I can’t believe 2018 is almost here. It seems like just yesterday we were kicking off 2017!
This past year has been crazy to say the least (lol). There were definitely ups and downs, but through it all I’ve learned so much. I’m ready for a fresh start and can’t wait to see what the upcoming year holds!
While I’ve never been a really big New Year’s resolution person, I do believe in the power of setting goals and self-reflection, because these things encourage us to grow. There are a number of things I want to accomplish in 2018 and I know that without writing them down from the beginning (hence this blog post), I won’t hold myself accountable!
So, in the spirit of goal-setting, here are some of the things I want to accomplish in 2018.
Grow My Blog
One of my big goals for 2017 was to finally start and announce my blog. I had been working on it for awhile but was so scared to share it with the world. I finally posted about it on my Instagram (thanks to the encouragement from my friend Reagan), and now it feels official!
I know one of the biggest challenges I’ll face when it comes to blogging (and I know I’m not alone in this) is being consistent. I’m someone that has a hard time being motivated to write and create content if I’m feeling uninspired, so I need something to keep me accountable. That’s why I was so excited when I found The Content Planner!
I first discovered The Content Planner on Instagram and loved the concept. Essentially, it’s a physical planner designed to help you plan out your blog and social content. It’s easily customizable and has so many cool features for bloggers and content creators. The planner has space to record monthly goals and stats, brainstorm goals, track your wins, and it even has a page in front that lists all of the 2018 holidays and marketing dates (you’ll never miss national donut day again 😉 ). I know I’ll be using The Content Planner throughout the year to keep me on track for my blog.
Establish a Healthy Lifestyle
Isn’t this everyone’s New Year’s Resolution? While this might seem cliche, I really want to be more health-conscious this year. By this, I don’t mean going on an extreme diet or starting a crazy workout schedule. While those things might work temporarily, I find that they can lead to burnout and can lead to an even more unhealthy lifestyle when you let yourself ‘cheat.’
Instead, I want to start making choices that I can actually maintain for a lifetime. I want to eat better, find a workout routine that works for me, and SLEEP MORE (I say this as I’m writing this post at 11:30pm, haha). But really–I’ve always struggled with being a night owl and I know a huge part of having a healthy lifestyle is giving your body the rest it needs.
I love traveling, but never feel like I cut out the time to do it. A few months ago my friends and I took a quick trip to LA and it made me realize how beneficial it is to escape the daily grind and go on an adventure! In 2018, I hope to do a lot more traveling–even if it’s just taking a short day trip!
Giving back is so important. This year, a goal of mine is to look for ways to serve others. Whether it’s donating to a cause or volunteering my time, I want to invest more in helping others and making a positive impact in the world. If you guys have any suggestions for this, let me know in the comments below!
I have to admit, I’ve never really been much of a reader. This might seem strange coming from someone who loves to write, but I’ve just never had a knack for reading. I think my problem is that I need to get over the thought that if I’m sitting down to read a book, I’m not being unproductive. I’m investing in my education!
A book I’m excited to read this year is You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. I feel like everyone has been talking about it and I’m just now getting around to reading it! Again, if you have any suggestions for books to read, let me know in the comments. 🙂
Take a Risk
I’m someone who likes to play it safe–I don’t usually get excited at the thought of taking a risk. However, I know that achieving greatness often requires overcoming the fear of failure and taking risks. I’m not totally sure what this looks like for me yet, but I hope this year, I take a risk and learn something new.
What are your goals for 2018? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!