New Year. New Word. 2018 Goals.

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Hello Friends!

It’s the second day of a brand new year and I’m super excited to be back here and starting the New Year with John joining me on the bloggity blog. I can’t wait for you to read his first post. I know our writing styles will be very different, but I think they will be a perfect balance here. This year I plan to share my monthly goals and progress, our journey to minimalism and living a more simple life, monthly meal plans, What’s making me smile each month (Who knows? John might co-author those with me. ;)), and so much more!

So without further adieu, my word for 2018 is….Drumroll…

This year, I figured out my word a little differently than years previous. I decided to try something new and purchased Powersheets from Lara Casey of Cultivate What Matters. This was a wonderful investment and I can’t wait to share more with you about the powersheets and my new planner! 🙂 In the powersheets there were multiple pages that I went through to determine my goals and word for the year. I promise, it’s a lot more fun than it might sound or at least it’s fun for someone who is a mega planner. Anywho, here are just two of those pages:

I have to say that I learned a lot about myself and what I want to do with my life moving forward. It gave me the clarity I needed and really encouraged me for 2018.

My goals for 2018:

Daily meaningful quiet time.

Over the years, I’ve found that quiet time is a major life line for me. I know that when I keep my eyes on God and keep my thoughts on things that truly matter, it makes a world of difference in my day! (I recently discovered a new way to journal for my quiet time and I’ll share more with you on that in an upcoming post!) I created a Pinterest Board for quiet time inspiration and I plan to read and listen to inspirational books and podcasts.

Spend more time outside.

Last year, D and I started attending a Waldorf Co-op every Tuesday and so I’ve been learning all I can about the Waldorf pedagogy. This along with tons of research on the benefits of the great outdoors has really encouraged me to get our whole family outside more often. My plan is to research areas to hike, learn more about geocaching (which is something I’ve wanted to try, but haven’t yet.), and paint and hide kindness rocks.

Set a budget and stick to it!

We are using the “You Need a Budget” app to help with this goal. (I’ll update later on how we are liking the app.)

Exercise at least 3x per week. Do stretches every day!

I plan to build up to this and I’ll be breaking down how I’m doing this in upcoming posts. To start, I’m getting back into the habit of doing my stretches every day and doing yoga 1x per week in a studio. (We are also trying out The Daily Burn to see if it will be helpful to this goal. Right now, they have a 30 day free trial and then it’s $20 per month after that.)

Continue our minimalism journey and pursuit of a more simple life.

We are planning for our first “packing party.”   Just a note, we are making the tweaks that Natural Cafe Mama made to suit our family. This month, we will be working on our kitchen. Stay tuned for the post later in the month!

Make time for volunteering.

This month, I plan to get in contact with the local humane society here and learn about volunteering opportunities for our whole family.

Make time for crafting.

This will be the first year that I attempt something I’ve been wanting to do for many years. I’m planning to make mostly homemade gifts next year. I’m very excited about this big project and can’t wait to see what I come up with. Pinterest, here I come!

Spend less time on social media and less time watching tv.

This one is really important because it can effect all of the other goals. By limiting my media time, I know that I can use my time more effectively in these other areas. I plan to have Facebook time on Mondays for 15 minutes per week, Twitter for 15 minutes per week on Tuesdays, and Instagram for 15 minutes per week on Wednesdays. I feel really good about this use of my time and I’m hopeful that this will work to our family’s benefit.

Make time for reading.

One of the ways I’m working towards this goal is tracking my reading via Goodreads. I’ve also made a list of 2 books per month to read for each month of the year. This list is only the non-fiction books I plan to read, but I also plan to read fiction as well. If you are setting goals for reading for the year, I would also suggest checking out the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge for 2018. I attempted the challenge for 2017, but didn’t accomplish it. I will say that the challenges are wonderful and will stretch your mind and reading comfort zones. I love the idea of reading books that I wouldn’t normally read because you never know what you might miss out on.

Plan quality time together as family, including travels.

I’m currently working on this list to plot and plan our year’s travels and I’m super excited! I can’t wait to share the many photos and details with you all.

That’s all for this post! What are your goals for 2018? How will you accomplish them? I hope you will use our blog to help you create your goals, word, and for inspiration to keep “swimming” towards your goals. 

<3 Anna

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