Year after year I go in to January 1 with a bundle of resolutions in tow. Come March, after a handful of “off” days, my whole list of resolutions gets derailed and I abandon ship. Typical, right?
After racking my brain, I can’t even remember what my 2017 resolutions were, which clearly speaks to their level of importance (zero-to-none). This year, instead of focusing on losing 15 pounds and buying a house, I’m setting smaller, more realistic “bucket list” type goals to help me achieve a healthier and more fulfilled lifestyle.
After a whirlwind of a year in 2017 I really need to focus on myself, and my growth, in 2018. So, here we go.
2018 Travel Goals
I have an ongoing list in the notes on my phone of places I want to travel to and plan to visit in 2018— all of which are mapped out by month. Some of the following are work related, some are in the interest of my blog, and others are just for fun with friends. Regardless, I really want to make 2018 a year of travel.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada – January
Newport Beach, California – February
Nashville, Tennessee – March/April
New York, New York – April
Paris, France – May
Palm Springs, California – June
Orlando, Florida – July
The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. I’d love to go abroad twice, and visit at least 2 new cities in the United States.
2018 Fitness Goals
Instead of worrying about a number on the scale, I’m going to get back in the habit of training in 2018. By signing up for races, it encourages me to get back in the pool, or hit the road for a run, without it feeling like a chore. And, of course, training for said races makes working out a lot more enjoyable and rewarding.
Here are my top three fitness goals, in no particular order.
1) Sign up for an Olympic distance triathlon
2) Sign up for 3 half marathons
3) Register/qualify for the U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championships swim meet
New things to do in 2018
In 2018, I really want to be able to say that I invested in myself and my health. By trying something new each month, big or small, I think I can achieve that.
1) Get my first massage (I’ve been living under a rock, I know)
2) Educate myself on skin care best practices
3) Try eyelash tinting
4) Introduce collagen in to my diet
5) Try red light therapy beds
6) Research different golden-doodle puppy breeds and visit a litter
7) Collaborate with a new photographer
8) Meet some of my long-distance blogger friends in real life
9) Rewrite my resume
10) Live somewhere new
11) Learn to do a cool, new braid
12) Dabble with drone photography and videography
While some of these seem smaller than others, I think setting realistic goals is the key. Some are very attainable, while some will take time, patience and planning, but none are completely out of reach. I’m a big advocate for dreaming big, but sometimes slow and steady wins the race.
Regardless of where 2018 takes me, I’m looking forward to another year of health, happiness and adventure!