Creating New Years Resolutions: Tips for the Mama with Small Children at Home

I want to be a better blogger. You know, one of those bloggers who posts AT LEAST once a week—preferably multiple times a week—not just once every six months. That’s a big dream of mine for 2018.

But that’s also a hard resolution to make when I’m 36 weeks pregnant and know I am going to be induced one week from today. When I know I’ll be returning home from the hospital with my sweet newborn to a house with a one-year-old and two-year-old in it. In this season of life, I feel like the only thing I can resolve to do is change diapers everyday and feed small hungry mouths.

While these are definitely worthy, good resolutions to make, a whole year ahead with nothing else resolved feels a bit daunting. At least to me.

So the other day I put it to prayer, and God responded immediately: He provided me with a framework to approach my resolution making during this busy yet monotonous season of life, a season in which I feel like I’m constantly working and yet can’t see any tangible progress from my labor.

Here is the big purpose, the resolution, God put in my heart for 2018: “Put on love…and let the peace of Christ control [my] heart. And be thankful…do[ing] everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Col 3:14-17).

I know that even the smallest task, if it is done in love and for God, acquires infinite worth. This is how we build up our treasure in Heaven—yet sometimes in the day-to-day of life this fact is easily forgotten. I believe that my biggest job in life right now (aside from being a daughter of God, which is always my highest calling) is being a Mama to the three small precious souls God has blessed me with. So holding fast to this Bible verse is my primary resolution for this year…

But there’s more.

With my overarching resolution in hand and heart, I still feel that God is calling me to more. The Holy Spirit creates motions in our hearts and God has given us our talents for a reason. So…here’s how I’m going from lofty ideas to bite size, attainable daily goals:

  1. START WITH: Big Picture Resolution (Col 3:14-17, which I came to by praying for guidance)
  2. FROM THAT, BRAINSTORM: Big Dreams for 2018 (I asked myself, “When I’m at this point in my life next year, what will I [and most importantly God] have liked to have accomplished?)
  3. BIG DREAMS THEN BROKEN INTO: Monthly Goals (For each month of the year, what can I reasonably expect to do in order to take steps towards my big dreams? I know, for example, that I’ll be less productive in January when I have a newborn than I will be once that newborn is sleeping through the night (maybe by July? Is that too ambitious a hope?) 😉 ).
  4. BUILT UPON DAILY TASKS: Weekly Planning. Looking at the week ahead, what small tasks can I accomplish each day to move me towards my goals?

In my next post, I’ll share the specifics of my resolutions and goal making, as well as how I’m holding myself accountable this year (which I haven’t really done before with my new year resolutions). I hope you too, Mama, have taken time to think about YOUR upcoming year and what YOUR purpose is…I would love to hear what your reflections and resolutions are!

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