Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a safe and happy one and are refreshed to take on 2018! I am obviously so excited for what this year has in store for us. Last year instead of making a resolution or big time goal I tried to focus on a word or mantra to go back to every single day to help better myself in 2017, and that word was balance. It can be really hard to juggle being successful at work, staying healthy, keeping in touch with family and friends, taking care of yourself, having fun, etc, all at the same time. So I tried my best in 2017 to have a good balance between every single thing that was important to me, and I felt that if I could find that balance that I would have a successful year and meet all my internal goals or resolutions that I had stacking up in my head. I definitely feel like I did a great job at finding that balance that was needed as I look back on 2017 because I ended the year so happy and full of positivity. I believe too that having a good balance in my life has greatly helped me through my pregnancy, too. So while I will continue to work on balance throughout my entire life, a new year also comes with the opportunity to add on another mantra or way of life.
So with that being said, the phrase I plan to focus on the most in 2018 is go with the flow. If you don't know me too well or haven't been able to tell already, I'm a very type A person. While I see this as a good thing in most parts of my life because I am very organized and that decreases stress, sometimes I can over plan for things and when those plans don't work out that causes frustration and disappointment. One thing I know for certain that this super type A personality that I have will conflict with is becoming a mom. While I still intend to be organized, get Nugget on a schedule, and plan stuff out, I know nothing when coming to parenting is going to fit in to a nice plan A or a plan B. I want to internally work on letting the need to plan every single thing out go and just go with the flow when it comes to a lot more things in life. Starting with labor...
There's a lot of hype around having a birth plan and you might be wondering what mine is. My "plan" is to deliver a baby. That's it. I don't care what it takes to get him out, as long as we both come out of the experience safe, that is all that matters to me. When it starts, I'm just going to go with the flow. If I need pain meds, that's fine. If I'm doing fine without them, that's fine, too. If I need to be induced or have a c-section, all fine. As long as I can hold our baby at the end of the experience, that's all I want. That's the whole plan. This is a big one to start my go with the flow mentality with, but if I can let go, trust my body, God, and the people around me to get us through this extremely trying experience, I believe I can do it with so many other things in my life like parenting, hobbies, when Caleb and I can go out for dates...anything really.
I feel so good about this mantra and I already know that giving myself grace and openness is going to help me so much to take on my new role as a mother. I am so excited for this year and am really looking forward to what it has in store for us. What are your goals/resolutions/mantras/words of the year? Please leave me a comment below!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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