Hi friends! Hope that everyone has had a wonderful holiday season. I was fortunate enough to spend some time in England and am currently enjoying a few days off work until the New Year… bliss!
I can hardly believe that 2017 is already drawing to a close. This year seems to have sped by incredibly quickly – even more so than the previous few. Hmmm… I suspect that it may be something to do with having multiple young children. The relentless demands, constant activity and lack of sleep do tend to mess with one’s perceptions of time and space. And of course that old adage about the days being long, and the years being short is so so true.
Anyway, it’s now time to turn our sights to the year ahead, and I’m really quite excited. I always love a fresh start or a reboot. I’m not typically one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I do have a few goals in mind for things that I hope to achieve this year.
I don’t know about you, but I always feel as though writing down my goals makes me more likely to realize them. There’s definitely an accountability associated with the written word, especially if you make it public 🙂
Here’s what I’d love to achieve in 2018…
New Year Goals
#1 Travel a lot more… and discover some new destinations
Aside from visiting family in England, we haven’t done as much traveling as usual over the past couple of years for several reasons, not least the arrival of our sweet baby girl, which definitely put the brakes on! In my life pre-kids, I traveled a lot. So while we’ve enjoyed this relatively quiet time, focusing on home and family, I have to admit that I’m keen to get back on the road.
Firstly, I really want to see some more of my adopted homeland. At the last count, I’ve visited 20 of the 50 US states, which isn’t too bad I suppose! But still, this is an enormous country, with endless travel possibilities. There are cities I’d love to see (Boston, Denver and Charleston to name a few), not to mention the amazing national parks.
Secondly, we’re hoping to brave a foreign vacation with the kids. Central America is more or less on our doorstep here and there are so many places to explore. As they say, travel broadens the mind, and I think that exposing our children to unfamiliar places and cultures is an amazing learning experience that will hopefully stick with them.
And I wouldn’t necessarily mind going somewhere warm and tropical, with amazing food 🙂
#2 Maximize the time that I spend with my children
I can hardly believe that my oldest daughter will be starting Pre-K in 2018. That means that she’ll be in school five days a week. For that reason I’m determined to make the most of the days I don’t work and am at home with the kids.
I so often spend my non-working days rushing about and catching up on household chores or grocery shopping. But this year I’m going to make sure that I weave in more fun activities with the littles whenever I can. As our baby girl gets older, and we’re less beholden to the nap schedule, I’m hopeful that it should be a little easier too!
I love the idea of putting together a bucket list of things to do before she turns 5, like this one.
#3 Learn a new skill
One of these days I’d love to go back to school and get qualified in something completely new, but for now, when it comes to self-improvement, I’m keeping my aspirations fairly modest.
I’ve been wanting to learn photography for so long and I recently took the plunge and invested in a DSLR camera. But of course I have no idea how to use it! My husband bought me a stack of books on the subject which I’ve s-l-o-w-l-y started making my way through.
Hopefully once I’ve mastered the basics I’ll be able to improve the quality of pictures on this blog and also take lots more cute pics of my daughters (because they just LOVE my constant picture taking, haha!).
#4 Get out of my style comfort zone
Over this past year, I spent a lot of time clearing out my closet and getting rid of everything that no longer fits with my current style. At the same time, I focused on building a more capsule type wardrobe of staples and classic items. Now it’s time to add a few fun pieces!
I recently snapped up this adorable one-shoulder jumpsuit which I plan on wearing to my husband’s birthday dinner next week. Not my usual thing, but I couldn’t resist it!
I’ll be keeping an eye on the trends and am going to be brave about trying some I might not usually consider.
Do you have any New Year goals or resolutions? What do you hope to achieve in 2018? Leave a comment below and let me know!