I posted this week about Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to provide you with a different way to think about what you want to accomplish in 2018, since the standard resolution doesn’t work for everyone. I have found what is most effective for me is to set one goal per month, more specifically, I like to come up with a few themes/categories the goals fall under. My standard categories based on what I’ve learned from previous years tend to be: health, passion projects, and people. If you’re wondering what I’ll be up to next year and what you can expect to read about on my blog, here goes . . .
January: “Cliché Resolution” – eat clean and workout at least 30 minutes per day. It’s cliché, but it’s a must at this point in the year.
February: “Book #2” – I’m going to write four more chapters towards the completion of my second book. I have a few chapters complete now but need to focus dedicated time to continuing the momentum.
March: “Workout Around the City” – I’m going to spend this month trying new gyms, studios, workout routines, etc. I’ve been wanting to take a pilates class or use some of the free passes I received to new yoga studios or try places like System of Strength. I’ll post my reviews of the workouts and locations on the blog along the way.
April: “Five Minutes of Fame” – I’m going to LA in April for Rachel Hollis’ RISE conference, so while I’m there I’m going to take the opportunity to book a photo shoot to get updated photos I can use on my blog and various other things. Plus, knowing I have a photoshoot coming up will keep me on track on the fitness goals listed above.
May: “Pitch Month” – I sporadically pitch articles, stories, chapter ideas, etc. to various publications. I’m going to spend the month writing and pitching my ideas — you never know where these types of things can take you!
June: “Speak” – I have a passion for speaking/storytelling and have had the opportunity to take the stage here or there. I’m going to spend the month proactively looking for forums to speak about things that will inspire people to be their best selves.
July: “Scholarship” – If you purchased my book then you’re probably aware that 100% of the proceeds will be used for a scholarship (under the publishing company I started “Little Red Bird Press LLC”) that will be awarded to college students in memory of my mother-in-law who was an avid reader. My first step was publishing the book and generating sales, the second step is getting the scholarship formalized and up and running . . . that’s what I’ll be doing in July in time for the 2018-2019 school year.
August: “Dress Well, Test Well” – This seems silly on the surface but it’s something I’m doing anyway. I’m going to dress my best all month at work, when I do things on the weekends, and when I go to the gym. They say if you dress your best, you perform your best. Might be a good excuse to go shopping too!
September: “Fastest Time” – I don’t love 5Ks per se, but Chris and I find ourselves doing the A&F Challenge every September. I remember the year I had my fastest 5K I felt so good/healthy when I got done. I will beat that time and run my fastest 5K in 2018.
October: “Good Deed a Day” – I will do a good deed for others every day in October.
November: “Hospitality” – I will host others at least four times throughout November for brunch, bonfires, Friendsgiving, etc.
December: “Book Worm” – December has traditionally been a hard month to take on a more challenging goal because I’m normally worn out at this point in the year and am spending all my free time preparing for the holidays. I will spend at least 20 minutes a day reading in December.
What are your goals for 2018?