18 goals for 2018

I’ve been on a kick reading some non-fiction. I started with Brene Brown, then Glennon Doyle, and then Gretchen Rubin. I’ve been loving all of the inspiring ways to improve the way I look at life and communicate with others. I’ve been stalking following these three authors Gretchen Rubin, Brene Brown, and Glennon Doyle on podcasts and social media.

After listening to a podcast of Gretchen Rubin, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, it inspired me to also make a list of 18 goals in 2018.

So here I go!

  1. Read 52 books in 2018
  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables!
  3. Be more patient and pause before getting angry with my kids or husband. Take a breath and think before speaking when I am angry! (However, when I went to Reconciliation in my church recently and confessed to losing my temper, the priest told me that maybe they just weren’t listening and it wasn’t my fault!!! I was laughing so hard!)
  4. Finish my youngest child’s scrapbook……….
  5. Clean out and organize my office and start working in there instead of in the kitchen.
  6. Plan an overnight (at least one night) in a hotel with my husband at least once a quarter. It is so nice to sleep in a hotel and not have to worry about our 8 year old climbing in between us. It is different than if we stay at home, and they stay at a grandparent’s house. At a hotel, I won’t be unloading the dishwasher or doing laundry or going through mail, etc. We can order room service and eat breakfast in our robes and not feel (much) guilt.
  7. Get a physical. I haven’t had a “well visit” like I get for my kids every year since I got a high school physical in high school for cheerleading! My doctor recommended I come in for a routine physical now that I am 40.
  8. Read a biography of someone……….anyone. I am so drawn to fiction, especially thrillers. I need to expand to other genres.
  9. Say NO!! I say yes so often and then get overwhelmed. I have to practice saying no even though sometimes the FOMO gets to me!
  10. Organize digital photos and print out albums on Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc
  11. Have a date night or date lunch at least once a month with my husband.
  12. Train for a race with my husband and run together.  We used to run at least 2 half marathons a year. Now hockey and gymnastics rule our life, and I rarely run outside. Normally it is 6am on my treadmill watching “This is Us” or a Shonds Rhimes Show.
  13. Try to vary our food and recipes by going to the local meat market and specialty grocery stores more often.
  14. Host an adult couples dinner party.  My husband has been begging me to do this for a long time now, and I get so anxious about cooking, cleaning, and hosting.
  15. Clean out and refresh clothing “basics” (tank tops, underwear, bras, socks)
  16. Attend yoga twice a month.  I’ve been hooked on Les Mills classes and spinning, but I miss the quiet and challenges in the hot yoga classes.
  17. Organize our pantries and keep them organized!!
  18. Purge any beauty products I am not using.  I have lots of items I am hanging onto for no reason at all!

Wish me luck!!

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