Reflections on 2017 + 2018 Goals

2017 was a hell of a year for me and my family. I am sad to see this year come to an end! I feel like I usually don’t say that as a year is ending..#NegativeNancy But 2017 was a blessing to me and I will be sad when it ends.

2017 was kicked off with me becoming a stay at home mom- a job that forever changed my family dynamic and made me a better momma. The beginning of 2017 was also when we got married! I want to relive this day over and over, mainly so I can be surrounded by so many friends & family. This was the most beautiful day in all 2017. A day I will never forget. Shortly after the wedding, baseball season started. AND WOW. What a roller coaster of a season it was for Jake, but a very rewarding one! Just a short week into the season, Jake had his Major League Debut in Kansas City. I think that was our proudest moment of 2017. Getting to see my husband do what he loves and has dreamed of since a being child… there are no words to express a moment like that. And then, before we knew it- we were buying a house! I think for Jake, this actually may be his proudest moment. Being a homeowner at such a young age, especially with our dream home, is such an achievement for him. All he wants to do in life is give his family a beautiful life. And because of him we have this amazing home. We have everything we need.

Those were the big moments of 2017. The moments I will literally treasure for the rest of my life. But of course there so many moments in between that I will never forget. 2017 was filled with endless traveling…13 states I think! The traveling can be hard and it can be inconvenient, but I think it makes this life style so much more rewarding. I was able to see 8 MLB ballparks- which is pretty impressive and I can’t wait to see more! (I judge a team on their park…#sorry And yes, KC stadium is awesome). I was able to see my friends so much this past year and that may be my favorite thing! I have a group of friends that I am beyond blessed to have. I have my oldies- the ones I have known since grade school. And then I have my college friends. And then I have my girls I met through baseball. And the ones I met in Arizona. Luckily, this whole group loves one another. I feel like the friend guru because I brought SO many amazing girls together and we just stick like glue! My friends mean everything to me.

So yeah, 2017 was pretty effin’ awesome. Amidst all the amazing moments of 2017, my anxiety struck me the hardest this year. Through spurts of depression + constant anxiety, it was a hard year for me mentally. But reflecting back- that is so silly of me. I mean c’mon.. do we need to reread all the amazing moments I have to be happy about?!^^^ But that is just how depression/anxiety works. It is a mental battle that requires you to really focus on yourself. Something I plan to do in 2018 and all years to come.

But with that being said, I am really looking forward to 2018!! I don’t know if I would call these New Year’s Resolutions, but they are aspects + mindsets I want to focus on in this new year.

My biggest goal in 2018 is to simplify my life.

I want to minimize the stress. Minimize the clutter (in my home & my mind). Ditch the unnecessary items + people, and keep the bare minimum.

That sounds easy, right? But if you could see the drawers in my bathroom…the makeup I have but don’t need, the clothes I own “just in case”, the closets of my guest rooms… the list goes on. I want less clutter in 2018!! I want things to be simple! 

So here is what I hope   AM going to do in 2018:

I will declutter my home

I will stop going out of my way to make things hard on myself

I will eliminate expectations

I will cherish my friends & my friends only

I will simplify my health

I will stop buying unnecessary clothing + beauty items

I will focus on my blog & ENJOY it

How will I do these things? Well, I always love a good plan of attack. So I have a few ways that I am going to simplify things in 2018. Starting with reading Emily Ley- A Simplified Life. WOW that should do the trick right?!?! I also want to stop stressing my family out- so I will be spending majority of the season with my husband and cut this long distance shit. For my health, I am done worrying “what should I eat right after a workout? Is this enough protein? What about these carbs?” Nope. Done. I am just keeping it simple- sticking to my meat, veggies, and listening to my body. And probably my number one thing, and the thing I have been saying for awhile, I am done buying cheap stuff. I know that sounds dumb, but it just creates clutter in my closet and drawers. No more Forever21 dresses that shrink after one purchase, and no more beauty products that will sit in my drawer. I know this is a luxury to be able to buy more expensive items, but I just NEED to minimize the THINGS in my life. So I will just be buying the items I need and ones that will last me longer.

So all in all, I will miss you 2017. You blessed my family with the best memories and achievements. But here’s to 2018! May this year bring us even more joy and may we share that joy with you! Happy New Year!

Sweater will be posted on uoionline.com soon, so keep an eye out!

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