A few years ago I STOPPED making New Year’s resolutions and instead started making a list of goals I wanted to accomplish throughout the year.
The old way of making resolutions usually went like this, “I want to lose weight” …great, so in January I’d start eating healthy and by March I was shoveling chips into my face.
I’d pick back up with the resolution in June. I’d start hitting the gym, counting calories, and buying huge bags of spinach. But by December, I was again shoveling Christmas cookies in my mouth.
I had lost 3 lbs over the course of the year (yay!! I smashed that resolution huh?), but I couldn’t fit into my old jeans. Did I really make any progress?
Setting Goals Instead of New Years Resolutions
When I set resolutions here were no actionable items, just an idea. There was no way to hold myself accountable. Also, why are we tied down to ONE resolution for the whole year?
So instead I started setting goals (some long term, some short term). I then make actionable ways I can achieve the goals and check back on the list frequently throughout the year to see how I am doing.
This year I have set some pretty big goals! I decided if I put my goals out there into the world, it would hold me accountable to getting to where I need to be.
My 10 Goals For 2019
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1. Be Less Wasteful
Not letting leftovers go to waste, freezing food when I know I’m not gonna eat it, using a vegetable more than one way- NO MORE throwing away lettuce or spinach.
2. Feel Good In My Jeans Again
As I said earlier I don’t want to say “lose weight” so instead, I just want to comfortably fit into my pre pregnancy jeans. It’s been much harder to take off the baby weight round two. I plan on getting back to running and eating healthy.
3. Spend Less Time on My Phone
When the Apple iPhone update came out I was really shocked at how much time I was spending on my phone. Since then I have made a conscious effort to get off my phone and to be more present. Plan to take this to the next level in 2019.
4. Save Time and Save Money
This one speaks for itself. January is already looking really busy so I have planned ahead and set up meal delivery for our family and even our baby! I am using Little Spoon baby food delivery for the first time and I am so excited to try it out.
5. Run a 5k
My last 5k was in 2016. I will be extremely happy if I can actually accomplish running another 5k this year! I have a new pair of my favorite running shoes headed straight to my front door this week.
6. Take Three Family Vacations
That seems like a lot, huh? We already have a Disney Cruise planned in June. I want to take the family on two more trips (whether close or far). Traveling is important to me and good for my soul.
7. Travel To A New State
I suppose this is just an extension of #7, but a few years ago my husband and I bought this cute scratch off map of all 50 States. Our goal is to travel to each state. We have barely put a dent in the map, so hoping to scratch off a state or two this year.
8. Read Three Books
This is one of the ONLY goals I didn’t hit in 2018. I want to read more! Send me all your book recommendations.
9. Use Less Plastic
I want to be better at bringing my own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store and even the mall. My overall goal is using less plastic all around. I just bought these reusable sandwich bags and I am loving them.
10. Become More Organized
Working with the professional organizer for my pantry organization transformation was really good for my soul this year. I want to continue to organize spaces around my house (and life) and practice some of the principles of living a more minimalistic lifestyle.
What Goals do you have for 2019? Let me know in the comments.