my must-do list for 2018

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I'm no stranger to resolutions. I've posted them many times on the blog here before. This year though, I don't feel like resolutions are the way to go for yours truly. This year is bound to be one of movement...constant movement. Even right now, we're in a dreadful holding pattern. From looking for another job (thank you so much for all your sweet words on my last post) to waiting on orders from the Army, it's insane. Plus, add in the fact that I'm waiting until next Thursday to get some answers on how to proceed with my knee, and that's just the icing on the cake.

It would be easy to give up and just muddle my way through, but seeing all your beautiful resolutions and intentions has inspired me. Rather than big, loft goals though, I made a little list of must-do intentions to better my daily life and, in turn, positively affect my outlook on the year as a whole. 

1 // Set time aside each night to read. I was so bad at this in 2017. Seriously. I love reading, and about 40% of our Army household goods weight comes from my book collection (I'm actually not lying). I've gotten lazy about turning off my devices and taking time to read though. Bloggers like Steph and Kelly are inspiring me to get back at it though, and I'm excited to pick up new titles and really start reading again.

2 // Take advantage of snail mail. I don't know about you, but I just love hand-written letters. There's something so personal about it in a day of modern technology. I was inspired by our New Year's cards with Minted, and I'm actually going to order my own stationary set to keep myself at this. Do any of you love snail mail as much as me?!

3 // Work out consistently - and less frantically. I don't know if you've been able to tell, but I'm an all-in kinda girl. When I started training for my marathon, I was literally all in. But it's daunting, and it creates injuries. With the uncertainty of my knee right now, and my inability to run, it's forced me to take a little step back. I want to work out, train the right muscles, take the time to get strong and only then dive back into something.

4 // Hold fast to healthy eating. Ryan and I are serial dieters. Seriously. It's the worst. But we started a keto challenge on the 1st, along with a diet bet, and we're actually doing really well. I think we've finally turned a corner, my body's no longer addicted to the sugar that it was, and I feel, dare I say...good? I want to stick with this though and make it a lifestyle vs. a little blip on the radar. And, in the same breath, I want to add these healthy elements to my kids' diets, too, cutting the processed foods (not entirely, don't worry) to help them grow big and strong.

5 // Give myself some space. I have a habit of going full-throttle all the time. I find myself burned out very easily, and I apologize to people constantly - whether I need to or not. First, I want to take a step back, prioritize, and really find the things I love doing and committing my time to. Next, I want to stop apologizing for anything and everything. It's my go-to, and I have nothing to apologize for. I have to advocate for myself this year, and I'm going to really work at it.

I feel like those are five very attainable goals and must-do things this year! I think we have a habit (or, at least I do) of setting the bar too high for myself. I'm impressed by how many people set really good, personal, and deep resolutions, and I really hope this helps me stay focused, healthier, and less stressed.

What do you think? Do you do resolutions, or do you prefer a list of intentions like these?


  1. Love snail mail.

  2. Good luck this year - these are all good intentions!
    Even though I read every night, I still waste too much time BEFORE I start reading on my phone. I really, really need to improve on that as well. Do you participate in the Goodreads challenge? That helps keep me motivated.

    1. I don't! I used to back when I was a book blogger, but I stopped. I'll have to look into it again! Thanks, Steph!

  3. YAY for reading! And YAY for snail mail! You should join Steph's blogger pen pal group.
    Love the goal to give yourself some space.

  4. These are awesome!!! :) I'm all about focusing on goals versus resolutions.

  5. Yes to snail mail! It always makes my day when I get something in the mail and it's such an easy thing you can do for someone else that only takes a few minutes.

  6. These are all fabulous goals for the new year! I hurt my knee last year and was out of the game for a while so easing back in was tough because like you I want to go all in. You will get there, sweetie!

  7. My goal for this year is to read a lot more. A few days ago I started a reading challenge of reading 100,000 pages in 1 year. I haven't made any other goals because I think that one will keep me really busy!

  8. Well I’m not a reader (except for blogs😉). I love getting snail mail and try to send some from time to time. I find myself cooking more healthy every day. (I miss casseroles though) You’re going to have a great year, sweet girl! ❤️❤️❤️

  9. I can totally get behind this list...! Finally gonna start working out again, end of last year it was one injury after another, so. Let's hope this year is injury free! And yes to snail mail!! Let me know if you want mail from Singapore! ;)

  10. Your to do list for this year sounds perfect! I’m trying to spend time reading before bed instead of just watching tv as it makes it so much easier to sleep!