How is everyone’s 2020 so far? To be honest I haven’t been ready for the holidays to end and for Will to head back to work, but this weekend I finally started feeling more eager to get back into a routine and start tackling my goals for the new year. I spent all of 2019 either pregnant or in the newborn haze and while Teddy will always be far and away my number one priority, I’m excited to prioritize several other goals in the coming year!
My current 101 in 1001 list ends this July and so far I’ve crossed off 62 items. I still have a bunch of goals on there I’m excited about tackling, but here are a few I really want to prioritize:
8. Exercise four times a week for one month.
I’ve been back at Countdown Fitness once a week since I was six weeks postpartum (now at fourteen weeks!) and working out with a trainer has been a great way to ease back into working out after giving birth. That said I’m anxious to start feeling stronger and more toned and I know that’s going to require investing more time, so I’m hoping to work out with my mom and/or Will a few additional times a week. If we can get into a decent routine, I’ll also be able to cross off #52 at the same time!
35. Reread the Harry Potter series with Will.
We’ve finished the first six audiobooks and are about halfway through the seventh and I honestly don’t want it to end! This is my third time “reading” the series and I highly, highly recommend the audiobooks if you haven’t already experienced them. Nothing will ever beat the magic of reading these books for the first time, but if anything comes close it’s hearing Jim Dale’s absolutely flawless voices for each character.
49. Needlepoint something for Teddy.
I’m 90% finished with a Christmas ornament with his name and birth year — I fully intended to have it finished before his first Christmas but it turned out there wasn’t much time for needlepointing with a newborn, ha. I need to do a needlepoint update with all the little projects I did over the summer — you can see an old post on how I got started here!
67. Renovate the kitchen and powder room in our new house.
I edited a few goals on my 101 in 1001 list that I’d written with our previous rental in mind and I’m definitely the most excited about tackling our kitchen and powder room renovation early this year. I have SO much more to share on the home front in the coming weeks and I can’t wait to start chipping away at our second round of projects (you can see the first round here!).
78. Publish a Fairfield County guide on my blog.
I know this won’t be as popular as my Nantucket guide, but I occasionally get emails from people who are thinking about making a move from the city to the suburbs and I think it’d be helpful to round up all my favorite Fairfield County restaurants and businesses in one place!
87. Finally get Global Entry and TSA pre-check.
I decided to wait to do this until after I’d legally changed my name (you know, a full two years after our wedding…) and now that that’s finally behind me, it’s time! It feels like it’s been forever since we were in an airport (maybe even six months now, come to think of it?!) — is Clear the new thing I should be focused on? Frequent fliers, do tell! I’m sure this won’t be our most travel-heavy year but I’d love to make things as easy as possible the handful of times we will be flying with Teddy.
You can see my entire 101 in 1001 list here (and please send me yours if you feel inspired to write your own!). In addition to the goals listed there, here are a few other things I’ll be focused on this year:
- Be less self-conscious about posting on Instagram (stories in particular).
I actually lost followers on Instagram this past year, something that’s interestingly happened with each major life change in the past few years (getting engaged, getting married, announcing pregnancy — weirdly everything except buying a house!). I really try not to obsess over the numbers and of course there’s more to life than a massive Instagram following, but I do feel like I hold myself back by not posting as often as I know I need to in order to reach more people. I love watching other bloggers’ stories every day and almost always get nice feedback when I post my own, but I get paralyzingly self-conscious about talking into the camera and I need to just get over it already. If there’s anything you’d want to see on my Instagram (or blog, for that matter!) I’d love to hear from you!
- Find a childcare situation that works for us.
I thought I’d be racing to get back to work after having Teddy so I’ve been surprised at just how many hours I could spend happily watching his every move. 🙂 That said I never want to give up this online community I’ve worked so hard to grow over the past ten years, and I know it will only get harder to juggle work and mom life as Teddy takes shorter and shorter naps. I feel so guilty on the days when I can’t get a blog post up after so many years of consistent posting and I know I need a better system in place to keep me on track and stave off the guilt. Both my parents worked full-time outside the house so we had a live-in nanny growing up and while we definitely don’t need anyone living with us, I do think childcare is a conversation I’ll have to stop putting off at some point this year. If you work from home with a baby, I would LOVE to hear how you’ve navigated this!
- Write and publish my fourth 101 in 1001 list.
Is it weird to have a goal about writing more goals? It takes a long time to come up with 101 goals I’m excited about taking on and I like to be as thoughtful as possible upfront so I don’t have to make too many edits in the ensuing 2.75 years. My current list wraps up in July and I’d love to have my next list ready to go!
Any goals you’re excited about in the next year (or 2.75, as the case may be)? Would love to hear from you!