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2018: Goals For the New Year

Now that we’re officially into 2018, I’m finally sitting down to dive deep into my goals for the new year. I know these posts are so redundant in the blog world, but there’s a certain something to writing them down that helps them feel more real. It’s also an added layer of accountability, which I know we can all use!

2018 goals and resolutions

(Side note – how cute is this mini wall calendar? Target dollar spot, ya’ll!)

I set some lofty goals in 2017, and I feel like overall I’d give myself a B+ on reaching them. I certainly didn’t nail them all, but I think the effort was there. You can read about them in this post. I might do a check-in post to expand on how things went, so we’ll see if I get it put together in the next few days.

For 2018, I’ve done a lot of thinking on what I wanted my resolutions, or goals, to be. 2017 kicked my butt, and while there were lots of highs and unforgettable memories with Adeline, there were also more personal lows, and stress, and things I’m ready to put behind me. As I sit down and write down these goals, my theme is to simplify. I think in the past I’ve made too many micro-goals, and this year I want to keep it simple, and attainable. Sometimes I read other people’s goals and think, “Wow! She’s really got her act together, those are some stellar goals! I should add that to my list..” But I’m saying no to worrying about everyone else this year, and focusing on me instead, whole heartedly!

So, with that said, here are my 2018 goals and resolutions. I’d love to hear what yours are in the comments below!

Be Present

  • I know this is kind of a cliche goal, but what I really mean is I want to spend less time on social media as a whole. My full time job revolves around blogs and social media, and obviously my personal blog is the same, so more times than not I find myself spending way too much time on my digital life and not enough on my personal life. I want to make Facebook less of a priority, and minimize the time I spend scrolling on Instagram. Adeline already thinks my phone is an extension of my body, and I’d like to change this ASAP! As a blogger, it can be hard to have “business hours”, but I think it’s necessary. I might even re-read Grace Not Perfection, just as a self reminder.

Get Organized

Finish Photos

  • This goes along with my get organized goal, but I wanted to make sure I called it out individually because it’s so important to me. I want to make sure I don’t fall behind and get overwhelmed. I’ve got to finish Adeline’s photo books, and implement some new photo storage goals.

San Francisco

  • In 2018, I want to take a trip just Adam and I to San Francisco. That might seem random, but we almost took a trip there in the fall, right around the time of our miscarriage and I’m still bummed we didn’t take advantage of the cheap flights. I’ve never been to San Fran, and have always wanted to see it. California has been a place where we’ve made some pretty special memories, and I think we both really enjoy going out there and exploring. We honeymooned in Tahoe, and spent a long weekend in San Diego before Adeline was born, and there are lots of other destinations we want to knock off our travel bucket list. (Adam is from California originally!)

Prioritize Self Care + Fitness

  • I think towards the end of 2017 I finally started to learn the importance of self care. I’m always go-go-go and I pack my plate fuller and fuller, but in 2018 I’m taking on less, and taking care of myself more. So far, I’ve found a new love for baths and bath bombs. I’m loving the relaxation aspect, and intend to make baths a regular part of my routine. I also want to prioritize my fitness, and get back into the gym on a schedule. I was loving my gym time a few months ago, and I’m ready to get back at it. (As soon as I can drag myself out into the cold!)

Meal Plan. And Actually Do It.

  • I think this speaks for itself. We’ve GOT to meal plan and stick with it. We just have to.

Cheers to 2018, and another wild ride!

As usual, thank you so much to everyone who continues to read my little corner of the internet, whether new or a longtime reader. I appreciate you so much!

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What are some of your goals for the new year? Are you simplifying?



  • Reply
    January 3, 2018 at 6:51 am

    So we’ve taken one trip without kids and it was overnight, so I hardly call it a trip, lol. I don’t think it was even 24 hours we were gone from A and I’ve only left Nolan like 12 hours if that. BUT, this year we have numerous trips and our 5 year anniversary that we want to go away for. I’m nervous lol but I think it’s a great thing for parents to do. I love your other goals. I’m still working on coming up with mine!
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      January 3, 2018 at 9:48 am

      I think it’s so important to get away without the kids, as hard as it is! I’ve been away for two week long trips by myself, but I actually don’t think me AND Adam have taken a trip together since A. was born. Crazy! We were going to do something big for our 5 year last June, but decided to put it off. And now I’m declaring that THIS IS THE YEAR! Ha!

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    January 3, 2018 at 7:44 am

    San Fran is a place I want to go back to. I went when I was younger with my family and the area is beautiful. One of my goals for the year is to go through areas of the apartment and get rid of things we don’t need then organize everything we need or want still.

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      January 3, 2018 at 9:46 am

      That’s a good goal! Start small – that’s what I like to do! One room at a time!

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    Kelly Runs For Food
    January 3, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I love your goals! Unplugging is definitely one I want to work on more. And meal planning! Oh man, we are the worst at that. Ever since we moved and I stopped eating meat for the most part, it’s been so much easier to just order takeout or go out to eat, but that’s not a habit I want to continue this year.
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      January 3, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Thanks! Oh my goodness, I KNOW! We get on track with meal planning for like a hot second then remember how much easier it is to just grab something to go or pick up mexican on the way home. HA! The struggle is real!!

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    January 3, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Great list of goals! I’m with you on the “Be Present”, I really need to keep my time on social media (mindlessly scrolling through my phone) in check.
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    January 3, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I’ll have to check out “Grace Not Perfection” looks really good! I agree with you on writing the goals down…it helps me focus on them better and hold myself more accountable. San Fran trip sounds lovely–it’s most definitely on my must travel list. If you do end up going, I’d love to hear any recommendations or places you liked!
    I too am hoping to take a trip with just Daniel and I this year…even i f t’s just an overnight I think it will do us both a world of good after the whirlwind of the first months of parenthood. Looking forward to what you share on this blog in 2018!
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    January 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I am with you on meal planning. A few weeks ago, I made a goal for myself that I would only eat out once in 2 weeks, and I actually did it. I was SHOCKED how much money I saved.

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      January 4, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Haha yes!! Ugh we would save so much $$$$ for sure!!

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    January 3, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Good goals, the photo organization and be present/less social media are ones I need to implement in my life too. Meal planning is one of my main 2018 goals!! I wrote down all the simple meals I cook from time to time and meals that are quick and easy that I haven’t made but want to. I am then going to write out the recipes and grocery items for each meal so that however I organize what day I make what the week before I have a quick “go to” recipe book. ! We shall see.. I’m hopeful I can make it work 3-4 days a week anyway.

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      January 4, 2018 at 11:39 am

      I think 3-4 days a week is perfect!! I think it’s realistic and totally attainable!

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    January 3, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I have a good post for you on Friday- 52 self care ideas! 🙂
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      January 4, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Hooray! Sounds right up my alley!!

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