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The Nurtured Mommy

By: Denise E. Bailey   |   January 5, 2023

Happy New Year! 2022 was one I’ll never forget. It is up there on my list of all time favorites. Our three beautiful daughters are such a gift. Working with my husband has become my most favorite career decision. And I’ve really started to embrace the journey of life by learning how to find the gift in both the good and challenging times. 

I didn’t publish my first book. I didn’t get into the best shape of my life. I didn’t finish the remaining renovations in our home. 

But I did connect deeply with people I cherish. I stepped back into my strengths and remembered my ability to learn and love. And, most importantly, I’ve begun to forgive myself for the things in my past that I wish I would have done differently. It’s been freeing.

So for the first time in forever I am refraining from setting 2023 goals. I am focusing on how I want to feel in my career, my spirituality, and my physical health. I am choosing to prioritize what matters most to my family and friends. And I’m honoring the newest version of myself. Just a few questions to get ya thinking (I’m sure you already are):

How do you want to feel about 2023 a year from now?
What are you saying “yes” to more in 2023?
What no longer serves you?
What is the one word that summarizes what you want to focus on this year (make it your password)?
What do you want to be when you grow up?

Don’t be scared to live your best life. I promise your children will be more inspired by you than they would watching you pursue somebody else’s version of a “perfect” life.


Denise Bailey is a coffee lover, over-sharer, and truth seeker who is dedicated to vulnerably discussing the not so pretty parts of this amazing role. She is inspired by her three daughters to help women manage their expectations, let go of perfectionism, and lean into their enoughness. Denise is working on becoming a published author while simultaneously helping her husband launch his Impact Fund. 
Read more on her Instagram @thenurturedmommy
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