Goals for 2018

Better late than never on setting goals for the new year, right?! I’ve actually been itching to write and get back into blogging on a more regular schedule, but Violet has been extra clingy the last couple weeks and does not want to leave my side (actually, boob) all evening. But I’d be lying if I said I don’t enjoy the extra snuggles sometimes!

I love the start of a new year for a couple reasons. One, I’m not a fan of Christmas and usually can’t wait to put my decorations away. Two, I love the idea of a fresh start! It’s such a good feeling to set goals for the upcoming year and reflect on the year that has passed.

I ordered this beautiful planner from JLynn Designery and it is already helping keep me on top of my goals. It encourages you to set three goals for 2018, which I did. To help keep me accountable I thought I’d share them here:

  1. Grow my blog and Instagram following. This blog is just for fun and was never meant to be a money-making adventure. I enjoy writing and wanted an outlet to exercise my creative muscles, and I genuinely hope to fill an information gap that I felt was missing when I was pregnant and looking for trusted resources online. That said, it would be great if my efforts were actually impacting people! So I want to reach more people and be more diligent about regularly posting blogs and on Instagram.
  2. Get back in shape. I’m not necessarily obsessed with losing the baby weight, but I still have 20 of the 35 pounds I gained to lose. I haven’t put a lot of pressure on myself these first few months, but it’s time to get back in shape. I know I’ll feel better, and I’m ready to be able to wear all my clothes!
  3. Save money for a house. My little family is still in our “starter” home. My husband actually owned it for years before I came along, and we’ve made it work, but it’s becoming more and more clear that we need more space and a much different layout. We’ve been saving for years, but since I’m more desperate to move, I want to  really focus on being financially responsible so I can contribute more to our savings!

2017 will always be a cherished year in my memory since it’s the year I became a mom, but there are big things in store for 2018 too! I’ll turn 30, graduate with my Master’s degree, have a one-year-old, and hopefully buy a house. If 2017 was all about baby, 2018 is going to be all about really settling into my new role as a mom.

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