Hello, 2018.

A new year is upon us. This is always an exciting time in my eyes, because each new year is a clean slate of sorts. Sure, we can’t make anything that happened in the previous 365 days go away, but we can catalogue it, file it away on the appropriate shelf, and move forward.

I stopped making resolutions years ago. I never achieved anything, my momentum was gone by like, February, I always had the same cliche shit I’d focus on, and it seemed like every year I was just setting myself up to fail. Then one year I decided to put together a list of life goals. I was in a bad spot in life, desperately needed some direction, and it seemed like a great way to move forward. I actually got shit done when I did this, I accomplished things, and before long, I had my own tradition.

This year, I decided I was going to take things to a new level for myself. I have life goals (which I’ll get to in a minute), but I’m incorporating a few vision boards (I LOVE them!), journaling, another planner (because 2 isn’t enough, LOL), lots of lists, and some different exercises to help keep me intentional and mindful. I decided that 2018 is going to be my ¬†year, and that means I’m going big or I’m going home.

I love setting life goals for many reasons, but more than anything, I love setting them because I’m continually trying to be the best version of myself. And the way to get there is by setting goals and working towards them.

So, without further ado, here are my 2018 Life Goals:

  1. Continue to work toward being healthy in all ways – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Since 2015, I’ve been on a journey to get healthy. I had some ups and downs over the last year, but I blew into 2018 63 pounds lighter than I was when I started this, and seven pounds away from being the lightest I have been since 2005. I’ve entered 2018 alive and kicking in this area: I have a nutritionist in place who creates nutritious, healthy Paleo meal plans for me to follow and I’m on a workout schedule that includes a combination of cardio, strength training, and yoga. I have a gratitude journal. I’m working on mindfulness. I’m making an effort to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I’m going to kill it in this area this year, and I’m so amped.
  2. Pay off my credit cards and eliminate frivolous spending. I’ll be completely honest here and say that I have some serious financial management issues. I tend to spend freely without thinking about the consequences, especially when it’s on a piece of magic plastic that I can just charge and charge and charge on without having to pay in full. Also, I have a horrible tendency to just go out and purchase shit I don’t need, because I’m bored and I want something to do. Starting in February, I’ll be using Dave Ramsey’s snowball method to start plowing through this debt. I don’t think I can knock it all out in one year, but I’ll have a good chunk of it gone by 2019. And when it comes to actual spending, I’m going to focus on differentiating between wants and needs. And eliminating the wants as much as possible.
  3. Try a new experience every month. I always make sure to have at least one fun life goal every year, and this is my fun goal for 2018. I want to branch out and try new things. Things that I ordinarily wouldn’t do (art class, for example). And who knows, maybe I can meet some cool people along the way too!
  4. Get a manuscript ready for publication. I’ve been working on this forever as well, but with my efforts to pay off debt, I will have quite a bit of free time on my hands, as I’ll be avoiding spending money. So, this will be the year that I get one of my fanfic stories polished up, rewritten, and prepped for publication.
  5. Stop trying to find a relationship and let one find me instead. For some reason, I decided to try the dating thing again in 2017. And it’s been, well … interesting, for lack of a better term. I’m not giving up by any means, but I am going to kill the lights on my online profiles and stop actively pursuing anything. Sometimes this shit is just too stressful, and quite frankly, I’d rather put my energy into myself and if something comes along that works, then that’s great. If nothing comes along, that’s fine too. I love my life exactly how it is. I don’t feel incomplete because I don’t have a significant other. And I’m at a point in my life where if I let somebody in, it’s because they make my life better, because it’s already pretty great, and I can’t make room for anyone who won’t bring something good to the table.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt quite as excited or happy about a new year as I do about this one. It’s like there’s this extra buzz of excitement floating in the air around me. I feel like there are dozens of possibilities coming, like there are doors that will open and experiences awaiting and all kinds of greatness on the horizon.

I hope that 2018 brings everyone joy, love, peace, and prosperity.

Until next time…