Every year I set a one-word “theme” for the year – something to focus on all year to help keep me on track with my BOLD goals. I have had words like “focus” and “completion” and while both of those were really good ones… I needed something different this year. Something a little less work related and a little more heart related. I had a lot of loss in 2015 – people and opportunities that I thought would be in my life for the rest of my life, that somehow were lost. It made me look at how I prioritize things, and what I put importance on over things that really matter most. I decided I have been a workaholic entirely too long… it's time to focus on ME and what makes me… happy.
This year I am going to focus solely on being happy, and making those around me that I love happy. While I have always been a positive, optimistic person, I haven't always been truly HAPPY – and I am going to change that this year. Simply put – if it doesn't make me deliriously happy, the answer is “no.” These are the things that I am focusing on in 2016 – the things that make me HAPPY.
Time With My Family
Every time Mike and I get into a spat, it boils down to that we do not spend enough time together. Yes, we live together and work together – but simply being under the same roof is not enough. Some days we have absolutely no idea what the other person is working on, going through, or feeling… and that is not ok. It is time to reconnect. We have a family vacation planned in a few weeks to all go snow skiing for the first time, and we are planning a trip to Washington DC this Fall. But I need to make the conscious effort every day to spend quality time with each person in my family individually.
A Clean House
I am very much a minimalist and can not stand clutter in my space… however looking at my office it would be hard to believe that right now. During the holidays my office has kinda become the “catch all” and between that and me finding a ton of cute photography props and craft supplies and stuff… let's just say I need to spend some time getting HAPPY up in here and organizing everything. I am re-implementing my schedules with cleaning and organizing, and scheduling out the time to make them happen. I know when I stay on top of it, keeping the house tidy not only makes me happy, but it is easy to keep.
So this is a big one. For years I have gone from one diet to another – from Naked Fitness to Whole30 to keto… this year I am committing to no dieting at all. I have made myself miserable trying to meal prep, weigh food, portion out, log on MyFitnessPal, etc… and I am over it. I know how to make good choices with food, I know what I should and shouldn't be doing. I also know that sometimes… I am going to do the bad stuff anyway, and that is ok. This year I will not beat myself up over food. I will not forgo dinner and drinks with my friends because of carbs or calories. I will make good choices to make sure I do not gain weight, but if I do not lose one single pound this year it will be ok. It's time to get happy with ME.
Running … a lot.
Yes, I am one of those crazy people that actually loves to run. Whether I am on the treadmill at the gym or pounding the pavement in my neighborhood, I love cranking up some tunes, lacing up my tennis shoes, and going for a run. It clears my head, inspires me, and just in general makes me feel good. I love running with my friends and I love running alone. I am excited about completing 16 races this year, and filling up the beautiful medal holder that Mike and the girls hand made me for Christmas. Mike has even said he will run some with me… that makes me happy.
Time With My Friends
I really have the best friends in the world. If 2015 taught me anything it was that in the end, it is the people you choose to have in your life who make your life worth living. I have surrounded myself with some of the most positive, uplifting, fun people – and this year I want to spend more time with them doing the things that make us happy – whether it's doing a triathlon or the “Palafox Shuffle.” I will also spend more time with my long distance friends. In the last few years there have been a few times where I have “dropped everything” to go be with friends when they needed me – and in those times I have felt truly happy being there with and for my loved ones.
When I first started MoscatoMom I loved getting online every day to write… and somewhere along the line, I lost that. Maybe it was because I was so focused on “dieting” – and never could find one where Moscato fit into the plan. This year I am excited about finding my voice online again, sharing the things I love, and reconnecting in the blogosphere. I am feeling inspired again to create new things, cook new things, see new places, and meet new friends. I spent the holiday rebuilding both of my sites, and found my passion again in creating new content to share. THAT certainly makes me happy.
I am really excited about 2016 and rediscovering what it takes to make me HAPPY. While it feels a little selfish to say that I am only going to do the things that make me happy this year, I think it will be really beneficial to everyone I care about to be able to offer them the best version of me.