Reflections on 2017 + 2018 Goals

With the first month of motherhood (and 2018) under my belt, I feel like I can reflect on the personal triumphs and trials of 2017 and set some goals for this year! I was pregnant for the majority of last year, so my priorities shifted a bit. However, I still managed to stay on top of a few goals. You may recall my 5 goals for 2017, but in case you’re new to the blog, here’s a quick recap + review:

2017 goals –
  1. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week – Shortly after I became pregnant, I joined our local YMCA branch. I attended a couple Zumba classes, which I loved, every week until I entered the 3rd trimester and those movements took on a whole new level of difficulty & coordination. I tried to commit to working out 3 times each week until the very end of pregnancy and I was pretty darn successful. I definitely feel the most proud of my accomplishment with this goal! Also, I credit my activity level in 2017 with my ability to have a natural (unmedicated) childbirth.
  2. Read 20 books – Turns out, I am very slow with books. I ended up reading a total of 13 books (same as 2016). I will say, I read A LOT of information about pregnancy & birth, which probably added up to several books. I was disappointed when I realized I wouldn’t hit this goal, but I am turning that disappointment into motivation for 2018.
  3. Try 10 new recipes – I didn’t keep a consistent record, but I know I surpassed this goal! The favorite new recipe of 2017 was chicken enchiladas. My husband loves these so much & whenever I cooked them for friends they requested the recipe! I enjoyed branching out with home cooked meals.
  4. Practice photography – I completely lost track of this goal early in the year. I only posted a few blog posts during my entire pregnancy, so I wasn’t taking photos for the blog. I never really looked into an e-course, either. This isn’t necessarily another main goal for 2018, but I would like to continue developing this skill.
  5. Listen – This practice continues to be an area of struggle for me. My thoughts seem to cloud my head and I often get distracted when listening – to God, my husband, and my friends. I am naming distraction and a cluttered mind as potential strongholds, so I plan to be vigilant in fighting those going forward.
2018 Goals – 
  1. Read 20 books – I know what you’re thinking – “You tried this last year & it didn’t work out. Don’t you think your goal should be a little less lofty?” Nope! I fully believe that I need this challenge in my life. I already have a curated stack of books, plenty of hot tea, and the motivation to expand my knowledge & enjoyment through literature.
  2. Organize the pantry & linen closets – I would say I want to organize the whole house, but let’s be real. I’ve long desired to organize the kitchen pantry and both of our linen closets. Whenever I open one of these doors, I am instantly frustrated by the chaos within. I’m using The Home Edit as my inspiration – they are my organizational heroes!
  3. Develop a daily practice of silence – I recently began listening to the podcast The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman and the first episode is all about dedicated time of silence/stillness for your soul. Life is hectic. Working, mothering, creating – these are all good things that can easily become overwhelmingly LOUD. I plan to spend at least 5 minutes every day in total silence with the Lord. I know this will be tough, but I also eagerly anticipate the growth I will experience through this time.
  4. Post more frequently on the blog – I can make 100 excuses for why I don’t have time for the blog, but the truth is I’m afraid. I don’t like the idea of trying a DIY project and it failing. I hate rejection in any form, so posting publicly is terrifying. I want to remember that perfection is not the goal. This blog is an outlet for my creative side and I want to nurture that this year. I’m making my official goal to post two times every month. If I end up posting more, that will be great, but I want to have a realistic/attainable goal to aim toward.
  5. Spend more time in nature – The cold winter months have me craving hikes, canoe rides, soccer in the park, and many other outdoor activities. This year, I want to experience creation as often as possible/weather-permitting. Especially, I want to introduce my son to nature and the beauty all around us. Family picnics and walks sound like the most fulfilling activities right now! Again, weather and health play a huge role in this, but I would like to get outside for a minimum of 30 minutes, 4-5 times each week.

Whew! It feels great to get these goals solidified and public. I fully believe in the power of accountability, so I welcome your continued feedback throughout the year. I will try to post at least 1 progress report, likely during the summer months. Let me know some of your goals for the year in the comments below! Let’s make the most of the time we’re given – each day is a gift!

grace

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