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Our New Year’s Intentions for 2018

Happy New Year!

There’s so many things we love about the new year: a chance to reflect, set intentions, and make your year kick-ass. 2017 was amazing for each of us in different ways: Kendra welcomed baby Oliver into the world, Ensley quit teaching, and we both became certified yoga teachers. Oh, and we started Rebelle Kitchen. All the heart-eyed emojis. We love you 2017!

Below, we’re sharing each of our intentions for the year. Bring it on 2018!


01 | Meditate. As a yoga teacher, it’s a little embarrassing that I don’t already do this. I saw lots of cool “intuitives” in 2017 (an astrologer, a tarot card reader) and they all emphasized the fact I should be meditating daily. I’m going to aim for 15 minutes to start and work my way up to 20. Send me good vibes please.

02 | Tone up (plus my sad attempt at drawing a dumbbell). I know, I know. This is basically a nicer version of “lose weight”. But I don’t care about a number on the scale, I care about how I look and feel. (I actually have zero clue what I weigh.) In the beginning of the year I was working out consistently, training for a sprint triathlon, and basically felt like a total badass. I felt super confident, toned, and energized. The past few months I’ve been eating nonstop and been beyond lazy with my workouts + yoga practice, and I feel so bleh. Sluggish and unmotivated, party of 1? In the New Year I’ll be doing yoga as much as possible, as well as supplementing some spin and barre classes via ClassPass.

03 | Week, month, year. My BFF Caroline (who’s also a badass marriage counselor) says it’s ideal for our happiness to have something to look forward to every week, month, and year. Patrick and I are notoriously bad planners, and that’s got to change. Our “date nights” are generally just last minute plans on nights when neither of us feels like cooking, and we NEVER plan weekends away or trips for ourselves. No more! Even if it’s just a special dinner cooked at home or a hike with Brody on a Saturday, I want something to look forward to. We also need to be better about reaching out to friends and making plans instead of just waiting to be invited somewhere. (Seriously, we are the.worst.) We’ll have my brother’s wedding out on the West Coast at some point, which can be our big trip for the year.

04 | Read 75 books. So many books, so little time. I read 59 in 2017 (one short of my goal) but there’s nothing wrong with raising the bar! I’m hoping to reread a few favorites like the Conversations with God trilogy and Committed. I also want to be better about requesting bestsellers/new releases from the library. Maybe I’ll even rejoin a book club!

05 | Savor the moment. My favorite one and also the resolution I need the most! 2017 was a year of changes: I quit teaching, we moved, Patrick got a new job, I went to yoga teacher training…the list goes on. In the end, all of our hopes and prayers were answered, though it was a bit of a rollercoaster. This year I want to enjoy the life we’ve worked so hard to build. Being present in my Tuesday morning yoga classes, lingering over a cup of coffee as the sun comes up, snuggling in our new king bed…2018 is a year for joy.


Call them intentions or goals, but in the end they are all resolutions no matter how you phrase it, and that’s ok. I love to reflect and reset each year to start it with a boom. I laughed at my resolutions, after reading Ensley’s, as I had to go pretty basic now that I have a little one, but I wouldn’t change anything for the world. <3 K

01 | Have a bath every night. This may seem like a basic hygiene need but actually I tend to choose showers because they are quick and easy. Not such a shocker. However, baths make me feel 100% more relaxed and even if it’s for 5 minutes, I want to slow down and enjoy a candle-lit bath. I still don’t think it’s going to cure my bad posture, but a girl’s gotta try.

02 | Read 12 books. That’s one a month and I wanted to be really realistic with my goal because I LOVE crossing things off lists. It’s not 75 books (I mean are you faw real Ensley??) but I think I can do it! It’s going to be a mix of parenting, fiction and “self-help” books. Feel free to comment with your recommendations!

03 | Do yoga everyday (no matter how short). Whether it’s 10 minutes of quiet breathing or a 15 minute power flow, I need to get on my mat everyday. I’m going to have to start slowly as I have only walked since giving birth to Oliver, but I’m ready to ease my way back in.

04 | Go on dates. Sometimes Daniel and I feel like passing ships as we take turns with Oliver so I’m keen to get out and have a date night every month. (Ensley and Patrick we don’t have any plans for February yet, hint hint.) I’ll call up the parentals and put my heels on. I’m so fortunate to have my mom and step-dad here in Charlotte and they are great with Oliver. They don’t come to see Daniel and I anymore, we actually have to say, “Hi Mom, up here! Hello! Nice to see you too!” Lol. It’s fine with me.

05 | Get over my fears and start teaching yoga. I can’t tell you how nervous I am to teach my first yoga class. With all my teaching experience (granted it was with children) I should feel at least a little prepared, but I don’t. I know it’s because I like to be excellent at whatever I do, right from the start (which is totally unrealistic) but that doesn’t make the fears go away. Wish me luck!

Wishing you the happiest and healthiest 2018!

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Hi, I'm Kendra

I am a qualified Montessori teacher and yoga teacher up to my ears in diapers, toy cars and the best kisses a mama can handle. I am passionate about connecting with moms and supporting each other on this journey of motherhood. I share family-friendly recipes, my pregnancy, postpartum and parenting journey, Montessori inspiration, and products we loveI am a South African living in the US with my hubby and two boys.

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