*This post is sponsored by My Infinite Agenda*
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Happy New Year, Friends!
The clock has struck twelve and it’s time to start a new. I think the majority of us are ready for a fresh start in the new year! My yearly goals always begin with a supercharged health and wellness plan. I start to actually meal plan during the first few weeks of January, with the hopes of making it to the gym 3-4 times a week. I try my best to walk into the new year with a more positive mindset that will carry me through the year, but somewhere along the way I always fall short on those plans.
2017 was a year of strength and growth for me. My husband and I finally tied the knot, A turned two, I made more time for loved ones, dealt (and currently still dealing) with my endometriosis, and I learned to fight for my mental health! I’m not much for labels (except hot mess) but I found out what it really means to be a warrior. I finally championed for myself and took control of my postpartum depression. But with all of these new changes, the one I’m most proud of is re-evaluating my goals AND MY FREAKING WORTH! Halfway through 2017 I realized how lost I had gotten in my role as a mother, and thanks to my amazing therapist I’m now on a track to pursue what I worked so hard for in college.
I’m not ashamed of the fact that I let motherhood take over my life. And I’m definitely not afraid to say that I had postpartum depression. What I’ve learned from the past two years is how to be a better fighter and friend, not only for the people around me, but for myself. This new way of life didn’t come overnight. My low point came just after our wedding where I was at my absolute worst.
As I searched through my agenda for a certain quote, my eyes turned to tears as soon as I opened this page. August was the month I decided my life needed to change BIG TIME, and would seek out help from a therapist. She helped me find the good within myself again, and taught me to be kind with my inner self. Postpartum depression left me with a broken soul that I tried to fix by overloading my schedule, in hopes I wouldn’t think about it; which in turn only worsened the problem. So I have spent the past 5 months fighting for my mind, body, and soul. I took on a new eating plan that is working well for me physically. With the help of my therapist I’ve gained a new way of speaking to myself, by showing kindness first (and as I write that out all I can think of are the countless sesame street songs centered around kindness). Yoga and meditation have become a weekly routine for me, which has helped keep me grounded. And I’m heading into 2018 ready to tackle the goals I’ve laid out for myself.
I have two main goals for 2018.
Grow my blog into a place of community and outreach for Women.
My blog was always something of a hobby for me. A way to share my story, and connect with other mothers who have gone through, or are going through postpartum depression. But this past year has shown me that it isn’t just mothers who are reading my blog. It’s Women (and some men!) of all ages, and stages in life. I get so many messages from mothers who’ve gone through postpartum depression who share my blog with their daughters. It truly warms my heart to receive all your love and support for this little space I’ve created. And I’m so glad my blog is helping to connect mothers and daughters, as it is something I hope to strengthen my relationship with my own daughter one day. My hope for this year is to share the many different sides of what it means to be a millennial mom.
Take the reins on my career.
The goal that I’m putting in the spotlight for 2018 is my career. For those of you that don’t know, I graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. I’ve danced for most of my life, and was rooted in the arts up until I had my daughter in 2015. With everything that has happened my career took a HUGE nose dive, and I didn’t realize how much that affected me. My career has always been at the forefront of my life, and I’m determined to make it that way again. Over the next few months I’m starting with some ballroom lessons, finishing my reel, and auditioning for local theatre. To tell you the truth, I’m petrified. I’ve been out of the game for almost three years, and my talent is not at the level it was when I graduated college. But after facing a point where I almost ended this life, I have nothing left to fear but not trying at all. I’m taking my doubts and using them to push me forward with the strength I’ve already found within myself. And a little help from my support system :).
So you’re probably thinking: “Oh those dreams are nice, but how on earth are you going to stay on track with those two hefty goals??”
When I came across My Infinite Agenda on Instagram, I was so intrigued to find out more about this company and their agenda. I’m one of those ‘everything happens for a reason’ kind of people, and this company definitely showed up on my screen for a reason. Their focus is simple, turn your dreams and goals into reality by weaving them into your daily schedule. When you open the agenda you are met with encouragement, and the excitement of a fresh start that comes with the new year. My favorite part of this planner is the vision board, which I’ve been filling with motivational images for 2018! Each month is packed with intentional tools to keep your ambitions and goals at your fingertips, with the use of quotes and functional writing prompts.
This month I am excited to accomplish these short-term goals…
This month I will grow closer to these long-term goals…
In my wildest dreams I am looking forward to receiving…
And you’ll end each month with a recap of what you’ve accomplished throughout that time.
I’m excited to define those short-term goals each month, which will get me closer to my overall goal. And to help with motivation, each page has an uplifting quote printed at the bottom. Sometimes all we need is that encouraging word to get us through a slump. Agendas are always my first step to a positive new year, but there are other ways to stay on point during the year. So I’m sharing a few tips for myself that I’ll implement to keep things on track during 2018!
1.) Keeping My Infinite Agenda on my desk where I can see it everyday
2.) Getting to bed at a decent hour, so I can wake up refreshed and ready to start my day
3.) Setting a daily alarm to check-in with the goals I have written down
4.) Create a community to keep me accountable
Number 4 is where you guys come in! My Infinite Agenda has been so kind as to include a discount code for my readers. Use PROMO CODE: MOM10 for 10% off your order! I would love it if you tagged me on instagram and shared your goals for the new year, while using your My Infinite Agenda :). Not only will you be setting up your goals for success in the new year, but you’ll be purchasing a product with purpose! When you buy one of their agendas a portion goes to one of the lovely charitable organizations they’ve partnered with!
My navy agenda is linked with Sing For Hope, an organization that brings the arts to under-resourced parts of New York City’s five boroughs! One of my smaller goals for 2018 is to spend money in a more meaningful way, by supporting companies who give back to the community. Since the arts have been such a huge part of my live, supporting this cause was a no-brainer in my book!
If you’d like to learn more about My Infinite Agenda and the organizations they’ve partnered with, head to their website for more information. And if you decide to purchase one of their planners, don’t forget to use the coupon code!
Wishing you all a safe and happy new year filled with infinite possibilities!