People either refuse to set New Year’s resolutions or love to set them (whether they follow through is another story). I fall into the latter camp. There’s something I love about this time of year where I center myself and refocus. Today I’m sharing my 2018 goals, and I hope you share some of yours in the comments! For 2018, I vow to:

  • Publish at least one blog post a week. I know most of the bloggers I follow are cranking out posts at least three times a week, if not five. While I’d love to, it’s simply not feasible for me right now between working full-time and going back to school. But a main focus for me this year is to grow my blog, so I’m going to work really hard to bring new content at least once a week.
  • Grow spiritually. My goal is to not miss church more than one Sunday a month. A key to not setting myself up to fail is creating wiggle room.
  • Cook a new recipe every week. At the end of the year I’ll have learned 52 new recipes. Between improving my culinary skills and saving money from eating out, it’s a win-win. (Fun fact: Last week I made meatball sliders. So simple, so good.)
  • Read 30 books this year. I didn’t meet my goal for 2017, so I’m trying again for 2018.
  • Workout at least three times a week. I really need to be intentional about this one because I’ve fallen off the workout wagon.

Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

  • Set a specific goal. You want to set a goal that can be measured, so you can track your progress. Rather than say “I’ll be more spontaneous,” a more specific goal would be “This year, I’ll say yes to five things outside my comfort zone.”
  • Break it down. It can feel overwhelming to set goals like lose X pounds or read X books. What I do is then break it down into smaller goals like how many books I need to read a week or month to reach my ultimate goal. If it’s not realistic, revise. Better to set realistic, achievable goals than set yourself up for failure.
  • Persevere. Life happens sometimes, and we may get off track. Don’t get discouraged and think you have to wait until next year to try again. I am so guilty of “I want to do it perfectly or not at all.” But I’m trying to remind myself that done is better than perfect.

What is your New Year’s resolution? What are some tips that have helped you? Share them with me below. XO