Family over 5 years ago by Liz Adams

A Personal Goal for 2019

On Charlie: Santa Tee, Stem Joggers, Ugg Boots

On Jack: Tiny Tribe Sweatshirt (sold out, another favorite here – worn here), Printed Leggings (sold out), Freshly Picked Moccasins

On Charlie: Santa Tee, Stem Joggers, Ugg Boots

On Jack: Tiny Tribe Sweatshirt (sold out, another favorite here – worn here), Printed Leggings (sold out), Freshly Picked Moccasins

As crazy as this time of year may be, I always find myself thinking about how much has happened in just 365 days! Favorite memories, moments with my kids, vacations, significant successes with work, milestones – 2018 was a really good year. I plan to do a big recap of 2018 before the new year but I wanted to share an important goal that I’m focusing on for 2019.

The world is a funny place these days. Social media is constantly reminding us to do more, be better, find time to do it all, be more social, read more books, get to the gym…you know, the list goes on. When I think about 2018 I feel like I was two different people – work Liz and mom Liz. There was no in between, they both had to mold together because in reality I’m full time at both. My days were a blur of responding to emails, fitting in projects, pushing my kids naps so I could get the photo, feeling exhausted and behind and spread too thin.

The reality is that as much as I’d love to do it all, I can’t do it all well. Eventually leading to me being increasingly distracted/stressed out on the days my kids are home with me and not truly savoring all of those moments that mean the most to me. Work/life balance will always be a struggle in this industry but it’s definitely a priority for me as we enter a new year. So my #1 personal goal for 2019 is…

to be present

These boys. So much changes in just one year! Like last year, I’m going to be taking some time off during the holidays to just be present with my family and start 2019 off on the right foot. Because before you know it, your little babies become these busybodies who don’t need you to hold their hand anymore! I swear I blinked and Charlie became an adult. He has more fun saying “no!” to me compared to anything else and Jack wants to be just like him! Those moments where you take a step back and watch your little people becoming big people, those are the instances that I don’t want to miss. These smiles are so special to me.

Now that both of my kids are on the move, I’ve found a new kids brand that I’m obsessed with for days that we are out and about! Tiny Tribe has the cutest prints and coolest tees with a good message. All of these pieces can arrive by Christmas Eve, in case you have any fun plans after the holiday! We leave for Charleston on the 27th and I’m packing a bunch of these pieces from Nordstrom! If you have a daughter, please get her this or this

What is a personal goal you have for 2019? Something that doesn’t feel commercial. I’d love to hear in the comments!

A huge thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

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  1. That’s a great goal Liz! It’s so hard nowadays. I’m not a blogger, I’m a teacher and there’s definitely moments where I feel I take so much work with me! My goal for 2019 is to Prioritize! It seems silly, but my second half of 2018 didn’t feel balanced and some of my priorities got all jumbled up so I want to prioritize what’s important each day and leave the rest!

  2. Being present and living in the moment sounds like a good goal, Liz! I’m sure you’ll be able to achieve it no problem. Here’s to a better 2019! 🙂

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  3. Awesome goal for 2019! Social media certainly does hog so much of our time! For me personally it’s to loose my baby weight from baby number 2 & get myself in a regular routine of exercise so I feel my best for my kids!

  4. Love this goal! Mine is similar, but more specific—put my stinking phone away! I want to read more books, write more letters, do more puzzles (nerd life🤓 🧩) and look at my baby’s face through my own eyes instead of always photographing or videoing her through my phone. This social media world is a crazy one and I can tell my heart needs a break. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I’m going to send more snail mail, and do more experiences with my children instead of gifts! For example for their birthday we are taking them to see Disney on Ice! As for snail mail our family relocated to the Chicago area so I’m going to mail more thinking of you cards and birthday cards to our friends and family back home! Merry Christmas and happy new year

  6. Love this! As full time working mom to a 2 year old, I find I have a hard time with this as well- it’s so hard! My goal is to be kind to myself. Moms hold so much guilt- I’m not the best at work, or the best Pinterest mom, or I can’t lose the weight! This season of life is so hard. I want to be kind not just to others, but to myself at all. It’s such an important lesson to teach my daughter.