking up a hobby you love, starting a side business, or having a creative outlet such as painting, crocheting, writing, or community theater.
Whatever it is that recharges your batteries, make time and do it regularly. Happy mom, happy family. I personally love Writing the Scriptures through my Journal Through the Bible studies too in order to refocus.
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These are just a few New Year Resolutions that I think can improve our lives. What is one of your New Year Resolutions? Let me know in the comments below.