2012 Recap, 2013 Goals (with free printable) and Reader Survey!

2012 was quite the year for me. The beginning was incredibly difficult – I had a miscarriage at the end of my first trimester. But it also brought so many beautiful things, which is usually how it goes. There can be no birth, renewal, or beginnings without something dying or being destroyed. The Destroyer Archetype has been active in my life before, and boy, it was really busy the end of 2011 and early 2o12 for me.

But oh, then I got to reap the benefits of constantly putting myself out there, my hard work and bravery for walking through the pain and the fear. 2012 ended up being an amazing, life changing year for my whole family. And I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for me.

So anyway, last year I came up with a more organized way to do my New Year’s resolutions and it really worked well all year for me.

I loved having my resolutions in a frame, so that I could not only see it often for a constant reminder, but also that it was something beautiful to look at. I am a firm believer in the importance of making your home beautiful. Life can be so hard sometimes, so it’s such a comfort to have beautiful things to look at and comfort you. I try to make everything that is in my home beautiful, clean and organized.

If you want to print and frame your own New Year’s Resolutions, here is a pdf to the one I used this year:

New Year’s Resolutions 2013

Keeping my list short and sweet really helped making things attainable. Like I mentioned in last year’s post, I used to write massive lists and then I would feel defeated when I didn’t accomplish every. single. one.

I did pretty good on my resolutions last year. Not perfect, not 100%, but pretty damn good, and if you have been reading this blog long, you know good enough is exactly what I am after.

These are my goals for this year:

Spiritual Health: Last year I wanted to go to church more, and that is still my goal this year. Last year I went a whole heck of a lot more than I did the year before, but I did not reach my goal of going every Sunday. So that is back on this year, and it’s not coming off until I am going church at least three times a month, every month, like clock work. I do also need to pray more out loud. I am constantly praying in my head, but I want to include Penelope and make sure she realizes that as I go about my day, all day long, I am praying.

Physical Health: I would like to eat even less grains and gluten for a limited time and really heal my gut. I am gluten-free and grain-free about 70% of the time right now, but I would love to finally have the courage and self-discipline to do the GAPS Diet  and really give my digestion a break and a chance to heal even more than it already has these last few years.

Emotional Health: I want to focus on Connection this year. Penelope still nurses in the morning and in the evening sometimes, but it is getting less and less. I imagine she will self-wean this year. Right before Thanksgiving she finally started wearing panties full time and although I still accompany her to the bathroom right now, our bathroom one-on-one time will slowly become less and less too (we have already lost our one-on-one diaper changing time, a chance to have skin to skin contact and look into each other’s eyes). So I want to make sure I am creating and focusing on new ways to connect with her deeply and intimately throughout the day. Connecting more with my husband wouldn’t be a bad thing either.

Mental Health: Since I am in super-ambitious mode this year, I am going to have to check myself before I wreck myself. I am an entrepreneur through and through, and if I am left to my own devices I will work 100 hours a week until I crash. I learned this lesson the hard way when I owned my yoga studio. So this time around, I have to keep reminding myself that slow and steady wins the race and if I don’t accomplish everything I want to accomplish, so be it. My mental health is more important.

Financial Health: As you can tell from the above, I want to make more money this year. I have BIG dreams and would love to make the Mama and Baby Love brand a household name. And I would love to make more money. Last year this blog became a business with the launch of my cookbook. I have a reliable income and I am able to provide for my family. My husband and I have split up our family expenses and I am responsible for my daughter’s preschool, groceries, gas, shopping, and preventative health care (massage, acupuncture, etc). I also started saving for her college and we beefed up our life insurance policy. I am nowhere near where I want to be, but last year saw huge strides in me becoming financially responsible and independent. I have always been financially dependent on a man, whether it was my father or my husband. I am determined to be able to stand on my own two feet financially. So this year I just want to take it to another level, or maybe even a couple of levels. If you have bought a cookbook from me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have truly changed my life.

I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I hope to continue to help making that a reality for myself, but for all of you as well. I have so many wonderful ideas, and I can’t wait to share them with you! Thank you again for being such an amazing community of readers.

Here’s to 2013!

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  • Lillian Alice
    January 2, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Stephanie, I enjoyed reading your resolutions but I really liked reading about how you had eye to eye contact while changing Penelope’s diapers and are losing that. I had not remembered that moment being something so special and I thank you for reminding me, for it truly was that for me as well. I will use that as part of my teachings. LOVE

    • Stephanie
      January 2, 2013 at 3:46 AM

      Aw, my pleasure! I am so grateful to have been a nanny and potty trained two other girls before Penelope and picked up on how much of diaper changing is bonding time.

  • realmomofnj
    January 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I love this printable! I love the categories. Very helpful and smart idea.

    • Stephanie
      January 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Awesome! Yes, it really has helped me stay organized and keep my resolutions attainable and on track!

  • Morgan
    January 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I have learned so much from reading your blog!! You have really inspired me to eat real food and and really take care of my body. I have also began researching some of the topics on motherhood and childbearing that you’ve discussed on here. Even though I’m not having children any time soon, I want to be as prepared as I possibly can be to give them the best start in life possible. Keep doing what you’re doing, I look forward to seeing all the new things to come for you and your family this year!
    Much love!!!!

    • Stephanie
      January 3, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      You are so sweet Morgan. And I literally thank God, that you are one of Penelope’s preschool teachers this year. It is so nice to have people around Penelope who get where I am coming from. And I so happy to hear that you are going to start preparing your body now. I wish I had cared more about nutrition earlier on, Penelope’s digestion and immune system is not what it could have been had I eaten better and had a better digestion. Defiently read that GAPS book when you get a chance.