Sunday Reflections

sunday reflections

So it has been a few weeks since my Sunday reflections.  I had no intentions of making it a regular thing but I did think that I should look back and see whether I actually achieved anything I set out to.  It is important to achieve goals, we all need them.  If we didn’t have goals what the hell else would you do?  I am sure there are many weeks where my goals revolve around simply getting all the washing done and seeing if I can sort the plastics cupboard out.  I have other goals and as I have mentioned before in my earlier post Reflecting Over a Glass of Wine  I do have Sunday reflections often.  Usually when the kids and husband have gone to bed and often they are goals based around me and my week.

How did I Go?

So this week we have made a conscious effort to be off our phones and be more engaged.  More engaged with our kids and each other.  It’s easy after a day at work to come home and just browse through the endless social media accounts we have as our “time out” and to check in on all the super exciting things we have and our friends have done that day. Yes, I know I posted a photo of me in my ugg boots at work, but that’s about as exciting as it gets in my office. We do feel it cuts in on us engaging with our kids.  I feel guilty that when they are in the bath I do tend to browse and not really pay attention to the cute little games they are playing. I only realise when they are squirting each other in the eye with those stupid bath fish that I notice.  I admit it, I am a terrible bath watcher.  But we don’t need to check our phones every timesunday reflections coffee we are sitting doing nothing and we are trying to change that.  The time I have in the afternoon with my kids is important and far more important that other stuff.  Not saying my friends aren’t important) but it would nice to catch up with friends and actually not know what they ate for dinner last night and not know the car broke down and that the 1 year old is finally sleeping through the night.


We could go back to proper conversations again.  I am trying and did make progress this week, but I do think this will be an ongoing thing that will be like when I gave up smoking about 20 years ago.

Breaking the habits

So I’ll have one more negative before I can then shine radiant beams of light on myself for at least one thing I did do well at.  The patience thing.  This week wasn’t so great.  I was pretty crap at it and the kids were certainly not helping.  They are partly responsible for my lack of patience.  Sometimes with my little girl, and I know she is still little, I try so hard to explain things and talk to her and she just cries and cries and screams at me and won’t listen and then my patience wears thin.  Sosunday reflections kids the kids did a lot of fighting, we did a fair bit of yelling, the ipad got banned for the weekend, dollies got put in high places for half an hour and patience was pretty much thrown out the window.  I will work on this and I know that my son is slightly impatient because of me so I am probably majorly sucking in that parenting/role model/don’t show them your faults stuff.

 I will try harder


So, now is when the big lights shine down on me cause I cooked dinner and no one is dead!  Yay me!  I actually did a really nice Mediterranean Fish Dish which you can find the recipe here for if you are interested in being as awesome as me.  I decided that although my husband is an awesome cook and I do lots of stuff while he is cooking and preparing, it probably would be nice to do it for him for a change and for him to swap duties with me.  Things like  putting all the clothes away, sorting out uniforms and clothes for the following down, chasing up ballet bags, library bags, swimming bags and all the damn bags that need to be organised.  I also made the banana bread earlier that week and will attempt this week to make some muesli bars for the kids.  I have decided that Friday nights I can bake.  I would prefer to make some things for their lunch boxes, so this is my new thing.  This was kind of a me goal as I would like to invest more time in and it actually was fun.sunday reflections dinner

How is the house looking?  Well no prizes for guessing what happened there.

New week.  New Focus.

My new focus for my Sunday reflections is getting my running mojo back.  I have found a real lack of wanting to run the last few weeks.  I don’t know why but I am just probably lazy, but trying to work out new running tracks and maybe changing it up a bit.  I asked hubby for a treadmill but he said no.  Probably was a bit of a stretch given we are embarking on building a rather big project in another country.  And family time.  Lots of cuddles and family time.  What more could anyone want really?  Do you have Sunday reflections or another day you reflect on your goals?








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  • Reply Suzi Hunn 13/07/2016 at 9:23 pm

    As a midlifer, I’m reflecting in a deep way about how best to spend my energy and time. I want to take more time to listen to my emotions, take time for long walks, and focus on blogging more. Mojo is a good thing to get back. For me, practicing self care is the best way. . .

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 13/07/2016 at 10:09 pm

      Absolutely. It’s so important to do and we do definitely need to listen to ourselves more. Self care is a must and often we put ourselves last. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I hope you get more time for those things too.

  • Reply Mia Sutton 11/07/2016 at 5:39 am

    I can absolutely relate to the not having enough patience thing. Sometimes I have to take a step back and remember that my kids are just kids. And sure, I feel like they should know better than to do xyz, but again, they are kids. I think it’s great to reflect on the week and get yourself organized for the upcoming week. It’s something I need to do more often 🙂

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 11/07/2016 at 9:10 am

      Yes, I sometimes forget my 4 year old is only 4 and I also have to take a step back. It’s so important to remember! Thanks for reading, it’s nice to not feel alone with the patience thing! ?

