I know many people hate making goals/resolutions for the new year but I love them! Leaving the old year behind and starting a new one is so refreshing, so even though it’s cliche, it is the perfect time to make goals and start something new. Last year I made three goals for myself and I feel really good about what I accomplished, even though all three goals weren’t met. Below is a quick recap of my 2017 goals.
My number one goal for 2017 was to focus on my finances. My top priority was to pay off two of my student loans. I paid off the first one in May (best feeling ever!), but due to unforeseen circumstances I was not able to pay off the second one, although I am really, really close! I plan on using some of my tax return to finish that one off! The second part of this goal was to continue to keep a monthly budget. I’m proud to say that I kept a monthly budget every month in 2017 and tracked everything I spent. Going through my 2017 spending was a huge eye opener for me and I plan on changing a few things this year to reduce wasteful spending.
My second goal was to read. I definitely flopped on this one, but I’m ok with it. I only read 7 books this year which was way shy of my goal of 20. I’m not even going to attempt to make reading a priority this year because I know it will never happen with everything I have going on.
My third and final goal of 2017 was skincare. Like most teenagers, I had the occasional pimple here and there in high school, but nothing out of control. After my freshman year of college I noticed I was getting more and more pimples and I knew I had a problem. So for the past five and a half years I’ve been struggling with acne and it’s not fun. I wrote in my 2017 goals post that “I made huge progress with my skin in 2016.” I may have but my skin took a turn for the worst this May. I was breaking out so bad around Memorial Day weekend and I could not control it. I tried everything and nothing would tame it. Looking back, I think it was stress related because around the end of June/July my skin became “normal” again (normal meaning my normal zits). Then Labor Day, something changed. I looked in the mirror and my skin was flawless (flawless to me – I still have acne scars and dark circles). I couldn’t believe it! And guess what?! It’s stayed this way for the rest of the year. At the end of December I went to my dermatologist for my yearly skin exam and she was even complimenting me on my skin and asked me what I was doing differently. I couldn’t really answer her question because I don’t know! The only thing I can think of is around Labor Day I bought a foam cleanser from CVS (CVS brand and everything) and ever since then my skin has looked so good. If it seems like I’m bragging, maybe I am a little. I’ve had skin issues for so long and to finally have “perfect” skin is amazing and I am so happy. Goal = achieved.
Onward and upward to 2018! Originally I had like two goals that I wanted to accomplish this year, but the more I thought, the more goals I created. 90% of my 2018 goals are because I’m getting married, and because I’m getting married I want 2018 to be one of my best years!
Health and Wellness:
The most cliche new year goal of all time but I haven’t been liking the way I look/feel and I want to look/feel my best on my wedding day. Here’s how I’m going to do it:
Kickboxing. I joined a kickboxing gym in July and fell in love. The workout is fun yet intense and all of the trainers are amazing people! I went pretty religiously in July and August and fell off the bandwagon in September. I miss it a lot and it’s a great workout, so I’m going to commit to going three times a week.
Working Out. I want to create a consistent workout regimen so committing to kickboxing three times per week should help. On other days I want to start running again (I really haven’t ran since my half marathon at the end of April), biking, playing tennis (I’m horrible but it’s so much fun), and maybe even attempting Bikini Body Guide again. I’ve attempted it three times over the years and haven’t finished. My ideal workout regimen for 2018 would be to workout 5-6 times per week with one active rest day (taking a long walk with Jetty).
Food. Ugh I have been eating like crap the past couple of months and I hate it. I’m toying with the idea of doing a Whole30 but I’m afraid haha (if anyone has ever done one please let me know!). For now I’m going to follow the Tone It Up Love Your Body series and follow the nutrition plan to the best of my abilities. When that challenge is done, I plan on being more consistent with healthy eating.
Cook Dinner Once a Week. I don’t really cook and since I’m getting married at the end of the year I figured I should probably start. My goal is to cook dinner at least once a week so that by the end of the year I will have a few good, healthy go-to recipes that I can cook for Dan in our future home.
Student Loans. While I still have quite a few student loans, I am determined to pay off the one that I didn’t get to in 2017. I have so little left on it, so my goal is to pay it off by May.
Save. In addition to paying for a wedding and honeymoon, Dan and I are going to start looking to buy a house late this year or early 2019, so saving money is at the top of my list of things to do this year.
Be Present. If I only accomplish one thing on this list, I want this to be it. The one thing that I hear from everyone about this whole wedding process is that it goes by in the blink of an eye and to enjoy every moment. 2017 seems like a blur because everything was happening so fast, so I don’t want that to happen in 2018. I’m trying to be more mindful of every experience I have and take the time to soak it all in.
What are your goals for this year?