Hello and happy 2018!  I can hardly believe the new year is upon us…but it is, and here we are!

Personally, I’m excited about this year and hopeful it will bring lots of adventure, growth, and joy into our lives (and the lives of others).  And if the past couple of days are any indication, it’s going to be a chaotic one.  For one, Kaiden starts daycare on Monday, so that in and of itself should be fun and…interesting!  Hoping he transitions well.  Aside from the day to day, we also have some fun travel plans on the horizon.  2018 is gearing up to be busy!

and so the adventure begins

2018 mantra

Speaking of chaotic, my 2018 mantra is to embrace the chaos.  This is what I plan to repeat to myself throughout the year when things get cray (good and bad).

I chose this mantra because despite my best efforts I’ve never been great at letting go of things out of my control and really staying present when life doesn’t go my way.  Instead, I tend to revert to stress and anxiety and snappiness.  No bueno!

Also, as a new mom, I really want to enjoy ALL aspects of motherhood because none of it lasts forever.  And despite how trying some parts of this journey are I want to embrace every single bit of it.  Of course, the good stuff is easy to enjoy.  The not so good…not so much!  I’m hoping this mantra will help make it somewhat easier.

So in 2018, I’m going to embrace the chaos when it comes to motherhood, work, and life in general.

2018 intentions

This year, instead of setting resolutions, I’m setting intentions.  For me the difference lies in how limiting resolutions are.  There’s no flexibility in how you apply your resolution.  You either do it or you don’t.  Intentions are a bit deeper and much more powerful.  They speak to a way of being.  I like that!

  1. Self-care – I intend to take better care of myself this year.  And I’m not talking about food and exercise.  For the most part, I think I have that part under control.  I’m talking about a deeper level of self-care.  I want to work harder on managing my stress levels and allowing others to help me as and when needed.  I’m not the best at asking for and accepting help, but I (and Vishnu) think it would help me manage my mental load a lot better.
  2. Use of time – I plan to be more intentional with how I use my time in 2018.  In the past 6 months, I haven’t been the best about using my time in a productive way that serves both what needs to happen and what I want to do.  For example, I haven’t read (and finished) a book in what feels like forever.  Not ok!  This intention should help reduce the stupid amount of time I spend on Instagram as well.  🙂
  3. Prayer and meditation – I’m a huge believer in the power of prayer.  And while I’m always taking a minute or two to pray throughout the day (mostly for what I’m grateful for), I want to create a more intentional prayer and meditation practice.  I’ve been trying unsuccessfully for years to meditate, but seeing how my focus this year is to embrace the chaos and take better care of myself, I’m going to make it happen!

I plan to check in about my mantra and intentions in a couple of months.  Wish me luck!

Your turn – Do you have a 2018 mantra? Did you set resolutions or intentions?  Tell me all about it.  I love this kind of stuff!

By Parita

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