  • Reply Miranda Cunningham 09/07/2016 at 5:46 pm

    Sounds like a good start. Patients will elude you even when you are a pro at it. 🙂 everyone has their days. Keep telling your self you have made accomplishments and you are awesome!!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 10/07/2016 at 1:58 pm

      So important to keep telling yourself that! Thank you, yes patience is definitely a hard one for me! Thanks for your thoughtful comments and taking the time to read. 🙂

  • Reply Stacey loring 09/07/2016 at 10:31 am

    On the weekends we out our phones down and spend quality time together. To me quality time was he was watching his videos and I’d be playing on my phone, but we were sitting next to each other. Now we watch things together and actually love our time together.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 09/07/2016 at 10:51 am

      Such a great idea. So easy to be together but not actually be together. We will try and have nights like this too ?

  • Reply Kacey - Bilingualkidspot 08/07/2016 at 1:35 am

    Reflections are great, but I bet you are being too hard on yourself 🙂
    I am no good at bath watching either, I must work on that!
    Look forward to next Sunday 🙂

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 08/07/2016 at 9:39 am

      Oh thank you!! I think we are often hard in ourselves, it is important to also acknowledge the good stuff too. Yes bath watching is hard!! Thank you for reading ?

  • Reply Enricoh Alfonzo 07/07/2016 at 10:27 pm

    Hahaha! for a moment there I thought this was going to be a whole site dedicated to the Lyon’s family from the TV Series, Empire.
    Brilliant and motivational read, I love it that you found the drive and moment to reflect on the week ahead and the week past. Hopefully more people will join in with you 🙂

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 08/07/2016 at 10:11 am

      Well thank you! I haven’t seen Empire. Thanks so much for reading, it’s always good to reflect. ?

  • Reply [email protected] 07/07/2016 at 7:11 am

    I think the post is great. Reflection is always great. It is a way to constantly evaluate goals and see what you can improve on. I recently started the same type of thing and I notice a difference in my overall perspective and I have more patience with my family as I am getting my alone time (much needed)! Thanks for your reflections!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 07/07/2016 at 7:53 am

      It is really important and really lets you work out who you are and what you want. So glad that it has been a positive thing for you too. And yes alone time is definitely needed ?

  • Reply Bree 06/07/2016 at 1:36 am

    Love this! Last month we made a pact to take a huge step back on social media/technology items! And it has been so nice! Patience is one I always have to reflect and keep tract on as well!
    I feel like I should start doing a Sunday reflection too, it would help keep me accountable more too!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 06/07/2016 at 4:52 pm

      Oh good you should do one! Sometimes we fail and sometimes we do well, it’s all part of the journey! It is nice to disconnect from technology, it is so huge in our lives now. I think I will be working on patience for a while!! Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

  • Reply The Year Of The Daffodil 05/07/2016 at 8:40 am

    I am really enjoying reading your Sunday reflections. Quite impressed by the meals you are creating too!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 05/07/2016 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks so much!! I am quite impressed with myself!! Let’s hope I make some improvements!

  • Reply Rebecca Kelsey Sampson 04/07/2016 at 11:27 am

    I love the idea of this kind of post. It’s wonderful to publicly share goals and progress as a means to make them happen. For me, I’m working on writing the second draft of my novel told in verse. I’m vlogging the experience so I can look back after. Sharing is so motivating! Thanks for the read. I too have trouble being present, I’ve been thinking about starting a “social media bedtime” to help me unplug.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 04/07/2016 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks so much and yes I think it does help in trying to do better. Wow congrats on the novel, how exciting! I will check it out. Yes I need a social media bedtime too! I swear it keeps awake for way longer than it should. Thanks so much for taking time to read ?

  • Reply nicole 04/07/2016 at 8:45 am

    I have some! I wish to really to take my eating habits to the next level and start working out more. Also I which I could take more time to take a break without getting distracted and getting a day off without noticing it!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 04/07/2016 at 8:47 am

      They are some fantastic goals! Today is a new day so a good place to start. Hoping you achieve some of your goals this week!

  • Reply Stargazer 04/07/2016 at 8:34 am

    Reflecting is really healthy, in my opinion. You get to recall stuff that you can improve in the future. I commend you for being honest with yourself. And I must say, that dish looked inviting!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 04/07/2016 at 8:46 am

      So true, it is always good to try and do better. Thank you for your comments and the fish was really good!!

  • Reply Heidi 04/07/2016 at 6:10 am

    I’m on holiday at the moment so lots of reflection time and planning things in my head that I want to change or do differently when I get home. Getting back into running, and family time are high in my list. Also, I want to start a savings account called “Holiday”!!! ?

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 04/07/2016 at 8:18 am

      Love being able to step away from the normal routine and reflect! Yes I’m hoping I’ll have more time to run and yes that account sounds like a must! Breaks are so important. Thanks for reading ?

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