I love the new year. While there is no “new me”, I do believe the new year is a wonderful time to renew your spirit, set new goals, and make new priorities. Nothing extravagant – we keep it simple over here — but enough to keep us on track and provide direction for the new year.
With that said, ready for our 2018 list of New Year Resolutions? [Like to hear it? Here it go!]
SEND MY GRANDMOTHER A GIFT EVERY MONTH
One of these days I might write a post about my grandmother and how much I absolutely adore her. For now though, just know that she’s awesome. Like, really awesome. As her self proclaimed twin, I’ve always looked up to her. She’s a tough cookie that takes no mess and is fiercely independent. Even Phil loved her from the moment he met her!
You can’t tell by looking at her, or talking to her, or watching her but she’s getting a bit “on in age.” [don’t kill me for saying that, Momo!] Although we would give her the world, she never asks us for anything. That’s why this year, we are making a pointed effort to give her at least one nice gift a month. Nothing major — just something for her to look at or enjoy and know we are thinking of her. This month it was a word search book (Grandmother’s edition because we’re fancy like that) and she was over the moon about it! Her thoughts? “My older lady group is going to be so jealous.”
HA! Love that woman!
INVEST IN A HOBBY OR “SIDE HUSTLE”
I work full time. Phil does too. That + family can sometimes feel like more than enough. But dedicating 100% of your time to someone else can sometimes make you feel like you’re losing a bit of your own value.
Our interests are very different so we are attacking this goal separately. Phil has been listening to a podcast from Side Hustle Nation called the Side Hustle Show. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s pretty darn cool. They interview different entrepreneurs for insight into business ventures, marketing ideas, etc. What we love most about it, is that most of the folks are “regular joes” that grew their businesses organically from the ground up while working full time. It definitely inspires an “I can do that too!” type of feeling. It’s one of Phil’s favorite things.
I, on the other hand, have decided to take things I do already — talk, overshare, talk more — and try to turn into something that could actually do someone good. Hence this blog! I have a few other things up my sleeve but nothing I’ve fully developed yet.
Either way, the time spent investing in ourselves is bound to have a profitable return so this will stay high on our list of goals for 2018!
IMPROVE OVERALL HEALTH
This pains me to admit. I don’t even want to type it. Buuut ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away, does it? *sigh* Well here goes — I’m overweight. And unfortunately, with my genetic predisposition, it also makes me pre-diabetic. I love sugar. It’s like a sweet, cuddly friend that hugs me on the inside. That sounds creepy, right? I know this yet it doesn’t stop me from saying it. Why? Because I. LOVE. SUGAR!
It’s been a struggle all my life. When I was younger (read: pre-kids), I was able to lose a ton of weight and get my A1C levels back down to normal. However, it seems almost impossible to do now that I’m a little older. Correction: it
seems seemed almost impossible.
We are both about halfway through a January round of Whole30. You can read more about the program here. It’s basically a dietary reset program to help eliminate known inflammatory foods — like sugar. There’s much more to it than that so check out the link. [Update you can read the results of our January Whole30 here!]
Surprised, right? For a family that started a blog around the fact that they travel every Spring, this seems contradictory. Let me explain.
I’ve always loved to travel. I am subscribed to several discount airfare sites that deliver all the discounts a girl can stand right to my inbox. Chicago for $100 R/T? Sure! DC for $150 R/T? Absolutely! If I could get the time off from work, we we were going. Didn’t matter where. I just love to travel! Passing up a good deal can be so difficult! But if you add up all the trips + hotels + transportation + food + miscellaneous costs it is a small fortune. As my husband always says, “Movement is money!” and this year we’d like to save it instead of spend it.
As such, the goal for 2018 is to travel only during designated time periods: Spring Break & potentially Thanksgiving. Otherwise, even if it is the greatest deal ever, we are staying put and so are our coins.
See? Nothing major but these small goals feed into larger ones for the future. Fingers crossed that we are able to scratch each one of them off the list.
Do you have any resolutions for 2018 you’d like to share?
Until next time!