Today we are 18 days in to 2018. I am not sure how that happened but it did. I had to give myself a pep talk this morning because I had the BEST intentions to kick of the New Year. I am a goal setter and planner by nature, I don’t ever set big resolutions because I know I wont keep them, it took me 28 years to figure that out. However, I do love setting a few goals for the year and then mini intentions for the month to help me reach those goals. I had plans to blog so much more this month. I had plans to get back to running and to work on some side projects, but guess what? We are 18 days in and I haven’t started any of that. I gave myself a pep talk this morning and told me self to brush it off. As hard as we try to plan out this crazy life of ours, life has its own plans. We have a 4 month old who thrives off our attention, we have been sick, working full time and trying to just keep our heads above water with the business of life right now, so it’s okay that I haven’t started. The first of the year is new chapter and a time for fresh starts, but you can always start, even if it is 18 days late.
So what better time to start than today, while I am home sick and my little one is snuggled up sleeping on my lap. I have been thinking a lot about this New Year, what do I want it to look like? What do I want to accomplish? What do I want my daughter to see everyday? What can I improve on? What can I let go of? What can I simplify? What can I learn?
Before I dive into some goals for 2018 I thought I would share my word for the year. I have been doing this for a few years now and some years I completely forget I chose a word, other years it manifests itself constantly in my life.
This year I went with focus. I want to focus on what matters and let go of what doesn’t. I want to focus on the important things in life, I also want to nail down what that means to me. I have my hat in a lot of different areas and it is time to focus in.
There will absolutely be more about this a little later.
A few big goals for 2018.
> Small/Large updates to our house.
Now that we are moved in and actually own our own home, with no plans to leave any time soon it is time for some planning and projects. We have some big lofty plans (like finishing the basement) but so many smaller projects to spruce the place up (updating the mudroom, painting the trim, planting a garden).
> Build my brand.
I want to continue to grow my personal brand, including my blog and photography business. I love taking photos and hope to get more into stock photography this year. As well as more documentary style photos- capturing families in their true state is my favorite.
> Find community.
One of the reasons I started this blog was to build a community of women who could inspire, uplift, motivate and love on each other. I hope to find more ways to build and grow this little community this year.
> Be someone my daughter is proud to have as a mother.
I don’t have a ton of self confidence. I still for the life of me cannot curl my hair with a curling iron and sometimes the only energy I can muster at the end of the work day is to pop frozen waffles in the toaster for dinner. Neither of these things matter lets be honest, but I do want to be someone my daughter looks up to and learns from. I want to teach her to follow her dreams, to spread kindness and love, to be fearless, confident and well read. I want her to know the importance of self-care and her health, as well as the importance of building strong, healthy, uplifting relationships. I know in order for her to learn this from me I need to continue to work on these as well.
I almost chose this as my one little word for the year but instead I chose it to be a goal. So often we are being pulled in so many directions and doing things we don’t necessarily want to do because we feel like we have to say yes all the time. We have too much stuff. Too much stress. Too much guilt about saying no. I want to work on simplifying in all areas this year. I catch myself recently cleaning the house and I will start in the living room and move on to the dining room before I have even finished the living room. My brain is so full and moving at such a fast paced that I can’t even finish a task sometimes. I have been working really hard to finish one thing before moving on to the next and slowing myself down.
Do you set New Years resolutions or goals? Or do you pick a word to represent your year?