Did I Reach My 2018 Resolutions?

Before I share my 2019 goals, I wanted to take a few moments to share with you all the resolutions I made for 2018 and whether or not I accomplished what I set out.

  1. Fitness. Would a resolutions list be complete without something about fitness. Now, I’m not going to make a list of unreachable physical goals – no rock hard abs, no sun-kissed skin, no Kayla Itsines body. My goal is to just be able to chase my son around without running out of breath. My goal is to be able to walk around the block without breaking a sweat. If I shed some pounds, great. Otherwise, I don’t want to put pressure on myself to reach goals that are impossible to reach.Did I reach my goal for fitness? Yes. I did get out there and move every day. I went on walks and jogs when I could. I played in the backyard with my son. I moved inside when the weather was bad. Even though it was a small goal, it was nice to develop that habit so I can grow on it in 2019.
  2. Food. Sugar is bad. I love sugar. I have a personal relationship with sugar. I want that to end. I also love chips. I used to dislike chips, but I started really enjoying them this past year. I blame them for my love handles. I want to nourish my body with food that actually has some nutritional value.Ehh…I ate healthier some days…other days….I’d rather not talk about it.
  3. Water. Since moving, I really decreased my water consumption, mostly to do with how gross the tap water is & not wanting to spend money on bottled. However, water is so so so important. I want to go back to my previous water consumption habit.I still struggle with drinking the recommended amount of water – but I have quit the soda habit I developed!
  4.  Running. Yeah, this should go under the fitness category, but it’s not. I really want to like running. I like the idea of being a runner. Unfortunately as soon as I start, I instantly regret it and give up. I want to give it a second chance and I don’t want to give up after a few seconds.I didn’t run as much as I wanted to, but I’d like to continue this goal for 2019. When I did find time to run, I really enjoyed it.
  5. Vulnerability. I want to achieve this. I want to actively seek it. Am I crazy? Probably. But I’ve learned this year that vulnerability is what makes change in your life. Change does not come without vulnerability.Oh boy, did I ever! I poured my heart into my upcoming book, sharing things I would never share on a regular basis. Being more open about my past has helped me become more honest and open about my feelings in general. The one thing I learned from being vulnerable? The world did not explode and I am just fine.
  6. Exploring. I love adventure and exploring. I’m such a curious person (hence my job as a reporter). I want to explore the area where I live and really learn to enjoy what’s right in front of me. For example, I’ve never walked up Holy Hill and I live minutes away. That’s crazy! Netflix can only provide so much stimulation.Nope. I did not explore like I wanted to. I actually forgot about this resolution. It’s hard to explore when you have a job and a family to focus on – and it’s not something that is really a priority for me this upcoming year. 
  7. Outdoors. Being outside is important. Less screen-time and more sun-time (with sunscreen) is a must. Plus, I want to lead by example and show my son how important it is to spend time outdoors.I’d say this goal was 50% accomplished because I wanted to spend more time outdoors than we did.  
  8. Volunteer. I used to volunteer a lot as a kid and I think it’s important to help your community in some way. I’d like to start doing that again.I volunteered designing and maintaining my church’s website and occasionally made some graphics for them. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but I was able to squeeze some volunteering in. 
  9. Quality Time. I’ve spent a lot of time away from my family and friends. I’ll share the reasons on here another time, but I’d like to make an effort to strengthen relationships.I think working on relationships is always a work-in-progress, but I did do this goal often and there are several individuals that I made sure to focus on this year. 

Overall, I’m happy with the goals that I met in 2018. I think we all have a habit of making unreachable goals and this year, I made simple ones that I knew I could do if I put forth a little effort.

I can’t wait to share what my 2019 goals are!

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