2016 Personal Goals / by Erin Baynham

Erin's 2016 Goals I'm staying away from the word resolution because it almost guarantees that I'll fail. However, over the last few months, I've realized a lot about myself. There are overarching themes that really shouldn't be ignored, so I'm getting them handled. Here's what I will be working on. 

Family I want to really enjoy and embrace family time. I don't think I brush it off or take it carelessly, but I'd like to make sure I really absorb those moments. My baby boy is due any day now, and I want to enjoy his every movement, and his bond with his sister. I want to spend quality time with my husband, keep up those date nights and keep our relationship fresh.

Debt free mentality I'm aware that I don't really respect money. I abuse it really. Perhaps that's why my credit card balances are growing and my checking account isn't. I'd like to really get back into consciously cutting down debt and building wealth.

Cooking like my life depends on it If cooking truly is one of my favorite hobbies, why the heck aren't I doing it more? I can't tell you how exciting it is for me to pull out my Kitchen-Aid, or to try a new spice or technique. I've also got to get this meal planning thing down--including dinners, lunches and snacks. I also really enjoy packing Kait's lunches, so I need to get myself back into that groove too.

Personal journaling/memory keeping Ever since I received the Project Life system from a co-worker at the baby's shower, I have been obsessed with the possibilites. That's usually not good for me, because when I dive into a project this hard, I tend to get bored fairly quickly and burn out. I received a 6 x 8 book, which I'm considering using for a couple of themes, but most recently, I've been thinking about documenting my almost 10 years at Scandalous Beauty. I purchased this 12 x 12 book, which I'll be documenting 2016 in.

Conscious minimalism I've been working on decluttering and recognizing necessities for a while now. I don't need every new individual eye shadow, I have several palettes that I adore and use like mad. The coffee table doesn't need to be cluttered, a magazine or two over a charger is plently.

Creating and keeping home routines You know, the usual. Clean out the fridge every couple of weeks, clean the bathroom weekly, but scrub the tub daily. My mother and mother-in-law came over and put a mama's touch on the house, cleaning the living hell out of it. I'm a realist, but I'd also like to think that I might be able to keep some of this up. Maybe.

Becoming unapologetically honest with myself and others I'm not as much of a people pleaser as I once was. I've had to give people a piece of my mind, and I'm content with it.

Realistic blogging Now that life is taking a new turn, I have to be honest with myself about how much blogging I'll really be doing. I'm okay with blogging once a week, although I'd love to do it daily. I started this blog to give myself some leeway, so I could write about all of the things that really, really interest me. That's why I changed my usernames to @ErinBaynham. That's why I temporarily backed away from my design business. We'll see where the ride goes.

This isn't my last post of the year, but I'm glad to be getting it out there and hopefully setting a positive tone for the new year. I am so absolutely 100% excited for what's to come!