Welcome to 2018! I always find the idea of a new year very exciting. A new beginning, time to reset and refocus. Not that I necessarily ever actually achieve any of my new years resolutions, it is nice to take some time and reflect on how you’d like your year to go, what your vision is. I think I’ve gotten a bit better over the years though at setting more realistic and achievable goals, I don’t expect to somehow be transformed into a Victoria’s Secret model by the end of the year anymore!
What about you guys? Do you set New Years Resolutions? This year feels a bit harder to envision since there are so many unknowns ahead. I’ve still set goals for myself but they all seem to be laced with hypotheticals. I think I’ll have to adjust things as the year goes on. For the most part I think my goals are realistic (as much as they can be anyway, considering I have no idea what my lie will actually be like once I have a baby!) and measurable.
- Workout consistently 3x per week – This is one area that I’ve really struggled with during pregnancy, consistent workouts. I’ve really been a bit all over the place. This is more a post-baby goal, but I’d really like to get back to regular workouts. Obviously I won’t be working out until I get the go-ahead from my doctor, I assume around 6 weeks postpartum. I’m also assuming that I won’t really be able to do a whole lot right away which is why I think focusing on consistency is a better goal than expecting certain results.
- Cutting back on soda – This is a bad habit that’s sort of crept up on me through pregnancy. I think it started regularly as a replacement for alcohol. When I’d be out with my partner or friends I’d order a soda rather than beer or wine. But now that we’ve gone through the holidays with so many parties and events, it’s become a fair amount! I don’t know that I necessarily want to set a specific number goal with this one, like one per week for example, I’d rather it just go back to being an occasional treat.
- Grow my blog to 500 followers – I’ve been enjoying blogging these last few months and I definitely want to continue in 2018. Maybe I’ll change my mind once I have a baby to take care of, but for now I’d like to keep growing my blog. I don’t have any grand plans to become a professional blogger as it’s still ultimately an outlet for me to express myself, but I am interested in learning new tools and techniques. So I think 500 seems a good goal for growth that’s genuine (I’m at 121 as I write this for reference).
- Learn calligraphy – This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while now and I think I should just do it. All I need is a basic calligraphy pen and some ink and there are a ton of free printables to practice with. It’s something that feels artistic while being relatively easy to get started, and it’s sort of a lost art since they don’t even teach cursive writing in school anymore.
- Make a weekly meal plan – This is something I improved a lot in 2017 and now I’ll be doing it on hard level once I have a baby. Meal planning has helped me save time, spend less on groceries, have less food waste and eat healthier, all great things! In the next few months I hope to pre-make some freezer-friendly meals to store for the first few weeks post-partum as well. It’s sometimes tedious to sit down and make a meal plan, but it really does make a huge difference in my week having that all sorted out ahead of time.
- Get back to my pre-baby weight in six months – I’m sure I’ll get some eye-rolls here, how cliche, losing the baby weight! But I would still like for it to happen. Maybe nine months would be a better goal since the saying goes nine months on, nine months off, but I feel like I can do it. If I stay gaining weight at around the same pace I am now, I expect to gain between 25-30 lbs. So after having the baby I imagine I’ll be looking at losing 10-15lbs, I think that’s doable in six months. I did say these goals were adjustable though, you can look back in October 2018 and see how I’m doing!
- Get out of the house every day – This is another post-baby goal. I’ve read a lot of blog posts about getting into a routine after you have a baby and it seems like getting properly dressed and out of the house each day is important in keeping your sanity (not including the first two weeks or so). I have a tendency to be a bit of a homebody, so I know it’ll be easy for me to get in the habit of lazing around in my pyjamas all day. There are a lot of free and paid activities to do with baby in the city so i hope to get out and try some of them.
So that’s what I’ve come up with so far, I’m sure they will change drastically over the course of the year. What are your goals for 2018? Anyone with a baby who has advice on how to adjust to a new routine, let me know!