2018 Goals (& 2017 Recap)

2017 was one hell of a year. I know people say this every new year, but trust me: I am SO READY to put 2017 behind me. I'm exhausted in all possible ways and much of it hinges from our current political climate if I'm honest. I do try to remove myself from time to time because I find it's really taking a toll on me, but it honestly feels inescapable. It's hard to find a balance between being informed and being oblivious for my own well-being. Anyway, that's not really what this post is about. Today I'm sharing my 2018 goals and doing a quick recap on my 2017 goals and how well I did with those (or didn't). I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I hate the word resolution, and much prefer to start the year off with some goals because I feel that makes more sense. Goals can evolve. Resolutions feel... well, ... resolute. Things change. Our desires change. So I try to focus on goals that allow for some fluidity.

2017 Recap: 

Last year one of the things I said I wanted to do was to care less about what others think of me. I don't think that's a goal that every goes away if I'm honest. At least for me. I've worked on it and in some ways I've succeeded, but in other ways, not so much. In the past year I feel like chronic illness has become a greater part of my life and I think that has taken away a bit of my worry over what others think. I'm just more exhausted now - and who has the time to care that much? I'd be lying though if I said that I didn't still consider the opinions of others over mine and it's definitely something to continue working on.

I also wanted to read twenty books in 2017 - which I did. I ended up reading 40 books - doubling my goal!

I said I wanted to travel someplace I had never been before and I did that by going to St. Catherine's, Ontario to check out the ship locks on the Welland Canal. From where I live, it's a short trip but it still achieves my goal of going somewhere different, and it was a really fun little day trip. I really want to explore more of Canada (or move there...but that's a whole different story...)

Another goal of mine was to improve my credit and to pay off more debt. I have to honestly say that I failed on this one completely. I haven't paid off much debt, and in reality, I took on more when I got a new car earlier in the year. I don't regret the car at ALL. It's a definite upgrade from my 1998 Jeep. I also wanted a different car because I honestly wasn't comfortable in my big clunky broken jeep - I found it was feeding my anxiety and I really didn't want to drive much. Now that I've got a smaller car, it's amazing. I actually enjoy driving again. So although I have not achieved this goal yet, I do know that I did the right thing for myself at the time.

Last but not least, I hoped to work more on my ancestry - which I did. I still have so many questions though and I hope to continue working on this more in the new year. :)

2018 Goals: 

A lot of my 2018 goals are the same as last year. I want to spend less, save more, see more and make/learn more.

More specifically, I want to travel to someplace I've never been - at least twice this year. Again, it doesn't have to be super far way or exotic. It just has to be different and new to me.

This year I'm hoping to read 30 books and since I surpassed my goal last year, I'm honestly hoping I can do the same again this year.

I want to work on my ancestry more this year. I feel like I've hit a lot of brick walls in researching my family tree and it would be really great if I could knock a few down this year and get further in figuring some things out.

In terms of making/doing, I want to try making homemade pasta for the first time - I've got the pasta maker and all the ingredients, I just need to DO IT. I also want to grow something I've never grown before in the veggie garden this summer. Ideally, successfully. ;) The past few years I've been sticking to what I'm comfortable with and this year I want to try something new and different.

I also really want to find ways to be more active in regard to politics and social issues that I care about. 2018 is going to be an important year and I want to try and be a part of that however I can. 

I still have the goal of paying off debt and improving my credit and that's definitely a top priority this year. Maybe it's just the fact that it's a new year but I'm feeling optimistic that this year I'll finally make some progress on this goal. Here's hoping!!

I'd love to know what your'e hoping to accomplish this year - so please share in the comments!! I hope everyone has a wonderful 2018! 

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