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2018, you came in like a hurricane. There are so many different aspects of myself that I wish to improve this year, but I am specifically staying away from the word “goal” because it tends to add unnecessary anxiety to my life. 😉 It was so therapeutic to write this post, and I am hoping this blog will keep me accountable as I navigate through the unknown waters of 2018!
1.) Cook/ bake more
I’ve been saying that I want to cook and bake more for the past two years but this time I REALLY MEAN IT. I used to love being in the kitchen. When I was in college, my roommates and I would cook/bake almost every single night together. When Trevor and I first started dating, I would experiment with all of these fun recipes on Pinterest. Somehow throughout the years, I lost that drive. I began to look at cooking as something that was a pain in the butt. I am looking forward to rediscovering my love for cooking, and to enjoy the process of creating healthy, nutritious meals.
2.) Exercise 3-5 times a week
I basically stopped exercising when I landed my job back in August because I “didn’t have time.” Excuses…..excuses!!! I love being in the gym, and that’s another part of myself that I felt I lost touch with. I was excited to get back into a fitness routine upon the start of the new year, and that’s when I broke my ankle. I have just been DYING to get back into working out- and working out INTENSELY. I have been taking my health for granted, and I won’t do it again!
3.) Get the house organized & decluttered
There is so much with our home that I want to declutter and organize, especially within our closets and the kitchen cupboards. I seriously want to throw away and/or donate so much stuff. We plan on building a house within the next couple of years, and I want to start prepping for the process as early as possible to make the moving process more enjoyable (if that’s even a thing- LOL.)
4.) Build my savings & pay off my debt
This is my #1 focus for 2018. I have hefty student debt that I am NOT looking forward to paying off! Oh, adulting. 😉 If anyone has any tips for budgeting, saving money, and paying off debt, I’d love to hear them!
5.) Maintain a healthier work/life balance
I’m planning on writing a blog post soon on how I plan to accomplish this feat, but it’s no secret that I’ve always struggled with work/life balance. I want my time at home to be more intentional with my husband, instead of thinking about work the whole time! I am challenging myself to stop checking my email at night and only working from home after hours when it is absolutely necessary. I struggle with sticking to these boundaries, and am challenging myself to work through my discomfort of feeling like I’m not “doing enough” at my job.
6.) Read 3 times a week
So far, I have been so great at doing this! I recently went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a few novels including The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** (which is LIFE CHANGING, btw). I’m open to suggestions, so leave me your thoughts in the comment section below!
7.) Get outside
I really regret the amount of time I spend indoors. The past few summers I spent so much time indoors working, and I want to get outside as much as humanely possible this year. Now that I have summers off (the perks of being an educator!) I am excited to do more things I love with my family. We love to go for walks with the dog, kayaking, camping, hiking, and swimming, just to name a few. It’s one thing to hussle your a** off at work, but you can’t get those moments back from the office when you could be out enjoying and living your life.
8.) Focus on my marriage
I have an amazing husband who is a blessing in my life. I’m incredibly independent and sometimes I forget that I am no longer just living for myself. I want to continuously work to improve my marriage and show my husband unconditional love, honor, and respect.
9.) Be more firm
I am striving to work on being more firm. I feel like sometimes my “nice” personality is a giveaway for people to walk all over me. I’m done dealing with other peoples’ BS, and I’m doing my best to stay firm…. at work, at home, and overall, in life!
10.) Stop the negativity
Fun fact: I have to actively work hard to be positive. I’m naturally a negative person at heart! I’m very aware of this aspect of myself and am constantly working on improving this. I am working on complaining less and feeding my soul with more positive vibes by participating in more self-care.
This is what I am working on for 2018. Now I’d love to hear from you. How are you working to better yourself this year? Leave me a comment below!