My Goals for 2018 (plus a habit I’m hoping to break!)
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Many of you know I’m happiest when I’m making lists. I talk about them all the time, and goals lists are my favorite lists to write- there’s so much that I want to do! If you haven’t already seen my lofty 101 Things list, you’ll know what I mean. No list is too long (although many seem too short). My goals for 2018 will be somewhere in between. Partly because of all the other lists I have going. And partly because I only have three days to put this all together before January 1st!
I’ve had a few things on my mind in the past few days that I want to do better next year, but if I don’t write them down, they WON’T happen. And now, because I’m sharing them all with you, I HAVE to get them done! So here’s hoping my willpower gets stronger and my laziness gets a beatdown- I have lists to complete!
My 2018 Goals
1. Lose 6 lbs each month (for a total of 72 lbs) by December 31, 2018.
Now obviously, this might be a pipe dream since I’m less than lethargic most days (two flights of stairs with two kids under the age of 5 make me want to sleep through every day lately!) but I don’t believe that 6 pounds a month will be too difficult. I do anticipate a plateau of some sort, so I may adjust this one mid-year to give myself a little wiggle room. I’m cutting back on soda, cutting carbs, starting a walking routine with the kids and a jogging stroller (I used to be a runner. Severe shin splints did me in, so I’m taking it EASY this time!). I’m also going to say no to my couch and complete a 30-day fitness challenge every month on Pinterest. Hopefully, I live past week one… #burpeesSUCK
2. Read 20 books recommended by my friends on Facebook.
Right now my list is less than 10, if you have any suggestions, I’d LOVE to hear them! Leave a comment below!
3. Turn our basement into a main living area of our home.
Our daylight walkout basement looks like any other basement- cold, filled with random stuff without a home anywhere else in the house, but with a nice entertainment center-like setup with more room than our current living room. Looks like a lot of purging will be happening in 2018!
4. Have our two youngest children potty trained by November 2018.
5. Change my bedtime from 1 am to 10 pm.
6. Cut soda, most carbs, and most sugar from my diet (see #1)
7. Complete a minimalism challenge in January, April, July, and October.
8. Go camping twice this summer.
9. Pay down our debt (post on this coming SOON!)
10. Participate in two Holiday Craft Bazaars.
I am a knitter, seamstress, and quilter. Not bad for a girl in her thirties, eh? It’s time I put some of my skills to use! Husband’s and my 10th Anniversary is coming up July 2019, and we NEED Vegas money! So I have a list of projects I’ll be creating for two different holiday bazaars (I might even share a few how-to posts for some of them!)
11. Volunteer at our local animal shelter.
12. Run 3 miles in 35 minutes.
Of course, this means I have to start walking ASAP to make this happen, but I can train for a 5K in a year. Can’t I? (I think I can, I think I can..)
13. Make all of Ree Drummond’s (AKA Pioneer Woman) recipes from her Food From My Frontier cookbook
This one may conflict with #6 and #1, but for the sake of research, I’m doing this anyway. Maybe #12 will help combat any side effects! (well, and portion CONTROL!)
14. Build a massive LEGO tower with my kids.
15. Read aloud to my kids each night.
I’ve been a total slack on this one. I DO read to them, but it’s sporadic at best.
My Bad Habit
I’ve had a habit of ‘picking’ the insides of my thumbs since I was in my teens, with no explanation as to why, and no resources available to try to stop it. It turns out I’m not the only person who does this (there is an online thread devoted to hundreds of people wondering about the same problem, with no solution). I’m not the type to get acrylic nails to stop it (I’ve done that in the past and it worked, but I hate nail salons, so that’s out), and having to deal with buying bandages and Neosporin all the time is getting OLD. So this coming year, I’m hoping to find a better way. If you have any ideas, let me know in the comments? I’ll be online buying designer bandages to help me feel better 😉
What are YOUR goals for 2018? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below!