Monday, September 9, 2013

A New Beginning: Becoming a Better Me

Lately I've been feeling like I've stopped taking charge of my life and somehow stopped participating in the things around me. I've let my role as a single mother during the weeks swallow me up where I feel like it's given me an excuse to sit around to do nothing because of how exhausting it can be sometimes. Most days, unless we have somewhere to be, neither me or the girls are dressed. I lazy around in my pajama's and unwashed hair hoping that no one decides to knock on the door. I've also become so immersed in the world of social networks and Pinterest that I often find myself jumping on the computer to send/answer an email and end up spending at least on hour more checking other things all the while leaving Mia and Livy to entertain themselves. I'm feeling overwhelmed by how far behind I am in housework, like I have no energy and will to want to do much not to mention Mia is at the fun age where she is learning so much and likes to discover and experience new things. Things which I should be taking more time to show her and help her learn.

Just so people don't get a completely wrong idea of me and think I'm the worst mother, it's not this ALL the time, but I feel like it's happening more often then I would like. With the start of fall and the beginning of September it's always seemed to mark a "new" year or a new start for me. When I was in school it would be a time to make new goals and a start to a new routine for my new semester. So I thought this would be the perfect time to think about what makes me happy and feel more energetic as well as what are the things that are most important to me that I should be spending my time on. This has led to a list of new goals I would like to set and you're welcome to come along as well as join in my journey of becoming a better me.

The Goals:

- Get the girls and myself dressed and ready for the day first thing in the morning after breakfast.

- Early to bed, early to rise: I've been going to bed WAY to late and therefore wake up tired when the girls get up. So I plan to start going to bed earlier so when Livy gets up around 6:30 to eat I'll just stay up and use that as some "me" time to blog, exercise and shower.

- No computer or cell phone while the girls are awake.

- Do some kind of developmental/creative activity with Mia every day how ever big or small.

- Create a weekly cleaning and organization schedule for the housework and stick to it. I found this one on Pinterest the other day that I really liked.

- Strengthen a relationship every week whether it be my spouse, one of my girls, a friend, family member or neighbor.

Wish me luck on my first week with my new goals! Hope everyone has a great Monday!


  1. I can relate to this. It encourages me to do better on not spending so much time on the web. Love that cleaning list too!

  2. Thanks for this post, Hanna! I feel the same way, and definitely something I needed to hear as well. I love that cleaning schedule and your goals. This makes me want to make some goals as well! Good luck on your first week! You'll be awesome! And you are an awesome mom :)

  3. Great post Hanna. I too started a new me. Change is good when it comes to wanting to be better. Good luck on your goals I hope I can do as well on mine and stay with it.

  4. You'll be great Hanna! When Lee was gone to a training for two months (this was back in 2008) I was so excited for each day to come to an end. I have been thinking a little on the same lines as you lately--to restart and set some new goals. So far not much has changed as I feel life in other areas is still so busy! But slowly I am getting there. I would love to hear any other things that you'll be up to!

  5. Awesome post! You are SO beautiful Hanna!! I relate all too well to everything you wrote. I too am working on getting the happy (and productive) me back. It's definitely a process, but I think I'm slowly figuring it out. You'll do wonderfully, I know!


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