2017: Goals Update
When 2017 started, my c section wound was still a little tender but I was up and about and crushing the year. I got involved in a side project that brought me a healthy second income, I was feeling good about my average mothering skills and the weight hadn’t come back…(yet). Needless to say, it started off positive. I said to myself that this was going to be MY year. I offered good advice to you as you built your resolutions. I was going to kick ass and take names. IAnd I did. For a little bit. Then, the year just got weird and messy and I wasn’t so stoked with 2017 anymore.
Here we are though at the halfway point and even though it feels like I haven’t really gone anywhere or done anything, looking back is showing me a very different picture.
1. Creating a second income
Man! I started the year with side hustles like no other. And then they quickly fizzled out. I also realised that with a small baby, a full time job and life a side hustle is damn hard. The jobs slowed down but it did give me a bigger picture and that is working on my own thing. While I am still figuring out what I want my thing to look like, I do devote a fair amount time to thinking about where I want to be in a couple of years. To be honest, it doesn’t have employment and that means I just need to go harder at my own thing. So, slow progress but progress nonetheless.
2. Going from Average Mothering to Rockstar Mom
Um, yeah. Every mom knows that this did not happen and will never happen! And they also know, that it’s alright. I had to reevaluate what being a mom means to me and what it looks like. I had to take a step back from all the advice, shut the world out and start listening to myself. I stumbled and fell a lot and it was only when I learned to reach out and ask for help that I finally realised we are a village of average moms during extraordinary things. But only if we have support. So my achievement here has been finding that support system and allowing them to actually help me.
3. Finishing my Masters
Ugh. We have not made ANY progress here. I took a semester break because I couldn’t juggle school, work and the baby anymore. Plus now that all I have left is my thesis I have just lost all steam. I know I need to get back on it and graduate next year. Can someone send me some intervention? Now that baby is a little older and I have my control issues around her tamed, I think I can finally get this done. At the very least, get my proposal in. Pray for me guys. I need to be done with this program like yesterday!
4. Becoming more present in my life
Aha! Something I have become better at! Still a work in progress but I am definitely more present. For me, this meant less nostalgia for the past and less anxiety about the future. I had to learn to be happy with the present and actually be in it. This, my child taught me, because she is growing up so fast that if I don’t stop to observe, it will all pass me by.
So 2017 has gone in it’s own direction and laughed at my plans but I am still making progress. How’s your 2017 looking at this midway point? Drop me line below. 🙂