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Things were interesting in terms of striving to meet my new year's resolution for this month. I wasn't really sure what I meant when I initially chose to focus on "being present" during January. When I was thinking about my month-to-month resolutions, I kind of just wrote down whatever "felt" right (if you know me, you know I'm big on following my "feelings"). So I knew that it was something I wanted to do... I just didn't know how I was going to do it! Maybe I didn't have a specific plan going into it all, but I managed to find different ways to being more present in my life.

Here are just a couple of the things I did in order to accomplish that goal: I only worked (editing photos and whatnot) when Billie was napping and while Taylor was at work, I chose to NOT be on my phone as often as I had been (I didn't realize how much I actually was on my phone until I made a conscious effort to put it down), I turned off the notifications for my social media apps such as instagram and facebook (this actually made a WORLD of a difference), we would do things like make dinner together instead of just watching tv, and I read a book that helped me to think more about what it meant for me to be "present."

It's funny, because I think all of us would like to be able to say, "Oh, I don't even use my phone that much." BUT, when you take it away, you begin to realize just how MUCH you use it for various things. For me, I'd find myself constantly getting distracted by all of the little notifications I'd get from instagram and facebook throughout the day. I spent SO much time scrolling through meaningless nonsense simply because my phone kept on telling me that it was "important." As soon as I turned off all of the notifications, I discovered that I'd go a couple of days without even looking at facebook and I was on instagram MUCH, much less.

It's starting to dawn on me how rapidly this time of life will pass us by. Billie will only be a baby once. I think that's where the whole concept of being "present" came from in the first place-- she's growing up so fast and I don't want to miss one minute of it. I kept feeling guilty any time I was editing photos on my computer when she was awake. It seriously made me feel soooo bad about myself. So I chose to only work on things when she was sleeping so that I could devote all my time and energy to her when she was awake. It's been a really sweet experience for me, honestly. There will always be time to do laundry, edit photos, and do the dishes-- but I only have so much time to hold this sweet, happy baby of mine.

One of the books I read this month is called Present Over Perfect. I didn't actually plan on reading that book this month... but it kind of just worked out that way. I really enjoyed it simply because it presented different ideas and concepts and allowed me to take from it what I wanted to. It came as a recommendation from a few different people, and just so happened to be the one that came up next on my list of recommended books to read. Couldn't have been better timing, if you ask me.

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I can't really wrap my head around the fact that it's already the last day of January... but, like I said, this time of life is flying by more rapidly than I can even fathom. I'm grateful I gave myself the challenge of being more present this month. I think it was the perfect way to start "fresh" with the year 2018. My goal is to continue this goal as we begin a new month of the year and to simply add a new goal (for the month of February) on top of it.

I'm feeling pretty good about my new year resolutions so far!


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