Priorities Not Resolutions

With just over 24 hours to go until we head out of 2015 into 2016, it’s that time of year when bloggers hit the keyboard with their New Year resolution posts and/or a wrap up of the year.

I’m no different. This is my post all rolled into one.

2015 has been a bit of a trial. In fact it’s becoming common practise for someone whom I haven’t seen for a while, upon learning our latest news, to comment ‘you really do have bad luck don’t you?’.

Did you see this post?

Which always makes me wonder, do we really have worse luck than others? And if we do, then why do we? Is it a bad karma hangover from a past life? Or just one of those things?

We are also incredibly lucky. So I’m guessing it’s all about perspective. Both my husband and I, have had surgery this year. His will prove to be life-saving. Therefore there’s an element of bad luck in that we both had to go under the knife, but good luck in that it was us and not the kids, and that we are here to tell the tale.

I’ve even had people reassuringly comment, ‘well that’s it, you’ve had your lot, next year will be much better’.

I think they’re right.

I have a good feeling about 2016.

Which leads me onto New Years resolutions. I’m not a fan. They have a bad reputation, kind of doomed to fail before you begin just by being described as a New Years resolution.

It’s going to be all about prioritising here.

Health, wealth and happiness.

Health is the most important thing of all, without a doubt. Physical and mental health. As a Mum it’s my responsibility to not just look after my own, but my young families. We’re talking diet and exercise. There’s always room for improvement and improvement there will be. I’m feeling super motivated to get back in the kitchen and to conjure up simple family friendly nutritionally balanced meals for busy lives.

Wealth is incredibly important. It gives us options. We’ve never been in debt, so the objective isn’t to get out of debt, but rather to start to generate more disposable income through my own small business so that we can experience more as a family. It may be that I need to sacrifice some of my time in the new year to achieve this, or that I need to be more efficient and organised – whatever is required I’m prepared to face the challenge of balancing family life with work-life as the kids become increasingly independent.

And all of this leads to the ultimate goal of happiness. A collective happiness, where as a family we are all in it together, on the same team, and experiencing life to the fullest.

What will your priorities be in 2016?

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  • Jean Iris Dahlquist December 30, 2015, 7:41 pm

    I would like to be more politically involved. Happiness and health though too, yes. I have to be reminded of those things sometimes. I always like to think in broad terms, like how I will contribute more to my community and world. However, I think it is good to have two sets of goals. Macroscopic and microscopic.

    I’m glad both you and your husband are okay.

  • Clare Arthur December 30, 2015, 11:23 pm

    It’s just life love. No one said it was ever going to be easy, but our attitude is what makes it good or bad. No such thing as luck in my opinion, we create our own experience of life. You can’t control what happens to you, but you can decide how you’re going to react to it xxx I’m not sure what I want my priorities to be in 2016. So many things! Authenticity perhaps? Being true to myself in everything I do? Health? Now I’ve figured out my ‘unidentified fitness obstacle’ (my sciatic nerve!) I have been cleared to exercise again and I want to get back to the fitness and energy of my pre-kid days. Onwards and upwards for 2016 xxx And happy new year! (I’ll be watching Jessica Jones on Netflix – there’s no point going to be early as someone always sets off fireworks at midnight 😉 )

  • Hayley December 31, 2015, 6:15 pm

    It is interesting how similar your thoughts are to mine for 2015 into 2016 especially the looking for happiness. It can feel like the holy grail sometimes.

    I agree priorities are better than resolutions. I think the challenge with resolutions is that if you don’t keep it up perfectly you then throw in the towel and that is that. Your priorities are sensible and doable, fingers crossed for a fantastic 2016!

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