I believe you can have a fresh start whenever you want one. I also believe in taking my time, especially when it comes to setting goals and intentions. When thinking about what I want to accomplish, I’m careful to not set myself up for failure. I like to think about what I might like to do, ruminate on those ideas, and make changes.
I’ve spent the past couple weeks thinking about 2018, and what this year will look like. Come September of 2018, all three kids will be in school everyday. But that means for the first eight months of the year, I will have kids in tow. That means I need to be wise when thinking about what I can truly accomplish.
With that in mind, I created some concrete and some more loosey-goosey intentions that I can alter to fit whatever is going on in my life. Overall, I my theme is: create, connect, community. I’m going to think about how to be creative, connect more, and develop community through the lens of santosha, my word for the year.
Here’s what I’m working on this year:
-Find a sitter
Dan and I hardly ever go out because by the time we think about it, it’s often too late. We are fortunate to have our parents near by, but they have lives, too! I also need help during the week here and there, so I can record podcasts, write, and meet with my networking group. I’m excited because I already made progress on this goal! I met with a lovely young lady yesterday who also just wants hours here and there, so I think we could be a good fit!
With kids ages 7, 4, and 2, we struggle to find things to do that we can all enjoy. Often activities are too babyish for Kate and too much for Thomas. The only activity we all love is the pool, but we can’t do that year round (hello 18 degrees!). Any suggestions???
-Date nights (or day dates)
As I mentioned, Dan and I hardly get out. It’s not that we don’t want to. It’s more that we’re just surviving day to day and forget that we haven’t been out in a while until one of us says, hey, when was the last time we ate dinner out, alone, with two hands where some kid wasn’t sitting in our laps/trying to smack us in the face with food? We’re also looking into planning a trip away for just the two of us in the fall of 2018, and before that, hopefully a few fun things like concerts and basketball game tickets.
-Hit our monthly savings goals
Dan is looking into a way to get our money program on our phones, so we can help each other track our spending. We like to use discrete categories, so we know where the money goes. For instance, when I go to Target, I might get a birthday gift for a kid in Kate’s class, a mascara, some Method granite cleaner, a lamp, and some RX bars. But when it hits the credit card, I’m all, I don’t know?! With the app, we hope to better track our categories. You manage what you measure!
-Publish regular blog posts
Writing has always been and will probably always be my favorite form of expression. When I can’t write regularly, I feel like I’m creatively dying inside. More on this later.
Also, anything in particular you want to read?
-Continue my podcast schedule
I’m also going to try out a some different types of podcasting content like solo shows, brining my mom back on, having Dan on, etc…
-Add video content
I’m loving making vlogs. Any other videos you want to see? Also, check out and subscribe to my YouTube Channel!
-Share my content
I’m so caught up in creating my content (my favorite thing to do!) that I forget or just don’t know how to share it.
-Find an agent
I’ve been working on a book for several years, and it’s just about done. I wrote my proposal, and now it’s time to shop it.
I’m the Vienna-Tysons Chapter lead of Awesome Women Entrepreneurs, and I love this role because networking is my passion! I want to work on growing this chapter and growing my network in general. I’m also part of a new mastermind group – a dream come true! So I want to make the most out of that group.
-Watch for burnout/self-care routines
I spin multiple plates all day, every day. Between learning choreography for my group fitness classes while I clean the shower while I’m on a conference call all while Thomas and Michael run around destroying my house is not ideal. I can keep it up for a time. And then I burn out.
I’m working on creating some self-care rituals to help keep burn out at bay. Some ideas include taking baths, meditation, getting a pedicure, and scheduling time for coffee/lunch/dinner dates with friends.
-Connect, connect, connect
I hardly ever get out. I had lunch with a friend about two weeks ago. And before that, I cannot remember the last time I saw a friend. Bad! I love and NEED to connect with friends, but I hardly ever do because they’re busy, and I always have a kid in tow. The longer I go without seeing a friend, the deeper I sink into funks.
This is a hard “goal” because unlike my other goals, it requires other people’s cooperation and interest. I dislike setting goals that require other people because I can only control me. I can’t make people go out to lunch with me. 😉
I’m not sure how to go about this goal given that everyone is busy, and scheduling time to meet up feels insurmountable. So I’m just going to reach out to a bunch of people, and even if it takes a couple weeks to find a date that works, that’s better than nothing!
-Explore health and fitness in a new way
I’ve been teaching group fitness for six years, and the longer I’ve taught, the more formats I’ve added, the more I’ve had to learn, and the more classes I’ve taught. Once I started teaching, I could take less classes because between learning and teaching, there isn’t much more time!
This year I want to push my exercise comfort zone a bit when it comes to take and teaching classes. I’m expanding my teaching to kid’s yoga – I signed up to take Kidding Around Yoga training in February. I’ve had the opportunity to do yoga in Kate’s classroom, and I enjoyed it. I’m exciting to take this training, and to teach this class in my community.
I’m also in a food rut. I eat healthily 80%-90% of the time. But I’m bored with my current food routine. I want to explore more variety, and I’m also interested in juicing – not as a meal replacement, but as a supplement. I ordered an inexpensive juicer and a juice book from one of my favorite YouTubers, Megan Roosevelt. Any tips?
-Read 50 books
I’ve never kept track of how much I’ve read in a year. I do read all the time, and reading is an important part of my life, so I want to be more intentional about tracking, so I can see how much I read, what kids of books, and where I should read more. Are you on Goodreads? Connect with me!
I’m going to take the rest of the month to reflect on these goals, see where I can make some progress, and decide if I need to make any changes.
For me, the best way I know how to accomplish goals is two-fold:
-Change goals/delete goals that no longer serve me.
-Focus on the process over outcome.
What are you taking on in 2018? How do you plan to work towards your intentions?