New Year, Who Dis?: My Commitments for 2019

Dear Readers,

Another year has come and gone, and I inadvertently abandoned this “beanbrain” blog about a quarter into 2018.

My apologies for that one. I hate making excuses as to why certain goals, especially my creative projects, fizzle out as the year progresses. But I’m just going to put my justifications out there. And you are welcome to pass judgment (or not).

  • Work became insane. I actually went through a pretty tumultuous professional year shortly after returning from maternity leave last January, which resulted in my moving into two different jobs throughout the course of the year. Both roles within the same company, both ultimately great moves for my long-term professional career — they just made my day-to-day schedule (and managing a blog) a little more challenging.
  • I found out I was pregnant again. Yup. I’m actually about 33 weeks along. I’ve been growing steadily larger and becoming more and more tired. And Reggie and I are just counting down the days until our little family grows a little bit bigger. So, of course, managing a second pregnancy and taking care of an increasingly rambunctious toddler leave little room to blog (and also made my fitness and weight loss goals pretty much nonexistent).


It’s a new year. And I’ve committed to making 2019 my year of no excuses.

(Quick side note: Reggie has been teasing me incessantly about my “no excuses” mantra. Mainly because he says that I’ve been saying this to myself on the first of every year for the past few years. And he’s probably right! But that doesn’t mean I’m going to approach this year without that phrase as my guiding principle. Anyways, I digress…)

With that mantra in mind, I’ve decided to make a couple of key commitments in hopes that this year (my last year of my 20s!) is as emotionally, mentally, spiritually, relationally, physically, and professionally fulfilling as possible.

And those commitments are:

  1. I vow not to use my children as excuses to avoid doing things, especially if those things will ultimately make my family and/or me happier and more satisfied.
  2. I vow to make my well-being a priority: I will carve out time to ensure I take care of my body, my mind, and my spirit — no matter what else is going on.

These commitments have manifested into a few concrete goals that I’ve detailed in my bullet journal — and that I’ll inevitably share with you all in some shape or form on this blog.

And I’m also making a commitment to you all, dear readers, that I’ll post on this blog a bit more regularly. My goal is to publish something new at least once a week, which I think is a lot more manageable than last year’s highly ambitious goal of two to three posts per week. 

As always, I welcome any suggestions for content. For now, I’ll continue to be as honest with you all as possible about my journey through parenthood. Which should get even more interesting once Baby C.B. #2 enters our reality in the next couple of months.

So, Happy New Year! Talk to you all again soon…


Sarina, a.k.a. “beanbrain”


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