Since posting my 2017 in Review, I received a lot of messages inquiring what my goals for next year would be with the addition of our son.
2018 is going to be a year filled with new obstacles to overcome as well as new lessons to be learnt. Honestly, I have no clue how I am going to handle a baby; am I afraid? Yes, terrified. Am I excited? Even more so.
My goals for 2018 are focused on bettering myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Below I have listed my biggest focuses for the coming year-
To have insecurities and doubts, acknowledge them, and then let them go.
I usually let my negative thoughts consume me and want to work on that. As a mother, I am sure I will have many notions that will make me doubt myself, but I will not be an effective parent until I am confident in my decisions and believe in myself.
To listen to advice from people about how to raise my child, but to come to my own conclusions and follow what I believe is best.
It is easy to become overwhelmed when everyone and their moms want to give you “just one piece of advice” which usually turns into a whole list of do’s and don’ts. People will judge you no matter what decision you make so there’s no point in trying to please everyone. I have found that it is best to focus on what is most appropriate for myself and my family and that will most definitely be the best decision.
To be balanced in my health.
As I embark on this new chapter in my life, I want to be an example for my son on what healthy living looks like. I want to eat salads and quinoa but also have an ice cream cone when we go out. I want to workout and go on jogs and hikes, but also spend Sundays doing nothing but watching movies in bed. I want to focus on nourishing both my body and soul.
To pray 5 times a day.
This is something that I have been working on for a couple years now, but want to continue to make a hard effort to achieve. I get caught up in life sometimes- I will be out shopping or at someone’s house and the thought to pray will not even cross my mind. Even if I am in a situation where I cannot pray (and I really shouldn’t be) I want to at least remember that I have this responsibility that needs to be upheld. I find that days I do pray are days that I have a sense of calm within myself. My anxiety is less and I am happier- it is something I have a duty to do as a Muslim, and want to make sure it is something constantly on my mind.
Spend an hour a day focusing on myself.
This could mean working out, shopping, meditating, or taking a bubble bath. I want to ensure I spend time on making myself happy and doing something for me everyday.
That’s all! 2018 is the year for me to become content as a human being and work on bettering my soul and body. I want to be the best version of myself without constraining myself to specific goals and deadlines.
What are some of your goals for the new year? I would love to hear them!
Talk to you guys soon <3