January. The beginning of a new year. The promise of a fresh start, leaving the past year behind and looking forward to what is ahead. And of course, the new year brings a new list of resolutions that you may or may not achieve.
On more than one occasion, I have made extremely long resolution lists (many of them focused on my body) and have become completely consumed by how I can achieve each thing on those lists. I fell into the cycle of setting way too many resolutions, completing a very small amount of them by the following year, feeling guilty, and then once again, setting even more seemingly unattainable resolutions.
This year’s resolution list is very different from every list I made over the years. After reflecting on the last year and looking at the goals I set for myself for 2017, I realize that it’s time for a change in terms of setting goals for 2018. It’s time to focus on attainable, well-rounded goals. It’s time to focus on achieving goals that are not related to what my body looks like. It’s time to set a smaller amount of goals I know I can work towards effectively, rather than setting a large amount and losing focus because I end up feeling overwhelmed.
With all of that said, here is my list of goals I hope to accomplish in 2018.
Goals for 2018
- Learn to stress less: try meditating and yoga to help reduce stress
- Write every day: whether it be in my journal, writing a blog post, a letter or note, a song, poetry….just write something every day
- Read the Bible every day: I used to do this when I was younger and I want to get back into reading scripture consistently
- Drink at least 2 liters of water every day: this is the only resolution that I have included from previous lists because hydration is very important.
- Pay off my student loan: I have paid off quite a bit in the last year already so I’m hoping that I can completely pay it off by the end of 2018.
- Exercise regularly and eat healthily: this time the goal is to feel healthy, not to look a certain way.
- Buy a new piece of furniture: a new couch would be great to get this year, as the couch we currently have is broken and balanced on coasters so it stays somewhat balanced.
- Make a difference: through volunteering, random acts of kindness, making donations…anything I can do to make someone smile is what I want to strive for.
- Connect with family and friends more often: Even if it’s just a quick call or a text message to check in with someone, make time for that.
- Get enough sleep: I routinely run on 5-6 (sometimes even less) hours of sleep and that might seem like enough, but I want to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night just to see how much of an impact it makes on my productivity.
- Continue building up my marriage: Danny and I are pretty good about open communication and making time for one another, but a marriage is constantly growing and changing and you have to work at it every day and that’s exactly what I will continue to do this year.
- Forgive more: forgive yourself and others more often and more easily…carrying around guilt and anger does not do any good for your mood, mental health, or productivity…let go and forgive.
Those are my main goals for 2018 and I can honestly say that I am confident that I can achieve all of these goals within the year.
As I said, this year I decided to change how I approached making resolutions/goals for the new year. I already feel better knowing that I don’t have a giant, unrealistic list to go through and achieve by the end of this year.
Bring it on 2018, I’m ready for you!
I hope you all enjoyed today’s post! Have you made any resolutions/goals for 2018? I’d love to know what they are!