New year…Better Mom

Y’all, let’s just be real, we all have made New Year’s resolutions that we failed at miserably. This year though, it’s going to be different for me. While visiting with a friend last week she said she wanted to be a better version of herself this year. What a great way to look at the new year! There is no resolution to change herself in any way, just to be better. I think we can all agree that we can give that a go and most likely succeed. I have set a few plans in place for myself, and so far I am doing ok with them.

First, I got a really great planner.I have tried Erin Condren and Plum Paper Planners in the past. This year I bought a planner from a little Etsy shop that is similar to both of the other ones I have used but it is not dated AND it comes in three sizes. The best part is that it was only $10. I printed it at home and had it bound together at my local office store for around $4. So for less than 15 bucks I have a planner that is full letter size and I can use all year round. I will do a full review on this planner some other time.

I have never planned meals ahead in the past. Just hoped we would have something to eat when supper time rolled around. Usually that led us to eating out, which meant spending money that could have been better allocated elsewhere. I participated in a meal swap with several friends at the end of last year and it totally changed my ideas about supper. I now use a really cool website to store my recipes and plan my meals a month at a time. More about that later.

My favorite thing that I am doing to be a better me is changing up my prayer time. After watching the movie War Room I decided I needed a dedicated space for prayer. We don’t have a ton of extra room around here so I cleared out my vanity and turned it into my prayer space. I have scriptures and prayers hanging up around my vanity, and all of my Bible Journaling supplies are stored inside. This gives me a special place to worship in peace. A place that I can go with no distractions. And to me the best way to be a better mom is to be a more dedicated Christian.

What are you doing this year to be a better you? Let us know in the comments.

 

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2 thoughts on “New year…Better Mom

  1. Being a little more organized regarding food is helping me out, too. I have been in the habit of planning dinners in advance, but I am experimenting with writing out the whole day’s menu, including a morning and afternoon snack. I put it where the kids can see it, and it has eliminated begging for the snack they have in mind while I am scrambling to come up with something. So it takes me a few minutes in the evening to check the pantry and make a few decisions, but it has been great waking up knowing that I have meals covered and all ingredients on hand.

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    1. That’s a great idea, Sarah! I need to add snacks to my planning. We usually do left overs or peanut butter and jelly for lunch.

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