4 Changes I’m Making in the “New Year”

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Summer is almost over. How did that fly by so fast?! As we move towards Fall, I'm embracing the "New Year" concept, not only for school but for myself. I'm using the change in routine and tasks as a time to regroup everything.

So what's on my to-do list of changes to make in the New Year?

1. Take better care of myself.

If I don't take care of myself, I'm not at my best to take care of everyone else. This includes turning everything off earlier to get more sleep, drinking more water, getting up from the computer to move more often, making more intentional time with my family and making more intentional time to do grown-up things with friends. There's no giant changes, no big shifts, no complete alteration of some section of my life. Small changes that will make an impact.

In the spirit of more time to do grown-up things, we're having Moms' Night Out every month for the rest of the year.

We'll have dinner, create something awesome, meet new people and hang out with old friends! Each event has very limited tickets as we want it to be a comfortable, casual, can hear each other evening. To see the schedule and save your seat at the table, go to https://lexingtonmommy.com/blog/mno19/ September and October are already filling up and we just announced these events this week!

Lexington Mommy MNO from years past

2. Take better care of my business.

I'll be the first to admit I have not been on top of my game with Lexington Mommy. I've fallen behind on updating all of the things, and for that I truly apologize! I know some of you come to Lexington Mommy for the resources, some for the conversation and a lot for a combination of the two. I've never been the best at balancing a ton of things. And that's played out with adding a new job to my plate. I've tried to fly by the seat of my pants. That has to stop. I'm driving myself bonkers.

What does that look like moving forward? I honestly don't know yet. Lexington Mommy is like one of my children. I love it fiercely! I also need to say out loud that to do it "right", it's a TON of work. And I hate that I haven't been keeping it at 100%, all of it's full potential, the best it can be, etc.

When I'm working with my social media clients, I tell them all the time, "Don't try to do it all at once. One step at a time. Do what you can; do it well. Then add the next step to your list." I need to take my own advice. I need to take a step back, look at the big picture, look at the goals, look at what my life currently looks like (which is very different than what it looked like almost 10 years  ago when we started) and make a new plan.

Now that's not to say Lexington Mommy is going anywhere. It's more to say, "excuse our mess while we're under construction." And if you have a little extra room in your prayers, ask that I don't lose my mind, that the new plan comes to me easily and that I see how I am meant to serve y'all and this community. I need all the extra Jesus I can get these days!

A practical step I am taking is signing up for one of the weekend intensives Kiri has beautifully constructed at CoCreate! I'll take off my "Community Manager" hat and jump feet first into the deep end of being a student and soaking it all up.

On the other end of that spectrum, I am teaching one of the weekend intensives later in September! It's a big step in the "evolution of Kati"! I'm excited and anxious as I graduate from working one-on-one with people and teaching small workshops to leading a three-day boot camp basically with SO MUCH information on websites, digital presence, content creation and social media. (Reason #275 why Jesus and I talk 24/7 these days.)

PS - Today is CoCreate's first birthday!! Yay! We survived the first year of business!! Kiri loves a good surci as much as I do, so check out the information on the weekend intensives and birthday offer here http://cocreatelexington.com/birthday-sale/

3. Take more time to travel.

As many of you know, Empire Gymnastics is our home away from home. With one daughter on team and one son on staff, I'm there multiple times a day. This time of year is always ... interesting. Not only do we get each kid's new schedule for the school year, we also get the new "team information" which includes this year's fees (keep praying for me) and this year's meet schedule. I have to admit, last year my attitude kinda sucked about the whole schedule/hotel/travel side of that.

Now you do need to understand that while our schedule will have which weekend we go where, you don't find out what day and time you're child competes until like a week before. It's a meet thing, not a gym thing. So we knew which weekend we had to go to Hilton Head for months. But we didn't know if she competed Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, whatever. In turn, you don't know which nights you really need a hotel room for or when you need to leave, come back, etc. (Side note, she ended up competing at freaking 8am on a Friday that weekend. It happens.)

Plus, the neurodiversity is STRONG in my house which adds an extra layer to planning travel (and surviving it). Can you see the stress here?!

This year, I've decided to embrace the crazy. There's not a damn thing anyone can change about how this all comes together or when we find out what. She loves this sport. She loves competing. This is going to continue to be our lives in the winter/spring for years. It's time to stop pulling my hair out and turn it into something positive. I'm going to look at these weekends as time to travel, explore and do fun things as a family. Bonus points if I can tie it into our homeschooling some how.

So when it's time to go to Asheville or any of the other 5 or 6 places, we'll book the hotel rooms for the whole weekend and plan some fun adventures to do before and/or after her meet that are flexible with timing. And when we get the final schedule, we'll sort out what to do when and enjoy the weekend!

4. Take less stuff with us into the future.

As if there wasn't enough going on with 3 jobs, all the kids, and so on ... we're buying a new house. The ONE thing that stresses me out about this? Packing.

Somehow our 2 story house with a basement has "stuff" everywhere. Every. Where. I say somehow but when you have 4 kids coming and going, worked from home for several years, may have a teensy tiny tendency to not want to let things go and half of your children have inherited that trait, it happens super fast. Next thing you know, you're house is full of "stuff" and you are expecting a TV crew from A&E to show up to start filming "Hoarders: The Early Years".

It's gotta go. I have to let go. I'm fairly certain part of my problem is what I call "poor kid syndrome" aka I don't want to get rid of things, because I'm afraid I'll need it one day and won't be able to just go out and buy a new one if I do. I have to let that go, too.

So the next two months, I will be purging the house and all of the things. I don't need to take all this crap with us into the future, into our next home. That also goes hand-in-hand with my plan to take more time to travel and do things with the kids.

Memories trump stuff. Memories and life lessons and adventures will serve them far better in life than a new video game or the latest toy.

So yeah ... there you have it!

Four ways I am making small changes in the "New Year" that will have a big impact. No drastic new diet. No giant new workout regimen. No complete shift in schooling. Nothing huge that sounds scary. Take better care of myself. Take better care of my business. Take more time to travel. Take less stuff into the future. When you say it all like that it sounds pretty easy and manageable ... and way less scary. Small changes that will have a big impact.

This was way meatier than I originally intended, but it's been a while since we chatted like this! We'll do it again very soon!

Make sure to get your tickets to Moms' Night Out! And check out the boot camps at CoCreate! It's all going to be amazing!

Now I want to hear from YOU!


What changes are you making in the "New Year"?

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