2017 | New Years Resolutions / Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog



What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along!

2017 | New Years Resolutions

It's honestly been one for the books. 
went to three protests, made a baby, 
spent 9 months being an incubator for a little human, 
went through labor, now have a son 
 adjust[eding] to motherhood, 
and started this blog.
365 days just flew by.
so. darn. fast. 
seriously, where did the time go? 
regardless of where it went, 
it's time to say

In this coming year, 
I resolve to: 
  1. drink more water. during my pregnancy, I found out that I was severely dehydrated -- which would explain the migraines I used to have before. this resolution is a must. I am aiming for about 67 ounces a day. 
  2. lose 60 to 65 pounds. everyone has a weight loss goal on their list, it almost seems cliche, but I really need to do this. I entered 2016 thinking I was going to lose the 25 pounds I gained after I got married, but then I read a positive pregnant test in late February, making my weight loss resolution nearly impossible. I gained about 45 pounds while pregnant, and even though about 10 pounds came off as soon as I gave birth, I am still overweight. I am the heaviest I have ever been and I feel ridiculous. not to mention the fact that I am getting tired of everyone commenting on how skinny I used to be. I hate the way I look in pictures too. I really miss my body and being able to fit in my clothes. I am determined to lose all the extra weight. 
  3. portion control and no eating after 7. this one kind of bounces off the previous one, but thats okay. When I was in high school and the beginning of college, I wouldn't eat full meals unless it was on a dessert plate. I'd snack through out the day, and then only drink water after 7. If I was really hungry, I'd just drink 2 bottles of water (16 oz) and then I'd be good to go. I really want to get back to that lifestyle. 
  4. start exercising again. another cliche, but still a good one. I want to exercise at least 3 times a week. I used to run in high school and it was really refreshing to get off the treadmill, look in the mirror and see sweat dripping -- it made me feel accomplished (plus, a shower after an intense workout is the best feeing). This resolution was originally to walk an hour a day, but since I live in a rainy city, that's not really reasonable -- what I do know is that I want to get back to that fit and fresh type of feels. I'll walk when the weather permits it. 
  5. learn calligraphy. something I've always wanted to do, so why not make this year the year I actually learn? 
  6. cook more home-cooked meals. when I first got married, I was always cooking, but when I got pregnant, I rarely did because everything made me feel sick. now it's time to start cooking and recording family recipes. 
  7. love on my little family as much as possible. having a healthy in tact family is such a blessing, especially in today's world. I want my son and husband to know that I love them tremendously, but not only that -- I want them to really feel it too.
  8. conquer the art of applying eyeliner. this is something I have been avoiding since the beginning of forever. I've tried a few times and have epically failed. something about eyeliner is just so intimidating. giving myself 365 days to perfect the cat eye. 
  9. take more pictures. the mission is to document everything. and to get back to artistic editing since this past year I stopped channeling my artistic self.
  10. get organized and adopt a minimalistic outlook. I want to start a bullet journal (aka, a planner) and organize! now with a baby, it's really easy to be disorganized and it can get frustrating. I want to reorganize the house and get rid of some clutter. 
  11. garden. I used to do this all the time, and I really want to get back to it. it's a great stress reliever and a good way to get vitamin d. 
  12. drink more tea. because thats the epitome of sophistication is it not?
  13. get out of bed by 8:30-9:00 am. I usually am up before 7 because I breastfeed, but it's so tempting to snuggle up with my baby and sleep in until 10:30. a good time to work out would be during Felix's morning nap. 
  14. try more "daring" make up looks. and by daring I mean, with the eye shadow because up until now, I haven't really gone further than a barely noticeable look. 
  15. establish a skin care routine. I take care of my skin, but I feel like I'm lacking consistency lately. It hasn't always been this way, but having a baby really does minimize "me time" to the point where you pass on things you maybe shouldn't. 
  16. spend more time doing devotionals. this is a resolution that I have every year and at the end of each year, I look back and wish that I would have spent more time in the Lords presence. I am wanting to do an intense study on the books people skip by -- Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. 
  17. keep blogging. I want to post weekly. I started this blog to document life, and that's what I plan on doing. some of these resolutions will be blogged about -- especially my weight loss. writing about it will keep my accountable, so get ready for that and much much more!

happy new year everyone!


I hope it'll be a good one for all of us.

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