I can’t wrap my head around the fact that we are welcoming in a new year. I feel like I blinked and it’s here! I always like to spend the last few days of the year reflecting on the year gone by and jotting down some goals for the upcoming year. Things were a little different this year being that I was hit with the flu and didn’t even leave my bed or pick up my phone the last couple days, but I’m starting to feel like a human again so I’m determined to get things off to a good start.
2017 was a whirlwind. It’s weird to look back at pictures of this exact day last year, and just feel like who I am now is someone almost entirely different from who I was then. This past year was a year of growth. Through the loss of loved ones, traveling to new places, starting new chapters, and just doing this thing we call life, I feel like not only have I grown individually as a person, but also Brandon and I have grown together as a couple. Instead of letting the hardships of life make our foundation crack, it has made it stronger. Every year, you learn new life lessons and walk away with so much more in your pocket than the year before, it’s quite amazing when you take a moment to reflect back. If I had to describe 2017 in one word, it would be growth. But for 2018, it will be “US”.
Brandon and I both decided that 2018 was going to be the year of “US”. It will be our selfish year, the year we make sacrifices in our lives in order to get to where we want to be. We are both making big moves, both individually, and together, so that we can grow as a couple in the upcoming year, but in order to do that, we have to be selfish. In past years, we were guilty of spending so much time and energy on our social lives, that we have put ourselves on the back burner. 2018 is going to be different and I’m excited to share some of my goals & intentions with you guys!
1. Save Money
Everyone wants to save money. I’m sure that’s a goal for everyone. We are making this a big goal of both of ours because we are tired of living paycheck to paycheck when we don’t need to be. We both have great jobs, the best jobs we have ever had. Coming into the new year with a stable income allows both of us to save, which we weren’t able to do before. We have goals of having our own place coming into 2019, and this is only going to happen if we buckle down, stop spending carelessly, and really devote the next year to putting money away the right way.
2. Be healthy, mentally & physically
A few years ago, I made a huge life change in my eating habits and getting back in to a fitness plan. I ended up losing 60-65 pounds. I have managed to keep all that weight off but in the last year with a new job and new schedule, I have had a hard time staying dedicated to working out every day. I want to make a promise to myself to start getting back into my old routine, and finding the time to take care of my body again. It does wonders on your mental state, as well as physical. This might not mean going to the gym everyday, this could be a nice hike on a Saturday morning, or trying a new class at the gym. Just something that gets me moving and active. Lately, I have not been feeling myself, although this could be for a number of reasons, I blame my lack of dedication to my fitness. A little unknown fact about yours truly, I struggle with high functioning anxiety and PTSD. Staying active has always been a great outlet for me. With out having this outlet, I feel the build up. I feel the tension, and the lashing out. I’m hoping that taking the steps to get back on track physically, that mentally I can get back on track too.
3. Get more organized
Brandon and I got a jumpstart on this resolution over the weekend. We went through all of our things in our bedroom. We must have donated 4 bags of clothes, bags, shoes, etc that we just no longer needed. It not only felt so good to be de-cluttering and getting everything organized, we also donated everything so that other people can could give some of our things a good home. I want this to spread to everything. I want to organize the entire house, top to bottom. Not only physical things, but bills and finances as well as our electronics. I am going to start printing out all the photos on my phone and camera, burning them to disks and then erasing them off my phone to clear up more space. This project will start one room at a time, and then venture out to other aspects. A new year is always a great excuse to start fresh
4. Invest in yourself
In the last year, I have really lost touch with who I am. My work schedule makes me so tired that I don’t find the time to get up and get ready every day which is not like me. I’m the type of girl who likes to put effort in to their appearance and loves to look put together. Not only this, but my school has been put on the back burner as well. I can no longer let my work schedule have such a big impact on my life outside those doors. So moving forward, I am going to do whatever it takes to get back to investing in myself. I will go to bed at a decent hour in order to wake up in the morning to get ready and feel good about myself. Also, in the Spring, I will be enrolling back into school pursuing my degree again. This goal almost goes hand in hand with number 5, but I wanted to make it its own separate category because I think investing in yourself and your future is one the most important gifts you can give yourself
5. Stop making excuses
This is a HUGE one, for both of us. ( Sorry babe, but it’s true). For one reason or another, we come up with “valid reasons” for why we can’t do something or why something didn’t happen for us. NO MORE. We have officially run out of time for anymore excuses. There is no excuse to not eat right and stay fit. There is no good excuse for us to not saving money. There is no good excuse why we aren’t getting to where we want to be. I hope with having a more “can-do” attitude this upcoming year, we see a lot more doors open, and it leads us to right where we have always wanted to be.
I hope some of my goals for the upcoming year can get you inspired & motivated! Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2018; may you relish in the little moments and the seemingly small victories. Those may just add up to be your highlights when you’re reflecting this time next year!
Please share your 2018 goals and intentions below, I’d love for you to share them with me!