The first week of 2018 is almost over already. How’s it going for everyone? I hope your year is off to a good start!
As I’ve mentioned before, I like to set goals at the beginning of the year. To me, resolutions are set up to fail; as soon as you do or don’t do something you’ve resolved to, you’re done. With goals, it’s a continual process, something you work towards all year. Maybe it’s merely semantics but it’s an important difference to me.
My goals this year are mainly health-related, both physically and mentally, and selected with Chase in mind.
Goal #1: Limit fast food to once a week.
I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like to cook and when fatigue set in from pregnancy and having a newborn, making dinner was the first thing to go. Ryan picked up dinner more often than not last year, meaning we spent a lot of money eating out and our eating habits weren’t the best. It’s time to get back to meal planning (see how I do this in five easy steps here) and search for some easy recipes. When it’s time for Chase to start eating solid food, I don’t want to feed him French fries and chicken nuggets all the time nor do I want to set that example for him.
Goal #2: Eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day.
Considering this is a healthy lifestyle blog, you would think this wouldn’t have to be a goal but like I said, I really struggled with nutrition last year. Five fruits and vegetables a day is very doable and a good habit to model for Chase.
Goal #3: Stay in the present moment.
I’m Type A, a perfectionist, high strung, whatever words you want to use to describe me. I like to have things planned out and know exactly how everything is going to work out. This leads to a lot of anxiety and stress. Instead of enjoying my time now with Chase, I worry about who’s going to watch him in the fall when I’m doing my practicum. That’s just one example of what’s going on in my head all the time. This year I’m going to make a concentered effort to put unnecessary worries out of my head and focus on enjoying the moment I’m in.
Goal #4: Less screen time/social media.
Since Chase was born, I spend a lot of time on my phone scrolling through Facebook and Instagram. I did before he was born too but it’s a lot more now when I’m nursing or he’s sleeping on my chest. The other day, I reached a point where I felt overwhelmed and tired of all the chatter. I put my phone aside and read a book instead. It was amazing how much better I felt after stepping away from my phone and social media. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll do a social media-free day each week or just limit my time every day. Maybe I’ll try both and see which I prefer; either way, again, I want to set a good example for Chase and don’t want him to have a mom who stares at her phone all day.
This last goal is a big one and truthfully I’m nervous sharing it with all of you. But they say if your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough, right? Keeping in mind my quote for the year, here’s goal number 5.
Goal #5: Grow and make this blog profitable.
Being completely open, I can stay home with Chase now because of student loans. Once I finish school and have to start paying those back, I won’t be able to stay home with him any longer. Being home with him now has made me realize how much I love being home with him and how much I want to be with him and any future children I have. Blogging is something I enjoy and has the potential to make this possible. I know it will take a lot of hard work and putting myself out there, which will be a challenge for me, but I have to give it a shot. I started last year with the intention of growing this blog and didn’t follow through; I don’t want to be in the same position next year wondering what would have happened if I had tried.
Rest assured, I’m not going to change the essence of the blog to make money. Instead I’m going to focus on improving the content, posting with more consistency, and sharing my posts more frequently in hopes that growth will naturally follow. That being said, I’d still like a new, more fitting blog name, so if anyone has a suggestion, please let me know!
To hold myself accountable, I’ll be sharing a goal check-in once a month to let you know how I’m doing. I realize some of these goals are kind of vague, so each month I’ll be setting smaller, more specific goals with an action plan that I’ll of course share with you. I’d love for you to join me and we can help each other stay on track (see my post here on setting goals if you need some help). Alright 2018, let’s do this!
Questions of the Day
Do you set New Year’s resolutions/goals? What are they this year? Share in the comments so we can keep each other motivated!
Bloggers-any advice on growing a blog? What steps did you take to make yours successful?