The idea for this post comes from a blogger I read pretty often (Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps). Every year, she shares how she did with her goals from the previous year, and what her new goals are for the coming year. Since these posts have given me good ideas for creating my own goals, I thought I might as well share mine with you!
Another reason for this post is that according to a quiz I just took*, I’m an Obliger (like the majority of people, apparently). This means that while I don’t have an issue completing tasks for others, I have a hard time self-motivating for personal tasks (yep – very true. Ironically enough, one of my goals in January was to publish this blog post…you can see how far I’ve procrastinated that!). To combat this, I should utilize external accountability – for example, making my goals public – to accomplish personal goals.
*I found this quiz by listening to the brilliant Gretchen Rubin on Tim Ferris’s podcast – check it out if you’re like me and geek out on learning about human behavior!
2017 and 2018 Goals
2017 was a pretty weird year for me – it almost felt like two different lives. For the first half of the year, Pete and I were still traveling, living it up with our perpetual tans and carry-on backpacks. For the second half of the year, we came back to the states and, after a short pity-party period involving job applications, sulking, planning our next trips, and googling “reverse culture shock,” our lives pretty much went “back to normal.” Despite being sad that we’re no longer permanent nomads, I do feel pretty good about accomplishing some of my goals!
2017: Learn basic Spanish
I absolutely love Latin America and hope to spend more time there in the near future. Plus, since Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, it can’t hurt to learn it! My goal was to become 50% fluent in Spanish on the Duolingo app, and I accomplished this. Full disclosure: there was no chance of me making that goal until they updated their app, so I feel like I cheated a tiny bit. But hey – a cab driver in Santiago said I had great Spanish, so I feel good about checking this one off.
2018: Learn another language
My goal for 2018 is to become at least 50% fluent in another language on Duolingo. I’m thinking about French (more practical) or Swahili – mostly because I’d feel like a badass if I knew how to speak Swahili.
2018: Say No to plastic straws
I now carry two reusable straws in my purse so I won’t have to use disposable plastic straws. My goal is to never use (or toss) a plastic straw in 2018.
2018: Go on a wellness/yoga retreat
In terms of travel, there are so many things I want to do and things to see, but going on a retreat is going to be my priority for this year.
2018: Travel solo (not for business)
Traveling with Pete has been incredible and I’m so grateful to have such a great partner. For as long as I can remember, though, I’ve had an itch to travel by myself, so 2018 is going to be the year that it finally happens!
2017: Be able to run 30 minutes without stopping
Okay, this one’s slightly embarrassing because I used to be able to do this without a second thought. The good news is I can do this now pretty easily! I thought I’d be super out of shape from traveling, but it turns out all that walking, sometimes with a pretty hefty backpack, kept me reasonably fit.
2018: Do 20 push-ups without stopping
Real ones, not on my knees.
2017: Meditate Weekly
I gotta say that I’m pretty proud of myself for achieving this one. It entailed remembering to download some Headspace meditations so I could listen to them while offline on the Inca Trail and other places without cell service.
2018: Meditate Daily
Unfortunately, I’ve gotten out of touch with my meditation practice, and from my insomnia and anxiety that have been creeping back into my life, I can feel it. My new goal is to meditate every single day of this year, no exceptions! Since meditation can be as short and simple as breathing for a couple of minutes, there should be no excuses.
2017: Complete Whole 30
Nope – didn’t quite make it. When I returned from traveling, my body was craving some healthier food habits, so I joined my mom in trying Whole 30. I completed about 20 of the 30 days, and while it did make me feel great, it was really restrictive and I missed going out to eat (one of my favorite activities!). I don’t think I’m going to try another “diet” anytime soon (perhaps ever again?).
2018: Go a month without alcohol
I’ve been doing this unofficially for the past few years, so why not make it official for this one? Taking a solid break from alcohol makes me feel healthier and more productive.
2017: Floss weekly
When I went to the dentist before our travels and he told me, for the first time ever, that my gums looked really healthy, I think that was one of the proudest moments of my adult life. Not kidding. But it was surprisingly difficult to find decent floss in certain countries, so I got lazy with this one. Which leads me to…
2018: Floss daily
I’m based in the US this year and thus have no excuses not to return triumphantly to the dentist with healthier gums than ever.
2017: No streaming for a month
To be honest, I think I accidentally completed this goal during our month in Peru. Between our ayahuasca retreat (wait, what? I can’t believe I still haven’t posted about that…coming soon, hopefully!), our time in Iquitos, our tour of the Amazon, and our trek on the Inca Trail, we didn’t really have the time, the desire, or the technology to stream any movies or TV shows.
2018: Don’t check social media first thing in the morning
I have a pretty bad habit of waking up and scrolling through my emails or Instagram. This doesn’t serve me in any way, so my goal for 2018 is to wait at least 30 minutes from the time I wake up until the time I first check any form of social media.
2017: Read 5 books
Another goal I’m a little embarrassed about. I got super lazy about reading books, especially while traveling (my pre-Kindle days), so this goal was pretty “under-achiever” of me. At least I accomplished it, but I’m going to push myself a litle more…
2018: Read 2 books every month
But hopefully more – I can’t wait to work down my ever-growing book list!
What are your goals for 2018? What did you think of this post – did you find this inspiring or at least entertaining? Tell me in the comments!