Welcome to the next decade
January 1st marked not only a new year this year, but a new decade as well. So much has happened in the last ten years!
Ten years ago I was a single ensign in the Navy, living in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Today I’m a married civilian with two kids living in Southern California.
Moves and jobs and careers and houses and months at sea and weeks apart and kids and so many things have happened in the last ten years. Part of me wants to write all about the last ten years and how much has changed and what has stayed the same.
BUT. This is a new year intentions post, not a history of Kayla’s last decade post, so I’ll refrain. You’re welcome.
Part of me wants to copy and paste last year’s “new year” post and call it good because the first 75% of it is the same.
Last year the highlights were to figure out how to work from home, learn how the heck to meal plan, and reach more people here.
In my end of year review, you’ll notice I did not so great with any of that.
I did very well at a few things last year, but they were personal/family things, not work/business things. This year I’d like to continue to do well in the family arena and add some business wins as well.
There are significantly fewer major changes we’re anticipating this year, as in zero major changes. Hopefully, that will help considerably. No new babies anticipated or cross country moves in the 2020 calendar year.
Here’s hoping I can settle into a nice predictable routine and get everything sorted out and fine-tuned. I’m sure I’ll get there just in time for my kids or the Marine Corps to switch everything up on me, as they’ve gotten so good at doing.
I’m not complaining at all. But there does seem to be a pattern of as soon as I feel slightly in control of my life, someone notices and says, “hmmm, time to mix things up again”.
- Get better at working from home
- Meal plan
- Grow this blog
Thankfully though, I already feel like I’m making progress on the first two.
Figure out how to be a work at home mom
I’ve taken a totally different (for me) approach to plan my days and weeks. While I’ve still got PLENTY of room for improvement, it seems to be working.
In theory, I’ll keep improving and finetuning my process, and actually make some significant progress on my specific, smaller, goals.
I’m working my way through the Cook Once, Eat All Week cookbook by Cassie Joy Garcia. I’m only a few weeks into it, but so far I freaking love it. I have a feeling this is going to be a staple for our family for quite some time.
Cassie has done all the heavy lifting for me. I’ve got the meal plan, the grocery list, exactly what I need to do to meal prep on Sunday, and how to get dinner on the table during the week without stressing about it or spending hours in the kitchen every day.
I feel like this cookbook was written for me. So far, definitely good.
Grow the blog
This one is kind of wrapped into number one. As I figure out “balance” and effective planning, I’ll be able to put more time into my business and creating content for you.
I’ve got some big goals for the year and am excited to see them through.
Here we go
It’s interesting, because I know I’m capable of the big picture and very detailed goals I have for myself this year. I know if I just do the things I know I need to do, I’ll get there by the end of the year, if not sooner.
I know why I want to do these things. I know ultimately I’ll look back and be nothing but proud and happy I did them, even if it sucked a little bit in the doing of the things.
Sometimes though, it’s still hard to convince my brain it’s a good idea. Especially when there’s laundry piling up or an Office marathon on.
As I said, I’m making progress on this, but its a slow and deliberate process, for sure. I’ve been doing some pretty good personal development work lately and I’m going to crush this year.
Definitely not without resistance. Like, a lot of it. My brain is a giant pain in the ass sometimes, let me tell you what. But that’s ok.
2020, I’m coming for you.