When it comes to a brand new year I always try to reflect on what I had the privilege of accomplishing last year.
2017 was my golden year and yet at the same time was one of my hardest. I turned 22 on the 22nd of January and that sparked a whole lot of growth for me. I graduated college, quit a job I had loved for the past year, and lost (and gained) a whole lot along the way. My personal life, friendships, and work life were all taking a toll on me.
During the summer, I really dove into my blog and was fully committed to staying consistent with it as well as my Instagram. I still planned out blog posts, took pictures of my travels, and managed to have a whole lot of fun along the way.
September rolled around and I made a huge decision not to dive straight into a Masters program like many of my friends that I graduated with did. I learned in that moment that you have to do things for yourself and not feel ashamed about what goes on in the world around you. That was probably my biggest lesson I learned all year.
Looking back on my year now as I sit and plan my goals for 2018, I have learned not to fear the future but to embrace whatever comes your way. God truly has a plan for all of us.
My 2018 goals not only consist of doing things to better myself but also having a brighter, more optimistic outlook on life.
1. Use More / Spend Less
Okay, so you can kind of consider me to be a big of a spend-a-holic. I would find any reason to go into Sephora and buy something but a girl can never have enough lipstick am I right?! I have come to find that I had one too many foundations or blushes that had been lightly used. I did a makeup cleanup in August and most of the products that had expired were barely touched. I want to make it a point this year to use up all product and doing an inventory before heading out and buying something new. This not only applies to makeup but clothing as well.
2. Workout/ MOVE Every Day
One of my goals for the past few years has been to get my body in shape. Everyone’s body is different. My own personal opinions about my body will not be the same as yours but for the past few months I have felt like I have let my physical fitness slip away. From working out 3-4 times a week to stopping cold-turkey when I began my new job, I have literally felt like crap. I promised myself that this year I will get into a regimen of working out 5-6 days of the week. I have began the well known fitness app Sweat by Kayla Itsines or the BBG workouts. I have only been doing it for a week now and have been pushed to my limits multiple times, but it has felt damn good.
When it comes to fitness you need to set a time of the day. Mine is 5 PM right after I get home from work and right before my last meal. This time may not be practical for everyone but it works for me and my schedule. On top of doing the workout, I walk at least 7000 steps a day at my job. (I chase four-year-olds around for a living, what do you expect!) No matter what your choice of workout, as long as you get your body moving that is all that matters.
3. Hydrate & Nourish Your Body
Besides the physical aspect of the body, hydration and nourishment is key. I can’t express how important it is to hydrate. Throughout all of the fitness blogs I follow the number one thing expressed is the importance of drinking water and taking vitamins/supplements. The months of November & December were spent pretty miserably for me to say the least. Being a first year teacher with four-year-olds is not the most practical in terms of being confronted with germs everyday. I constantly wash my hands and would find myself sick every other week. My body literally hated me. I bought a hydro-flask which was a game changer for me. It’s 32 oz of pure water heaven. I also began taking Vitamin C, D, and a multivitamin. For regulation I want to begin taking a probiotic in the new year, as well as a skin supplement, and working in protein powder. I have listed my favorites for hydration and vitamins down below.
4. Re-Connect with lost friends & Make new friendships
I have a little habit of saying I want to hang out with a friend and then never doing it. This year I am holding myself accountable. Last year one of my best friends and I (shoutout to you Jac) became super, hella close again because we would grab dinner after her classes. I want to re-kindle friendships that I may have missed out on because I was too pre-occupied with worrying about my own troubles. I also want to make new friendships and keep those friendships for as long as I live.
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” – Woodrow T. Wilson
5. Read More
I say this is one of my goals every year but I want to make do of some of my free time and instead of scrolling on Instagram, Pinterest, or watching a YouTube video, I want to read a book. I want to make myself more aware of words and stories and use that as inspiration to help me lead a better life. I have a list of books on my mind from self-help to fun fiction and would love more book recommendations!
6. Do More of What Makes You Happy
At the end of the day when you fall asleep at night, it does not matter how many calories you ate or didn’t eat, how many likes you got on a post, whether you made money at a job or not, what matters is what makes you happy. If I could share one goal that would make a difference it would be this one. I want to wake up happy, loving what I do. I love seeing a smile on someone’s face and in turn that makes me smile. The kids I teach have taught me the biggest lesson in the few short months that I have been with them- don’t worry about yesterday, because by tomorrow it can all be forgotten. Be more positive because without positivity first nothing else can be accomplished. Give yourself a morning pep-talk, you got this! Do the damn thing that makes you happy.
I loved sharing my 2018 goals with you. Let me know what your goals are or anything else in the comments below!