1.5.17

A Word for 2017

Do you have a resolution for the new year? Read below to see my word for 2017, a nonresolution…

I’ve never been a huge fan of resolutions. In years past, it always felt like I was setting myself up for failure. In an effort to achieve a renewed sense of self and goal for the year, I decided to create a nonresolution for myself. For 2017, I want to take all of the resolve and inspiration that comes with the start of a new year to focus on one word to fuel all aspects of my life.

balance

I typically thrive on chaos, being under pressure, and having a million things to get done. Between work, raising babies, maintaining house, and running this blog, I’m never short of writing and checking off to-do lists. I love it most days, but sometimes, it also causes so much to be on my plate that I forget to live in the moment and enjoy the things that truly matter. So I’m going to breathe, slow down, and try to find balance in the things that matter most in life. It’s not something that I expect to be a constant success. But, it’s more of a reminder for me to pause and remind myself as the year goes on. I don’t expect to be a brand new person, rather someone who is able to find a calming balance between all of the things that bring my life meaning and true happiness.

Work

I’ve written in the past about how being a work at home mom is a constant push and pull of benefits and drawbacks. It’s a daily struggle to feel like I’m giving my 100% to working without feeling like it’s at the sacrifice of my kids. And vice versa. Finding balance in this crucial area of my life will no doubt create a sense of peace and a lifted spirit. I plan on doing this by giving myself grace, instead of wallowing in the wells of mom guilt. Focusing on work during work hours, focusing on everything else outside of my work hours, and keeping up a maintainable schedule are some basic changes that I’m going to add into my work days. While I know that this will be a work in progress, giving myself a bit of structure in my work from home office environment will be a huge step in the right direction.

Family

We are undoubtedly so excited to meet our newest little love. While we still have 5/6 more months until his arrival, maintaining balance in my family life is something that I want to focus on now. I want to spend quality time, enjoying the moments with my babies. I want to play and laugh and make memories that will last forever. I also want to find balance in spending quality time with my husband. It’s something that can easily be forgotten, so I want to be more mindful of scheduling date nights and having real conversations regularly.

After baby boy’s arrival, I’m going to try my best to find balance through the inevitable chaos of raising three little boys. I’m going to give myself a lot more grace and I’m going to take away all of the moments that will slip by so quickly.

Health

I’ve never been one to take care of myself or my body as well as I take care of anyone else in my family. While I am getting routine prenatal care, I want to focus on my overall health too. I don’t want to focus on dieting after having the baby or sticking to a regimented workout routine. But, I want to find balance in taking care of my body without extreme measures. I want to eat healthy, but not deprive myself. I want to be more active, but not overdo it on exercising. One thing that I won’t let slip off my to-do list for self-care is seeing doctors for physical exams and routine annual checks. A major part of taking care of my health means planning/saving for unplanned illnesses. I didn’t really understand the purpose of health care accounts. Through UnitedHealthcare’s new site engagement, I learned a lot of really great information. HSAs are a great way to be financially prepared for any health-related expenses.

There are three types—Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and (Health Reimbursement Account) HRA. The one that is most commonly referred to and used is an HSA. This year, we opted in for the HSA for our family benefits. I know that it will help us with our health care costs, especially with my prenatal care and the safe, healthy labor & delivery of our baby boy this summer. It also makes it easier for me to schedule those important appointments with my doctors and gives me peace of mind for my ongoing health care.

Here’s a few more details about the HSA that I learned from UnitedHealthcare’s new site engagement:
1. It’s a personal bank account to help you save and pay for covered health care services and qualified medical expenses
2. In order to get one, you must sign up for a high-deductible health care plan
3. You own the account, and you, your family, or employer can deposit money into it, like a regular bank account
4. There is a yearly limit to how much you can deposit, but there is no limit on how much you can save over time
5. If you don’t spend all the HSA money in your account in a year’s time, the money rolls over into the next year. It will stay in there until you choose to spend it
6. It is tax free! You don’t have to pay federal or, in most cases, state income taxes on deposits you make, money you spend from the account, or interest earned

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How do you find balance in your life? What is your resolution, word, or goal for 2017?

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22 Comments

  1. Balance is a great word for 2017, and I love you explained what that might look like in various areas of your life. Happy New Year!

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  2. Belle wrote:

    Such a beautifully written post. It really is hard to find balance in everything, it is a constant struggle with my life too.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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  3. Such a great a great post!

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  4. My word for this year is “Fearless” . I have been scared to venture into new territory and am planning to do that. Let’s see. Great giveaway. Hope I win. haha

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  5. Becky wrote:

    Balance is a great word for the new year. And something that so many of us have trouble achieving. Congratulations on the newest little on the way!!!

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  6. Sophia wrote:

    I struggle in the health department too and need to be better about taking care of my body.

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  7. Eryka wrote:

    Loved the photos and sounds like you have some great plans in place for the new year.@

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  8. Love the idea of choosing a word as kind of your mantra for the new year! I think we could all use more balance.

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  9. Katie wrote:

    This is so perfect! I can 100% relate! The best word for 2017! ????????

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  10. amy wrote:

    Balance is a great focus for the new year. We wear so many hats that if there is no balance, the ship sinks. Great post.

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  11. Balance is such a great word! It was my word for 2016 but I hope you fare much better! I look forward to seeing how you do this year. I’m sure you’ll kill it!!

    Published 1.6.17
  12. Balance, balance, balance. I have to stay mindful of this everyday. Working from home makes this very hard, but in committed to not short changing my kids because of it.

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  13. Patricia wrote:

    Balance is always on my list! I know this year will come with lots of exciting changes for you all and it will be great!

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  14. suzanne wrote:

    Love this, because it really is all about finding balance, isn’t it? Cheers to a wonderfully fulfilled 2017, mama xo

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  15. Bridget wrote:

    What a great post! Balance seems so fitting for your 2017 word! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and beautiful family 🙂

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  16. I also pick a word each year because I find it so much more effective than traditional resolutions. Balance is a great word! My word this year is Ease.

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  17. Val Riley wrote:

    Yes!!! I’m always striving for balance and forever feeling like I’m falling short somewhere. My “resolution” this year is health in all forms <3

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  18. Emily wrote:

    I think it’s great that you’re focusing on balance this year! Like you, I’ve always been someone who takes on way too much — currently that’s raising children, working from home, getting my master’s degree, and writing — I’m literally always checking things off a seemingly never-ending to-do list. Thank you for this reminder to maintain balance in my life, sweet friend!

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  19. Lauren wrote:

    Such a beautiful choice!! Always a favorite of course!! xoxo

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  20. Ellie wrote:

    Balance is so important!! To make sure your life is well balanced. I don’t have resolutions really but instead I set myself goals that I want to achieve.

    Ellie
    http://Www.scotchandstilettos.com

    Published 1.7.17
  21. Loved the post! My word for this year is MOVE. We’ve got a physcial move coming up in the next couple of months, plus I am really wanting to focus on moving my body more this year (fitness wise). Also – just to move past things holding me back in my life and business and I DO want to move forward in my business (essential oils). I also want to move out of my own way because can’t we all be our worst enemy sometimes? 😉 XO!

    Published 1.8.17

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