Goals for 2018

Hello, my name is Audrey and I am a goal-fudger. I make them, I feel good about them, & then I remove all pressure to actually achieve them.

(Oops, sorry. Insert obligatory “Welcome to 2018” sentence here.)

Ok, back to goals. My lackadaisical attitude is definitely a coping mechanism to avoid failing or feeling overwhelmed, but it’s also a piss-poor way to meet goals. So I’m going to start holding myself a little more accountable. With my morning confession out of the way, let’s get to the goals…

Drink 64 oz. of water a day.
I know this should already be a thing but it’s not with me. (Is the key number still 64?) Honestly, I barely get one glass of water in my body a day, let alone 64 ounces. Coffee, tea, and wine probably make up 90% of my blood right meow.

Read 50 books in 2018. And complete one of Erin’s Challenges.
No more excuses. I like to read, I have so many unread books, I own a library card.

Start exercising.
This was on my list for 2017 and I tactfully avoided it. I have a unique set of skills.
Annnnywaaaay… we have gym memberships and we didn’t use them ONCE in 2017. Pathetic.

Keep up with meal planning.
This was probably the only 2017 goal that I held myself to, although selling the house and moving really threw us off for a few months. No excuses like that this year 🙂

Practice kindness, patience, grace, and peace.
I am a fiery person and I’m proud of that. I enjoy discussing politics and voicing my opinion and standing up for the right people and critters and causes. I also think that I try to extend patience and kindness in new situations or to those in need. On the flip side, I can be extremely harsh and grumpy and snide to those closest to me, particularly K and my mom. I’d like to start curbing the snark and allowing myself to be a little sweeter and vulnerable with my loved ones. I know that sounds silly and backward, but it’s how I’ve operated all my life and I’m looking for a serious attitude overhaul 😉

So there we have it. In addition to these yearlong resolutions I’m also planning to make and check off seasonal/quarterly goals. If you recall, I have a few wintertime ones in place right now.

What are your goals for 2018? Did you pick a word for the year? (I find that doesn’t work for me.)

My word for 2016

I’ve put a lot of thought into this post. I intentionally made it the last in my end-of-the-year trilogy. When I started this two weeks ago I didn’t have a word picked out… I hoped it would just come to me.
( Part 1 – Reflections on 2015 & Part 2 – Goals for 2016 )

I wanted to really, really love my word. I wanted it to make me a more flexible, aware, spontaneous person. I was hoping for a word that might make me sound adventurous. Maybe “brave” or “ambitious” or “discovery.”

In a way I found that word. I found a word that makes me ready to take on whatever is thrown my way… and it also makes me a little uncomfortable. For 2016 I chose the word:

Embrace

In 2016 I want to embrace where I’m at right here and now. But I also want to embrace the unavoidable changes- the highs and lows that will happen this year. I want to embrace the waiting period between now and later, and I want to embrace the craziness that happens without warning. I want all the emotions that come with embracing faith and marriage and life.

When I hear the word “embrace” I also think of hugs… which I am not fond of. But a hug is a way to bring someone closer to you and let them in without all the sarcasm and superficiality. And I want to do a little more of that in my 2016, too.

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There’s a million different ways to embrace “embrace”, but as I said last week, I really don’t have much structure going on next year. And I guess I can start first by embrace that lackadaisical approach.

When I told K what my word was he completely understood what I meant by it and why I chose it. And that makes me even more excited to make EMBRACE my word of 2016.

So I guess we will start here and see where it takes me… embracing every step along the way ❤︎

Please, please link up below with your post about your word for 2016! I can’t wait to read what word you have chosen (or what word chose you)!

-Louise

 

Goals for 2016

Honestly, I can’t believe we’re nearly two weeks away from a whole new year. I swear I just started writing “2015” on my checks and in my reports. I’m not sad about it, but I can’t believe this year is gone…

So much happened in 2015. I survived turning 25. My favorite little lady Elliot Rose was born. I took an entire week off of work and stayed home. We traveled. We partied at weddings. We grew K’s business. We celebrated 2 years of marriage.

In case you missed it, here are my Reflections on 2015. It was a wonderful year.

And now we’re on the eve of 2016. For the first time in a long time I have no idea what this year will bring. (I actually freaked out to K about this earlier this month. I dislike uncertainty.) I really don’t have any short-term plans. This year my brother will get married and we have one vacation penciled in with my parents. Those are the only things I have planned. That’s really, really weird for me.

To restore some balance and order, I’ve come up with a few resolutions (read: goals) for 2016:

Start running.
My best friend is a PTA and has given me a few tips on avoiding/treating/lessening shin splits, which are my major deterrent when it comes to jogging. This year for Christmas I’ve asked for a fitbit, some new tennis shoes, and some motivation (from the big man upstairs). Lylee has an excellent jogging pace (we tried it once) so hopefully she and I will log some miles this year.

Learn to cook more (vegetarian) meals.
One year for Lent I gave up meat (except seafood). I’d really like to take a more ethical approach to consuming meat and such. There are a few documentaries out there that I think I’m going to use to scare myself into healthier habits. Honestly, I’d really like to eat better and cook more. If I can make it taste good I know that K will eat it (meat or not), so hopefully I come up with some healthy, ethical food for us this year. I’d really like to improve our quality of food.

Find a word for 2016. (Check back next Wednesday)
Technically I need to figure this out before the new year… so once I do the actual resolution will be to stick to it and apply it as often as possible. I have a pretty good idea of what I might pick…

Read, read, read. And write.
I’ve mentioned many times how bad of a reader I’ve become. The same can almost be said about writing. I need to finish my d*mn novel. Or at least make some serious progress this year. I’m hoping these reading challenges will put my rear in gear.

*In addition to all the book challenges I have going on, I also added a new reading-related page to this space to keep me motivated all year. You can find it here (2016 Book Nook) or up at the top!

Volunteer.
I’ve been through the orientation class at my local humane society, so now I just need to get in the habit of going! I volunteered a lot in college but when I moved home I never made time. I’d like to get back in the habit this year.

It’s a year of self-improvement, but without all the crazy pressure. I’ve already asked K to hold me accountable for these things, but maybe if I check in with the blog occasionally I’ll notice some improvements…

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Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions or goals for 2016?

-Louise