“Executive decision” is something my wife or I will say to the other when we need to make important decisions for the family and don’t want to discuss the decision being made. Some good examples of popular executive decisions in our home:
- Throwing away old food in the fridge
- Moving the laundry from the bed to the floor, so to say that laundry WILL NOT be folded tonight!
- Taking the backway to Polaris instead of the freeway because ain’t nobody got time for 270 traffic
As stated in the title of this post, I am executive decision’ing 2018 as “The Year of Having it All.” I wrote about it in the past, but we’ve also had 2015: The Year of Travel and 2016: The Year of Yes (read about those here). I don’t know that we ever settled on 2017 being the year of anything, although you might say we set some things in motion that will lead to 2018 being a big year.
Hint: baby… I was referencing having a baby later this month.
So what does “The Year of Having it All” mean to me? It means having a baby and still having a social life. It means learning to be a great dad, while still training for races. It means working on my side hustles and turning them into legitimate businesses, and figuring out what I need to do to take that next step professionally.
I also think having it all means not having to sacrifice some of the things that are important to our family, like cooking healthy meals, loving on our dog and reminding him that he’s the best, and having a home that isn’t overrun by kid’s toys. I get that there will be some things that will change and will need to change, but I don’t think that having a baby means we have to hire Little Tikes as our interior designer.
Having it all also means having goals that go beyond raising an infant (although that does happen to be Goal #1). But I also want to run a sub-20:00 minute 5k this year. I want to qualify for OCRWC and make that trip with my family. I want to add muscle without adding pounds. I want to run six OCR races, a half-marathon, a few trail runs, and a 5k or two.
I also want to make sure my wife is taken care of and gets whatever she wants for having her 2017 be the unofficial year of being pregnant. I know there are women who have had harder pregnancies, but hers has not been easy and I want to make sure that any hour she needs to sleep, or any afternoon she needs to get her nails done or hair done, she doesn’t have to ask. I want her to feel like herself again, all while being the best mom, and have her own goals.
The Year of Having it All is for both of us, and I know she has a lot of big things too in 2018.
So, executive decision, 2018: The Year of Having it All has begun! Cheer to health, happiness, and having everything you work hard enough for this year!