Just like checking things off your to-do list, accomplishing New Year resolutions can become addicting (in a good way!). For the first time that I can remember, I completed a New Year resolution! In 2017, I set out to learn modern calligraphy and find a way to make it into the ever-elusive "side hustle" – and I did it! There will always be room for improvement, growth, learning new styles and more, but I've got the basics and that was enough for me in 2017.
In 2018, my goal is to be intentional in all areas of my life, from setting aside time to travel to eating healthy to walking my dog on a regular basis. It's a year of discipline, dreaming, and planning, and I'm very anxious to begin. For this coming year, I separated my New Year resolutions in five categories: mental, spiritual, physical, personal, and professional. To accomplish these goals, I've enlisted the help of a gorgeous goal-setting planner from Ink + Volt, allowing me to set weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. The planner even includes prompts to consistently review your goals and progress.
Here are my 2018 resolutions:
Cook more at home (jump starting in January with the Whole30!) / 4 times per week at minimum
Experience something new every month / i.e. new restaurant, explore a new neighborhood, see a show
Read two books per month
Continue in our small group
Spend more time as a couple and individual reading my Bible and praying
Develop a plan with my husband to tithe regularly and invest in our church
Make time to workout / 3 times per week (spinning, yoga, weight lifting, running)
Meet my step goal (13,000 steps) / 3 times per week
Complete one Whole30
No fast food
Whiten my teeth
Go through Invisalign program
Master layout using brush pens for modern calligraphy
Learn how to use a nib (traditional pen and ink calligraphy)
Travel at least four times with my husband – we're coming for you, Paris!
Develop four unique products to sell online / i.e. prints, digital downloads, home goods, gifts
Attend one professional conference
Write one blog post each month
Join PRSA Chicago
Learn Google Adwords
Wow, that seems like a lot. In 365 days, though, I think it can be done. As I go throughout the year, I'll be checking things off this list and hopefully adding updates to my website so you can follow along.
What are your resolutions for the New Year?