Goals for the Rest of 2015 and Beyond

TMwM Goals

As you may remember, I recently read and reviewed The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You , I developed a list of goals I want to accomplish:

  1. Wake up earlier. Exercise, fringe hours, etc.
  2. Take lunch away from my desk. At least 2 – 3 days a week.
  3. Read more. Always have a book with me
  4. Go to bed earlier. Learn to get proper rest. Get at least 7 hours sleep.
  5. Begin journaling regularly. Just for me. Things I wouldn’t share on the blog.
  6. Be intentional. In everything I do.
  7. Spend less time on social media. Kind of hard, seeing as it’s what I do for a living.
  8. Learn to ask for help. As a working mom, I do a lot in a day. Life would be so much easier, if I asked for help.

Each month, I’m going to be posting my progress and results here on The Mom with Moxie. I hope you’ll follow along!

If you haven’t read my review of Fringe Hours, click here to check it out!

Making this School Year Successful

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My friend Tatanisha, over at A Worthey Read recently wrote an awesome post titled, “This school year, I promise to…” all about what she’s doing this school year to make sure her kids have a successful school year.

I really, really, really love this idea. So, I decided to do a similar post here on The Mom with Moxie. My goals revolve around three categories: Schedules, Involvement and Homework.

Schedules

I will create and stick to schedules for morning routines, as well as after-school routines. We often have a hard time getting out of the house on time, and with minimal headache – in the mornings. For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to create a schedule for us to stick to. I find, that with Dylan’s ADHD, schedules are super important when it comes to him staying on task. I plan on typing it up and posting it in his room and around the house so it’s always front of mind for him. I plan on doing the same for the after-school hours as well so bath and bed times aren’t such a struggle.

Involvement

I will be more involved in school-parenting activities. Since I’m a full-time work-out-of-home mom, I can’t be involved in daytime activities like being class mom and volunteering for field trips. However, I will volunteer in any evening and/or weekend activities I can.

Homework

I will make sure Dylan gets all his homework done, before the night before the due date. At his school, they hand out homework packets on Monday and the kids are expected to get them completed and turn them in that next Monday. My goal is always to divide the homework up over the week, so it’s not such a large amount. However, we don’t always make sure that happens and then he’s spending all day and night on Sunday getting it done. Add in time for checking and correction and you have a very stressful Sunday. Also, since he has a bit of trouble with math, we’ll be getting him a tutor to help.

Despite it being more hectic, I’m actually looking forward to the school year. I can’t wait to put my goals into action.

Do you have any school-year goals for your kids and/or yourself? Let me know in the comments below.

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To my beautiful boy, on your 9th birthday.

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My beautiful boy,

I can’t believe you’re entering your 9th year, your last before double digits. You’re now half way to 18, half way to being a grown man. When did you get so old? And, how did you get so tall (up to my shoulder)? Time is going by so fast and I just know that I’m going to wake up tomorrow and you’ll be leaving for college. Please stop growing up so fast.

I love the person you’re turning out to be. You are a true mix of your daddy and I. You have a fiery temper and love to read like me and you inherited your love of drawing and your jokester personality from your dad.

You bring so much to our family. And, I can’t imagine life without you in it. You are a constant source of love, laughter, fun, confusion, frustration and joy. You make me think and grow in ways I couldn’t have even imagined. You are the best thing to ever happen to me, and I thank God, every day, that you’re mine.

I love you so much,

Mommy

An Instagram Week in Review

#loveislove #lovewins

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Nothing says, "summer" like FreezePops & high-powered fans. 😀☀️👍🏽

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Happy Father's Day, to this awesome guy.

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Never Been Here Before

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A few months ago, when the hubs and I were having a particularly bad time with the kid‘s behavior, my dad said to me, “Be patient, he’s never been eight before, and you’ve never parented a eight year old before.” Now, while the statement may seem simple, it’s really not. To me, what it means is that it’s all new to all of us. We can’t approach parenting and discipline like the kid already knows what’s going on. We need to address each new challenge with a fresh perspective. Otherwise, we’ll get stressed out and find no resolution.

I’m trying to approach things, from this point of view, but it’s hard. Really hard. It’s easy to say, “You’re seven years old, act like it!” But, really, how would he know how a seven year old is supposed to act? Heck, how do we know how a eight year old I supposed to act? Because really, my eight year old is different than every other seven year old. I just have to learn to approach parenting from this P.O.V.

What about you? How do you approach parenting? What’s your technique?

Looking to settle down? Read this, first!

Recently, I found out that a co-worker was leaving to go back to school for her PhD.  It got me to thinking, how much I would love to go back, for my master’s degree. But, with a kid, bills, a full-time job, etc., that just isn’t feasible, for me, at the moment.

Then, I started thinking about all the things, I wish I’d done, before I settled down (i.e., got married, got a house, had a kid).  Here’s my list, of sorts…

  • Gone to grad school (and even post-graduate). Could have done this, while married, but it would’ve been easier, if I was single
  • Travel the world. Again, could have done this, while married. Just, not with a eight year old.
  • Lived on my own. I moved in, with the hubster, right out of college – directly, from my parents’ house. I’ll never experience, what’s its like, to live by myself.

I know it’s brief, and I guess that’s good. Especially, since I love my life, as it is, right now.

What about you, what’s on your “Before You Settle Down,” list?

An Instagram Week in Review

…Well, really two weeks in review.

Hello, loves. So sorry posts have been so sparse around these parts – really since the beginning of the year. Life has been a bit hectic, so unfortunately my blogging got pushed aside. I’m working on a review post for something really cool and it should be up on Tuesday or Wednesday. In the meantime, here’s what’s been going on over the past couple of weeks – via Instagram posts.

So. Much. Personality. I just love his spirit; it makes me smile. #thekid

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Got something really awesome in the mail today. Blog post coming soon! #themomwithmoxie

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Felt fancy this morning. Hair *and* makeup done. Happy Thursday, friends.

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“Let’s take a selfie, mom.”

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Late-night snuggles with #thekid.

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Date night. #DaveChappelle

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So, there you go. Just a ton of time spent with my two guys.  I’ve loved it, but I’m so glad to be back to blogging regularly. See you soon!

My Obsession with the Tiny House Movement

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Have you guys heard of The Tiny House Movement?

“Simply put it is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living.”  – The Tiny House Life

I am totally obsessed.

Not sure if I could ever live in one, with both the hubs and the kid. But, if it was just me? I’d totally go for it.

There’s just something so minimalist and simplistic about it all.

A simplicity I crave.

With all the crap we collect, how awesome would it be to just chuck almost all of it and live small?

Even if it doesn’t interest you, like it does me, you should totally check it out. It’s so fascinating.

A couple of my favorite sites to visit are RowdyKittens and The Tiny House Family.

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