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2018 Goals: How I did in January

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2018 kicked off with a bang, and January was an insanely busy month. I spent a lot of time working, not much time blogging (sorry), and even more time plotting! It took me a couple weeks to really set my intentions for the year, but I’m glad I took the time to really set things in place. I feel great about 2018, and January set the foundation.

Here’s how I did with each of my goals over the past month!

Overall Goal: Don’t Overthink It!

I did pretty good with this one! I said “yes” to more work opportunities, bought a diffuser I’ve been eyeing for months, and set up some big goals for February. Instead of talking myself out of things, I just went for it – and it felt great!

Read 50 books.

I got through 2 books in January (not counting the 2-3 cookbooks I read…maybe I should count those?). It’s not a lot, but given I started the month with the flu, and I worked a TON, I was happy with it. I ended January in the middle of reading 2 different books, so while I didn’t quite hit my monthly goal of a book each week, I’m well on my way.

Hike 100 miles.

I made it about 5 miles this month. It was cold and rained all month, but I got out when I could. As it gets warmer, the number will totally go up!

Clean up my beauty routine.

January was all about using what I already have to cut down on waste. I researched some clean products to replace my not-so-clean ones, and I’m looking forward to trying out more products from Maple Holistics!  I consider this one a “win” because I started the process by reducing the amount of waste I create in the process!

Create a wardrobe of high quality, sustainable clothing.

The past month was all about purging my wardrobe of items that don’t work for me anymore. I got rid of a lot of clothing that doesn’t serve a purpose for me anymore, doesn’t fit, and is just plain worn out. Some of the clothes went to ThredUP, some were donated, and a lot of them ended up in the trash/recycling. I plan to finish this process in February, and start to plot out and save for new pieces. Creating a better wardrobe starts with starting over, so this past month was great for that.

Travel solo more.

It’s still too damn cold for this, but I have been itching to rent a cabin for a weekend and just hole up with a good book and tons of snacks. We’ll see if I can make this happen!

Overall, I consider January a success! I set some goals, and got to work on them – there are 11 more months to keep working at it!

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NOTE: I’m going to be taking the rest of February off from the blog. I need the break to focus on my vegan challenge, working longer hours, and taking some time for myself. I’ll be back in March with an update on how the vegan plan went, and hopefully I’ll be back with way more inspiration for better content. Have a great February, and I’ll see you in a few weeks!

2018: Moving Forward

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Moving forward into 2018, I struggled to decide what my overarching goals were going to be for the year. I moved between making traditional “resolutions,” a list of small goals, or choosing a mantra to set the tone for the year. Since I struggle with decision paralysis, I know that’s something I should probably work on this year. Figuring out what the hell I want to do in 2018 is just the beginning!

To make things more manageable for myself, I’m taking a two-pronged approach: choosing a mantra, and making a list of fun, easily-attainable goals that go along with it. My hope is that I can spend the year tackling the decision paralysis and constant feeling of disappointment. I also want to focus on filling my life with people, objects, and experiences that make me happy.

So, moving forward, my 2018 mantra is going to be:

Don’t overthink it!

I do this with EVERYTHING. If given the choice between something I really want, and something that’s just “okay,” I will almost always talk myself out of the thing I want. My closet is full of clothes I don’t wear or even like that much. I will spend days fiddling with my Amazon cart before I end up buying what I wanted in the beginning. Decision paralysis is a huge problem I want to fix in 2018, and it’s going to be a year-long process…I can just feel it.

I plan to start by spending January purging my home of things I don’t really love anymore. I’m looking forward to filling my life with better things, making new friends, and spending money on experiences over stuff. I also want to find the perfect pair of wide-legged jeans, so I can start my journey to dressing more like Chelsea Handler or Harling Ross. #fashiongoals

In addition to one major goal for 2018, I also have a few small things I want to accomplish in 2018. Some of them are goals I started on years ago and want to continue, and some are brand new!

Read 50 books.

I made this a goal last year and didn’t even come close. I think I stopped at like, 17 or something. However, it re-ignited my love of reading, so I’m trying again this year. So far I’ve read one: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit…highly recommended in this current climate!

Hike 100 miles.

I also aimed for this goal last year, but only set out to hike 50 miles (I made it about halfway). This year, I want to focus on finding new hiking trails and challenging myself more. Getting outside is good for me in many ways, and I need to keep it up – even on rainy days!

Clean up my beauty routine.

My skin was doing great in 2017, until I was forced to switch birth control pills thanks to some migraines and other issues. The cystic acne I suffered from pre-birth control is back with a vengeance, and nothing is helping. I’m hoping that cleaning up my beauty routine of nasty chemicals will help. I’ll probably write about it more soon, and let you know what’s working!

Create a wardrobe of high-quality, sustainable clothing.

In addition to getting rid of decision paralysis, I want to create a wardrobe I genuinely enjoy. My other goal is to be more mindful of where my clothing comes from. I’m guilty of owning a ton of “fast-fashion,” and want to focus on buying quality pieces from companies that use sustainable materials and practices. I want to spend January purging my closet of things I don’t really like or wear, and make a game plan to shop more mindfully in 2018.

Travel solo more!

I enjoy traveling, but I haven’t done a lot of solo traveling in my lifetime. This year, I want to go somewhere on my own – even if only somewhere nearby for a weekend. There are so many amazing places to visit around here, and I want to branch out on my own more. My husband isn’t the best traveler, so I’m sure he’ll be fine with staying home while I venture out a little. If you have any suggestions of places to chill in Washington, leave a message!

What goals are you aiming for in 2018? I’d love to hear what everyone else is up to this year!