5 in 2015 which I will be doing differently

 

Tiger girl and me
Tiger girl and me

It has been a really busy month for me this January.  2015 is here and there has been a lot of changes.  If you do not already know CHANGE is my word of focus for this year.  

Earlier on in this month I have shared my goals for 2015  and here in this post I’ll let you in on what I will be doing differently  in 5 main areas in my life this year.

1. Be more disciplined in mentoring/teaching the kids.

Even though we do have a timetable which we follow there are still many activities which do not make it off the planning page  of my scheduler. I’m certainly going to put in more effort this year to make sure that I am able to tick off every single activity which has been listed down in that book.

I have been wanting to do extra bible reading and build up their knowledge in GOD but it has been procrastinating a lot. Even though we do have devotional books at home I seldom get around to using it with the kids. I am  usually tired out after following up on their academic subjects that spiritual development gets neglected. This is certainly not good!! No  more neglect in this area.

I’m putting this down in writing here to remind myself that it is important in their overall development to develop a relationship with GOD and what better time then when they are kids to help them in this area. (Don’t you agree??)

2. Spending more time outdoors

Being outdoor certainly does wonders to clear one’s mind and to get some physical activity.  Nowadays the kids and me hit the playground/ park almost daily after they have completed their homework.  They get the chance to unwind by playing at the playground or going around the place on their skate scooters/ bicycles.

In fact Tiger girl goes to the playground twice a day as  we have to walk pass 5 playgrounds en-route to  her school. The temptation to stop and play is really too great for her.

Me in my exercise gear
Me in my exercise gear

3. Focusing more on ME.

Solo parenting has been very hectic for me. Being on standby and handling everything relating to the kids and household can be very draining. I need time to recharge and am scheduling more time  for ME TIME on a daily basis.

I’ve step up my efforts in keeping a balance lifestyle and giving more attention to personal grooming and health.  I’m exercising at least three times a week during the weekdays and have been documenting my weight lost effort over at the other blog- Rachel Dominique. 

I’m looking at more you tube videos on different make up techniques and seek recommendations from friends on how to enhance my appearance and improve on my dress style.

I’m spending more time seeking GOD through bible readings and also  developing my relationship with him through acting on his WORD.

It is important to take good care of oneself both inside and outside and I’m not going to neglect myself this year.

4. Focusing on my Marriage

A picture of R taken during one of his overseas business trip.
A picture of R taken during one of his overseas business trip.

This year will be another challenging year for me as R is now stationed overseas for work. Even though we are physically apart we communicate daily via Whatsapp, Line, FB and even e-mail.

I keep him updated on what the kids and I are doing over here in Singapore  in words and in pictures while he lets me know how work and living is over where he is.

It isn’t easy  maintaining a relationship when both parties are physically apart due to work/ family commitment. Temptation is certainly great and it can be very easy to stray from the marriage.

Even though we have been married for nearly 14 years I do not take this union for granted.  I’m working extra hard to spend time with him as much as I can by flying over to be with R whenever I can.

This year I’m flying off to spend some couple time with him during the  Valentines day weekend and keep the sparks between us electric.

5. Living simply 

Female Skates to give away (Singapore based readers only)
Female Skates to give away (Singapore based readers only)

Living simply is what I aim to do.  Since the start of January I have started de-cluttering all the rooms in the house one by one. Items that I do no longer use or have use for are given away to friends and relatives who have needs for the items.

Moving forward I will only purchase/keep items that I really need as I do not want to clutter up the house like it previously was.

The two pair of skates in the picture above are to be given away. If they do fit you and you are based in Singapore do drop me a comment and I will contact you on how I can pass  the pair over to you.

 

What will you be doing differently  in 2015?

 

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16 thoughts on “5 in 2015 which I will be doing differently”

  1. I agree that it’s better to teach our kids at their young age to develop relationship to God. This year, I will take care of myself more. Even if I am having a hard time doing exercise, that will still be my top priority for myself. I’ll check your other blog for health inspiration.

  2. Great 15! : ) Indeed it is tough going ‘solo’ parenting! Nontheless, I always take heart God is with us! We’re never alone! : ) I can see how He is working in your heart and your family. You’re an inspiration.

  3. Ah I got the “focus word” concept from you! I’ve been wracking my brain where I got that concept. haha So It was you. My focus word for 2015 is Perfection, or trying to do the very best I can in anything I do. 🙂

  4. R is stationed overseas now! Gosh I really take my hat off mums who have their spouses who travel often or work overseas! Good job juggling everything by yourself!!

  5. By God’s grace and God’s strength, I’m sure you can do all these goals. I have to agree that we have to teach the kids about God in an early age. The bible says if they’re trained up properly, when they’re old, they will not depart from what’s taught to them when they were young. 🙂

  6. The bible says;

    Teach a child the way he/she should go and when he is old, will not depart from it. So I urge you to guide them properly at this early stage.

    Wishing you a great parenting life.

  7. Since the end of last year, I’ve been trying to think of my word for 2015. Unfortunately, I still haven’t thought of one 🙁 Anyway, here’s wishing you all the best in making the positive changes in your life this year!

  8. I haven’t made a list of things to change this year, but one thing pops up very often these days: FRUGALITY. I really need to learn to save this year which is why I decided to join the 52-Week Money Challenge. I’m doing good so far but I can already see the difficulties ahead hahaha. I’ve been faithful so far (although I’m not strictly following my chosen track – I’m saving the most that I can for the week and it’s usually so much more than is required).

  9. God bless, Dominique, on your plans! Mommies need to take care of themselves, too. And the way I see it, you are doing well with your plans! (and looking great, too!)

  10. I like this list.I think I also need to focus more on these mentioned things.With a toddler,sometimes I feel I am totally in a mess!I need to organize more.Thanks for sharing….

  11. Change is a good word for 2015… and your plans are very focused around your family, hb and yourself. And your focus on seeking God more actively and consistently this year will tie everything together very well, as I am certain He will lead you to walk in the right paths for your life journey this year.

  12. You go, girl..Great list and I might have the similar one with you…being more disciplined with my kids will be a great start and focusing on myself during my treatment for breast cancer will be urgently required! Have a fabulous 2015 :)..

  13. Blessings to you, Dominique! I wish you all of the best as you work on your goals in 2015 and I hold you and your family in my prayers as you deal with the changes you are dealing with due to your husband’s new job. We have dealt with that in our own lives and know how challenging that can be.

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