2017 & Life’s Blueprint

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The Year We Leave Behind…

As my young six month old son drifts off into a deep sleep and as my husband takes a nap before we ring in the new year together, I would like to take a few minutes to jot down my hopes for 2o17.

But, before I do, I would like to say that 2017 is going to be VERY different from the year that we are about to leave behind, as 2016 brought with it an ample amount of new beginnings.

The first six months were filled with the anticipation and build up of becoming a mom [and becoming parents.] Then, we received the perfect gift in June – in the form of a tiny male human – that has become an integral part of our world. He warms our hearts each and every day with his smile and happiness – we can’t imagine life without him.

2017 and the Potential It Brings…

I love how our slate is wiped clean and we get to write a new 365 page book about our lives each year. It brings with it a sense of renewed hope and excitement.

And I just love that feeling!

Memories

With less than 2 hours left before the clock strikes twelve, I feel compelled to orally acknowledge [through writing] my hopes and dreams for the approaching new year.

First, I would like to once again commence another 365 photo project called [Photographing 2017]. I initially attempted and nearly completed it in 2015, but it got side-railed with the sudden passing of my sister. However, I have taken a picture of my son nearly every day [with the exception of two] since the day he was born, so I know it is very doable – yes, the odds are in my favor.

But, not only photos, I also would like to compile a weekly video diary – a collection of moments and memories, if you will – because, sometimes, moments cannot be represented in still images and must be captured with movement.

Happiness and Enjoying the Moment

I have become a lot better at enjoying the moment since my son was born. However, I still feel I can improve in this aspect. Sometimes it is important to realize that being present and enjoying what we have is better than searching for something or looking towards the future.

I am also looking forward to being more grateful for what I have and being present – because happiness is being content with what you have instead of constantly wanting what you don’t.

Self-Love

I know that this one sounds a little Kim K. narcissistic, but that is not my intention at all.

I want to give myself some extra TLC [tender, love, and care] during 2017 in the form of time and treatment. I want to treat my body with respect by exercising more, eating healthier, and getting more zzzz’s [as my boy is getting better at sleeping through the night right now.]

And this means less computer and phone time. I have the tendency to use my phone in bed lately which is something that I WILL change in 2017.

Plus, I want to look at life in a more positive light and approach challenges with a positive attitude. As I have learned from past situations, everything can turn into a memorable moment as long as you approach it with a positive attitude and smile.

And with an hour left before we bid good-bye to 2016 and 2017 commences [and I kick these goals into gear], I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! May 2017 be a year filled with adventures for each and every one of you!!

That’s all for now. It is time to wake up my husband and enjoy the last few moments of 2016.

When I publish this post, it will be 2017.

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10 thoughts on “2017 & Life’s Blueprint

  1. Your son is so cute and looking forward to following along your photos on IG. “being more grateful for what I have and being present” You said it so well. Nothing like the present and being in the moment, feeling life as it comes and passes by and essentially being a part of it. I could also take a leaf out of your book too on not using my phone in bed. I do that each morning and each night and it really is a bad habit. Best of luck to 2017 and looking forward to chatting soon x

    1. Thanks, Mabel. He is indeed a cutie, but I am biased of course.

      I have not been very good at uploading the photos from my 365 photo project on IG. I spent my allocated blog and social media time this week preparing pictures for my latest post. I have been taking the photos, so I can catch up anytime.

      I hope you are having a great 2017. I am sure you will achieve amazing and awesome things this year.

  2. Great goals. I think your son will help you achieve living in the moment — kids are like dogs that way, all about NOW — and you’ll help if you put down the phone. I have friends who can never give their kids their full attention, because they are too busy working, or playing, or social media-ing, on their phones. I can’t stand it when I see a kid playing alone at the park while their parent is on a bench with a phone. I mean, some kids are fine and some parents need a break, sure, but when the kid starts approaching me — a strange adult — and wants to pet my dogs and talk to me, um, hellooooo, parent on the bench, SOMETHING IS WRONG and also NOT ALL PEOPLE ARE BENIGN LIKE ME.

    You are going to be an awesome parent because you’ve already taken the time to figure this out and make a plan. I look forward to all the lovely pictures!

    1. That is crazy. I see parents ignoring their kids at coffee shops and restaurants here. I actually heard one boy ask his mom to get off his phone and play with him. Very sad!

      When my son is awake, he has my undivided attention, but I tend to use my phone when he goes to sleep at night. I could be using my time more wisely and productively though.

  3. Happy New Year! I’m working at saying no to my phone too. It’s all there in the palm of my hand and it takes up way too much time!
    Your little man’s such a cutie 🙂
    Wishing you a fantastic 2017!

  4. Excellent goals for 2017. Living in the moment and gratitude can’t be beat. And mom can always use some TLC. Good luck on your 365 photos. That’s quite a challenge.

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