I decided that this year would be a year of coming back to myself. 2022 was consumed with taking care of my new baby, adjusting to life with 3 kids and being back to in-person schooling. It was definitely a learning curve, but there was a lot of joy and sweetness in my life. As our routines become slightly more predictable and as I learn the ropes of how to get 3 kids out of the door on time, I am ready to step out of survival mode and back into life. While survival mode is something that I suspect will happen throughout 2023, I am hopeful it won't be my main mode.
My word of the year for 2023 is restore. I want to re-establish good habits that have served me in my life. I want to start taking better care of myself again. I want to take time to do things that bring me joy and make me feel like myself. I want to create capsule wardrobes again and write in this blog.
I have a few goals for the year. The goals are as follows:
- Catch up on making our family photo books. I am 5 years behind. Enough said.
- Make time for intentional movement/strength training 3-5 days a week. This is so important for my mental health, but I wasn't able to do this well in 2022.
- Share the mental load. I carry almost all of the mental load associated with our 3 kids and (mostly due to some pretty rough sleep deprivation) I am becoming burnt out. My husband is a perfectly capable father and can handle taking over some of this mental load. He and I are discussing how to make this work.
- Have better sleep hygiene. Every time I complain about one of my children's penchant for procrastinating bedtime, I know that I should just look in the mirror. I like being up alone at night. I like having time to myself where no one needs me. I crave alone time. I am also exhausted. So. Very. Exhausted. The kindest thing I can do for myself is get more sleep when I can. I have set an alarm on my phone for 10:00 so that I get up and get ready for bed. My phone will also stop allowing me to scroll at this time. I plan to be in bed by 10:30.