I finally got a chance this weekend to sit down and write all my goals. I’ve been so busy over recent weeks and I kind of had to force myself to remember that January 1st doesn’t mean anything magical and it’s okay not to have everything set in stone on December 31st. I’m feeling good about all the things to come this year: turning 25, running a marathon, celebrating a year of living in Los Angeles, and a lot more.
WORD OF THE YEAR
I’ve chosen words of the year the past few years. In 2015 it was BOLD. 2016 was BRAVE. 2017 was FOCUS.
My word of 2018 is CONNECT. In all honesty, it’s not the word I wanted to pick. I was ready to choose COMMIT, and then my friend said that she doesn’t think I have much of a problem with commitment. In that ways that matter right now, she’s right; if I put my mind to doing something, I usually follow through.
This year I’m hoping to connect with myself, with others, and with my new community. I’m also hoping to disconnect in order to achieve those things: spend less time on my phone, and more time connecting with the present moment around me.
I used my Powersheets to help me identify my goals for the year, by figuring out what worked and didn’t work in the last year, and what I wanted to be different. A little history of my experience with Powersheets: I’ve bought them every year since 2014, I think, but never have I once completed a full set – I usually drop out some time in the spring. Last year my friend Rachel and I even bought them with the promise to ourselves that we would have monthly accountability with each other – and then I moved across the country and she had a baby, so that fell apart.
To prove to myself that I would actually use the workbook for a full year (and to be kind to my budget) I’m repurposing my 2017 workbook. No fun new stickers, but money stayed in my wallet.
Here are the 10 major goals I have for the year:
- CONNECT with myself by simplifying routines and doing less – committing to one night a week with no plans
- CONNECT with others by developing community and keeping up with old friends – writing letters to people, committing to calling friends more often, hanging out with people in person
- Develop heart healthy habits by treating myself well and being positive in my self-image
- CONNECT with myself through fitness and activity
- Manage my money well
- CONNECT creatively through blogging, writing, and Project Life
- Read 100 books in 2018
- Finish novel draft
- Live with less to CONNECT with my space
- CONNECT with Los Angeles through exploration
Sure, some of them could probably be grouped under the same umbrella (finishing the novel draft could go under “Connect creatively”) and I couldn’t fit the word connect into all of them, but the heart of the goals is what I care about. More posts about certain goals (especially reading and fitness, as well as maybe some thoughts about financial things) coming as soon as I find the time to write them!
The Powersheets encouraged me to create a vision board for 2018, so I hopped on Pinterest and did just that. Here it is:
So that’s where I’m at for 2018. I’m excited to see what this year brings!