Long story short, I am glad to say goodbye to 2018. A lot of last year was very difficult, but there were also tons of good times that came after the hard stuff. Someone very close to me becoming really sick (and later making a full recovery, thank god) taught me to prioritize time with my people over everything else. At the end of it all, my experiences and time spent with people I love are what I’m going to look back on. With all that said, I’m SO looking forward to what 2019 has in store!
2018 goals recap (last year’s post here)
- read more books for fun. It took until the the last few months of the year to do it, but I got back into reading more frequently (and not just self-help or business books, though I do still read those too because I love them) and read 10-ish books in the last couple of months (with 6 more in my to-read pile currently). I consider this one a win!
- explore locally. We moved into a new house in a new city when we got back from New Zealand. Being that we’re no longer in North Vancouver (where we’ve lived the last 4-5 years), we were pretty much forced to explore locally, haha. Another goal completed!
- blog consistently. Definitely didn’t nail this one. The first six months of 2018 were, as previously mentioned, extremely difficult and work definitely took a back seat to everything that was going on. I did get a bit of a second wind in the second half of the year, but by no means would I consider my posting consistent.
- expand my design business. I did launch my total design business re-brand in 2018 (which was a long time coming, so yay!), but I wouldn’t say that I expanded my business. I had plans to bring another designer onto my team in 2018 as my workload was becoming too great, however with everything that happened in the first half of the year, I had to turn down (or drag out) a lot of what I was working on so this just never happened.
- save for a house and a wedding. We’re by no means DONE saving for either of these things, but we definitely made a good dent in our savings goals for last year! I attribute that to making a budget/tracking our spending more closely. Seeing where our money was going every month has helped a ton with being able to put more away in our savings account.
- take better care of myself. There were a couple times over the past year that I got into a routine of eating healthier, meal prepping and taking the dog for long walks or runs, but it never lasted more than a few weeks. I’d really like to find my rhythm with all of that this year (especially since I’ve now purchased my wedding dress and can’t gain any weight or I won’t fit it, hahaha) and make a lifestyle change rather than a change that only lasts a couple weeks.
- be a month ahead with blog/youtube content. This is a lofty goal but also one I REALLY want to work towards having implemented within the next two months. I’d like to have blog posts, youtube videos and social media posts- for the most part, anyways- fully ready to go and scheduled a month in advance. Flying by the seat of my pants has been proven year after year to not work for me, so it’s time to change that.
- educate more. I want to teach people more about the ingredients used in our products, the impact that our consumption has on the environment and what we can do to make choices that are better for our health AND for the environment.
- reduce my plastic waste. There’s a lot of plastic that can’t be recycled, and even if it can be recycled, you can only do so once or twice. Eventually, it all ends up a landfill (or worse, the ocean). I had no idea it’s lifespan was so limited until recently and so this year, I’m taking steps to reduce my plastic waste. I’ll be sharing more info on that in a post to come!
- cut down on fast fashion. I originally wanted to try to quit fast fashion (fast fashion is cheap, trendy clothing that has a short lifespan due to it’s poor quality- this is a great article that has more info on why it’s harmful to the planet) and shop only secondhand, but you guys… I love clothes SO much and I just can’t fully commit to that. I am still going to thrift shop lots as I always have done, and when I’m not shopping secondhand, I’m only going to do so with intention. I won’t be buying clothes just for the sake of buying them anymore, but rather purchasing clothes that I’ve wanted for a really long time and have thought hard about, that will fit well in my wardrobe and that I’ll get a ton of wear out of.
- pay for our wedding and honeymoon outright. We’ve been saving since the beginning of last year for our wedding in September and honeymoon in October. I’d LOVE for us to be able to pay for both outright rather than pulling money from credit cards, so the saving continues!
- try group fitness classes. I am on a lifelong hunt for a workout that I really enjoy and can do on my own often. For example, I enjoy hiking but because Cole usually takes the car to work and I’m scared of bears and cougars (haha, for real though), I only really do it with him. I think I’d love yoga classes or maybe even spin classes, but have always been nervous about going to these classes for the first time on my own! I definitely want to suck it up and try some out this year to see if I can find something I love.
- hike Garibaldi. For the past three years I’ve been wanting to do a multi-day hike through Garibaldi Provincial Park. Cole has done it a couple times and it looks SO beautiful, but at this point I think it’d be outside of my fitness level considering I’d have to carry a backpack full of everything I need for a few days. I’m hoping that by finding a workout I love, I can increase my fitness level and be able to do this hike this summer!
- eat out less. With the convenience of services like Uber Eats and Skip The Dishes, we ate out faaaaar too much this year. I want to cut way back on eating out this year by meal planning and prepping.
My word for this year is educate (not only others, but also myself).
I really love hearing what your goals for the year are, so please share! Happy new year!