Goals and Intentions for 2018

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With the holidays over and life resuming normality again, it's time to start looking at the year ahead and discovering what we should focus on for the next 365 days. Instead of resolutions this year, I instead wanted to set goals and intentions for the year. Essentially, taking my larger goals and breaking them down to smaller, obtainable goals that can be accomplished each month rather than get overwhelmed by the bigger picture. 

It's all about perspective, y'all. 

There are only a few goals that I have for this year, but don't let that fool you! You don't need a long list of goals to accomplish each year. If anything, I prefer a small list with items that I know that I can accomplish and will push me to be my very best rather than something unobtainable or overwhelming. 

Continue to be Happy

2017 was one of my better years, and I'm so thankful for it! There were mistakes made and days where I was sad, but overall, 2017 showed me that we always have the option to be happy and to be our true selves. I learned to embrace the unknown, not to fret over the details, take time for decisions, and ultimately be happy without thought. We put so much emphasis on being happy that we lose what happy really means. To freely and truly feel at peace and content that when we check in with ourselves, we discover that we are indeed happy. I'd like to continue that blissful feeling well beyond 2018. 

Read 30 Minutes Every Day

I love to read but over the past year I've been unable to read as much as I normally would. I enjoy listening to audiobooks, which I somewhat feel like counts as reading, but I do miss the feeling of a physical book in hand, curled up on the couch, and sinking into a story. Instead of making an unobtainable goal of x amount of books each month, remember big goals broken down to small goals, I want to read at least 30 minutes each day. That means I can take a 30 minutes to read and relax. Plus when you think about it, 30 minutes in a day is nothing! 

Big goals broken down make it way easier to accomplish!

So far I've been doing well with this goal, it's only day 3 though, but I'm almost done with a book I started over the summer and have another lined up! 

Exercise 30 Minutes Every Day

This goal is very similar to reading 30 minutes each day. Rather than saying I'm going to the gym 3 times a week, I'd rather say, I'm going to work out 30 minutes each day. My days may be chaotic but squeezing in a 30 minute lunch workout or even after work, I'm already accomplishing my goal of working out. If you say I'm going to workout 3 times a week, you'll likely get discouraged, make excuses, and eventually stop following through with your goal. This way, it's so much more obtainable and doesn't feel like such a daunting task! 

Daily Gratitude

We've all heard of a Gratitude Journal and I'm not ashamed to say that I've jumped on the bandwagon! I used to write in journals as a child and loved the therapeutic feeling I received writing down my daily, or even weekly, thoughts each day. My goal is at least every day, write down a few bullet points of things I'm grateful for that day. Whether that be a good song on the radio, a good day at work, or an especially nice hug from a friend, it'll be nice to see all the good in my life and to look back and reflect on things when I'm not having a good day. 

More Self Care

This somewhat ties into working out but also taking more time to take care of myself. That goes beyond the standard face mask and gym time. It's more about feeding myself good things. We already follow a vegetarian diet but I want to incorporate more vegan items into my diet, although I'm not ready to go full vegan, using more cruelty-free and vegan free beauty items, and attending more yoga classes. I feel my best when I'm doing and using things that are good for my body. 

Over the next 365 days, I truly believe that I can accomplish these goals and more. Trust me, I have other goals set aside for my career and blog but I'm still hammering out the details of the how and why. I know that 2017 was a great year and I fully believe that 2018 will be even better. There were so many stepping stones in 2017 that have led me to today and as I climb even higher, there will be more lessons to learn along the way. 

I'd love to hear about your goals and intentions for this year. Please share them in the comments below!