2018 Goals: The Year of Living Intentionally
Yesterday, I wrote a 2017 recap post. It wasn’t the best year but I am ready to put the past behind me, as best I can. Certainly, I can’t just forget losing my grandma. That loss will forever be a hole in my heart, one that can never fully heal. But, I’m ready – and need to – recapture the things in my life that make me feel like me. The things that make me feel my most healthy and whole self. I don’t think that will look the same as it did a year ago, but I’m ready to find out what that looks like in the here and now. For as much as I felt stagnant in 2017, I think that 2018 will be a monumental year of growth and positive change.
Word/Theme of the Year: Living Intentionally
Over the last couple weeks, I started thinking and journaling about the year ahead. What I wanted it to look like, who I wanted to be at the end of it, things I wanted to achieve. The theme I kept returning to was intention. In 2018, I want to live more with intention: with my health, my wealth, my time, and so on. It feels like the exact opposite of how I got through much of 2017. By choosing to live intentionally, I hope to cultivate a life that is a better reflection of who I am, and more importantly, leads me toward who I want to be.
I want to be be more intentional with my health. My eating habits slowly got worse over the course of 2017. I relied more on a junk food vegan diet than a whole foods vegan diet. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches replaced salads for my lunches, and Oreos found their way into my shopping cart more than apples. I want to focus on foods and liquids that fuel my body. As the year went on, the days that I didn’t work out far outnumbered those that I did. I want to spend more time logging miles and on my yoga mat.
I want to be more intentional with my wealth. Wealth instead of finances was, in and of itself, an intentional choice. There’s no money tree growing in my backyard. But, I want to live from a manifestation and abundance mindset, so that means that I no longer think about money from a place of lacking. In being intentional with my wealth, that means making more home cooked meals rather than eating out. This is not just about where I’m not spending money, though. It’s also about investing in things that will benefit my life or bring me joy.
I want to be more intentional with my time. I don’t want to know how many hours I wasted starting mindlessly at a screen in the last year. Social media and Netflix are not productive uses of my time. There are better, more productive things I can do with my time and energy.
I want to be more intentional with my space. I’m single and live alone, so my couch is pretty much home base for where I spend my time. In 2018, I want to create better habits of eating meals at the table and doing health coaching work sitting at my desk. While I already try to trend towards minimalism, I can do better about purging my home of things that no longer serve me. I also want to cultivate a space that brings me joy.
What I love about all of these areas of intention is how they intersect. As I am more intentional about eating better, I’m going to spend less money on junk food and eating out. As I spend less time scrolling through Instagram, it opens up time in my day to go for a run or read a book.
Some Specific Goals
As I started fleshing out what living intentionally looked like in my life, a few goals naturally took shape. Some of these goals are things I’ve wanted to achieve in previous years but gave up on myself before it was achieved. Others are new goals that scare me. A few are just things I know I need to do to get where I want to be on December 31. Finally, a few are just fun things I want to do over the course of the year.
- Run a half marathon PR (currently 2:17:33 from the 2015 Gazelle Girl Half Marathon)
- Race (and crush!) a triathlon rather than simply aiming to finish
- Do a handstand without a wall assist
- Reach my goal weight (only 12 years after starting this journey!)
- Pay off one debt
- Attend a Major League Baseball game (I’m thinking the Chicago Cubs)
- Attend a concert (this is cheating, as I already have a ticket to see Taylor Swift)
- Finish Game of Thrones – both the books and the television series
- Read 52 books
- Break the snooze button habit
- Throw away or donate one item a day
- Buy a new mattress and boxspring
- Brighten up my home with new decor (pillows, artwork, etc.)
- Use all the candles I have sitting in my linen closet
This list is only just the start. I am determined to accomplish these things, but I would also like to add to it! I’m anxious to see how many miles I can log this year or yoga classes I can take. I want to be focused on paying down my student loans and make a significant dent. I have specific goals in mind for things like this, but I’m more focused on just seeing what I can do without tying myself to a number. More than anything, I am determined to make 2018 my best year yet. I know I’ve got the January 1 excitement bubbling up right now, but I can’t wait to see how these 365 days unfold.
What is one of your goals for 2018? Do you have a word or theme to focus on for the year?