Goals for 2013

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Here are some of my personal goals for 2013:

1) Make the transition to two children as gracefully as possible. 

Our little Lars is due in a few months and I cannot wait to meet him! And to see him in Kirk’s and Ingrid’s arms?! Just thinking about it melts my heart. But I’m also nervous about the transition. I know it’s no easy feat to have a baby and a toddler at the same time. Since I work for myself, I can be flexible with my schedule to a certain extent, but there’s no real maternity leave. It’ll be interesting, to say the least. I know I’ll have to learn how to juggle and prioritize even better. And I’ll have to let some things go. I just pray that I’ll have the patience, insight, and stamina to figure it all out. And most of all, that I’ll be the best mama and wife that I can in the process.

2) Spend more time with friends and be better at staying in touch. 

When life and work get hectic, I have time for my family, for church, and for work. That’s about it. But I miss my friends! It’s hard because I don’t live near any of my close friends anymore. Most live about an hour away, or else in different states and countries. But this year I want to make the extra effort. I’m going to make more time for my friends. I’m going to hang out with at least one each week, and call or write at least one more each week. And I’m going to remember birthdays (on time). Small goals, I know, but it will be a big improvement.

3) Finish getting our home settled.

When we brought Ingrid home, we were surrounded by boxes, and it took me months and months to get unpacked. The chaos filling our apartment did not help the transition into parenthood, that’s for sure. This time, I want it to be different. But last summer, we did a major remodel of our apartment. Which is the main reason why 2012 was so crazy for us. I’ve spent a lot of time organizing, decorating, etc… but I still have a ways to go. Before Lars is born, I want to get to the point where it’s just a matter of upkeep, so that our home feels calm and organized and cozy when we bring him home from the hospital.

4) Take a family road trip to Southern California.

Why? 1) We can actually drive there, which makes it an easier / more affordable / flexible trip to take. 2) We have family in San Diego. 3) I’ve been wanting to get back to LA for a while to explore its shops, museums, and restaurants. 4) I grew up in SoCal and love the familiar feeling whenever I return.

What are some of your goals for 2013? I’d love to hear. – Eva

Also: On Being You, On Settling Down, and A Day in the Life.


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  1. Jenn says:

    I support all of those goals, but especially number 4! We’d love to have you. Good luck with your preparations, Lars is coming to a great home, I know things will go well even if not perfect all the time.

    • heather says:

      Hi Eva- I think it’s going to be a great year, but probably a bit of a blur once you add a baby into the mix…and that’s ok. I think the transition from 1-2 is actually quite big but also really exciting at the same time. It will be amazing to see your little Ingrid take on a big sister role! I do hope you are able to pace yourself and enjoy Lars as much as you can! Baby boys love their mama so very much!
      I also want to spend more time with friends this year. Girlfriends are really the best and I already booked a flight to visit a friend I haven’t seen in over 6 years. It’s crazy when family and studio and life take over and those dear friendships fall to the side. Here’s to keeping in touch in 2013!
      Best to you as you enter a new phase in life! I’ll pray that your labour goes smooth and that the transition for Ingrid goes really well! H.

      • Eva says:

        Heather, Thank you so much! You know a thing or two about having boys, so I’m glad to hear that. :) And that’s so great that you will be visiting a friend you haven’t seen in 6 years! Friendships are such a gift in life.

    • Eva says:

      Jenn, Ha ha! I should have run that by you first, but I figured you guys wouldn’t mind as long as we coordinated with you. We’ll probably have to wait until Lars is a couple of months old at least to see how things are going… but I’m optimistic that we’ll make it happen! And thank you. :)

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