I’m always so conflicted about the start of the New Year. It’s like, “new year, new me!” but also like, “new year… same me but maybe with some changes.” Because, truthfully, I like myself and I don’t want a ~new me~ but I definitely have some goals set for the upcoming year. Like, one of my new years goals is to create and share more recipes. Because I’m freaking awesome and everybody should have a chance to make what I’m making, duh. Like, this week: chocolate banana bread. Yeah, it’s going down and coming to the blog so keep your eyes peeled and prepare your tummies for all that yummy.
Anyway, New Years goals. Resolutions. Intentions. Whatever, they all mean the same thing: you set your mind to do something, you work towards that something, and then you achieve/do that something. The New Year is a great time to set up some goals (along with maybe your birthday?) because you have a specific start date. I don’t much care for all of the ~clean slate people on January 1 (nobody has a clean slate – unless you’re a newborn?) but having a specific start date can be helpful when goal-setting.
I like to set goals on a yearly basis and then break them down month-by-month and even week-to-week. Deconstructing my goals into smaller steps makes my big dreams seem more achievable. When setting goals, you want to make sure they’re SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and have a Time frame. You can learn more about SMART goals here.
I also break my goals down into several categories: health/wellness, financial, work/school, and personal. I like to do this because, again, breaking them down makes what I want to accomplish seem manageable. I’ve got quite a few things I’d like to achieve in the upcoming year but I’ll just share a few with you all here:
- Finish the 2018 Chicago Marathon (I have a time goal, too: 4h30m)
- Yoga 2x/week
- Eat 4 servings of fruit/vegetables every day
Surprise! I’m going back to school! More on that later 😉
- Get a 4.0 in my first semester back
- Share 100 posts (I shared 69 in 2017). The eventual goal is to post 3 times per week (or 156 days!) but remember, the key is to have realistic goals 😉
- Minimize student loan debt accrual
- Reconcile my budget weekly (I’ve been using YNAB – You Need a Budget since I get my first year FREE as a student – you can get your first 34 days free, too!)
- Read 1 book a month
- Travel somewhere new
What are your goals for 2018? How do you plan to achieve them?