Written while listening to Daniel Caesar’s Freudian album, i.e. everyone’s wedding playlist for the next few years.
Towards the end of 2017, I did what everyone else does when the year is coming to a close: I looked forward to the new year and made plans to make all of my wildest dreams come true. On a more practical note, I made a virtual vision board per the advice of my therapist. I tapped into my creative side and used Canva to make visual representations of the things I would love to manifest in my life within the next year.
So here it goes! Eight major things I would love to happen in my life in 2018:
1. Find a church home where I belong.
Ever since I’ve left my childhood church, I’ve been on the search for a church home that feels right in my soul. Last fall, I started doing Bible studies with my family on Sunday afternoons, but now I want something more substantial where I can also use my gifts to serve the church.
2. Real genuine love with someone I’m compatible with.
This one is extremely flexible. Of course, I would love to find someone who’s a perfect match for me soon, but I’m becoming more and more patient when it comes to relationships. I’d much rather wait for someone to come along when the time is right instead of going with what feels right at the time, only for it to ultimately fail.
3. Blog launch: consistent posting and flourishing.
I’m here! Now, to stay here and keep y’all updated is the goal. Pray for me.
4. Financially stable and responsible.
Since being hired on full time at my current company, I’ve been budgeting like crazy. What I’ve learned most is that you can make your money work for you no matter what the amount happens to be. You can tell a lot about a person, and even yourself, by what they spend the most money on. For me, that was traveling, hands down. Traveling is such an important thing for me for so many reasons; so much so, that I have a savings account JUST for traveling purposes. My main focus throughout the fall was saving to go to Toronto for my birthday (less than a month away!), but now I want to save for more important things now that it’s a new year. First on the list is having at least $1,000 in my emergency fund!
I know that I just mentioned slowing down on saving for travel, but I’m far from cutting it out of the budget altogether. I really want to take weekend trips to new places throughout the year! By taking shorter trips, I’m hoping to be more cost-efficient while still being able to have brand new experiences.
6. Move out and get my own place.
It’s been four years since I’ve lived in an apartment, which is so crazy now that I think about that! Once I graduated from undergrad, I packed up my college apartment and headed straight back to living with my parents. I bounced from job to job in hopes of latching onto something that would relate to my Bachelor’s degree and had no luck. Graduate school became a thing for two years and now that I’m degreed x2 and have a stable job, I’m ready to spread my wings once again. Luckily, I’m moving out with a college friend so costs are essentially cut in half!
7. Vegetarian diet, healthy meal preps, exercise.
A lifestyle change takes some time to get used to, but in the end, it’s always worth it. My goal in 2017 was to get all of the necessary doctor appointments scheduled to make sure that I’m on the right path and have good health. This year is all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Health is wealth and we can’t do all the things we want to in life if we don’t put our well-being first. My goals for 2018 are to prepare healthy meal preps with the appropriate portion size, exercise consistently at least three to four times a week, and to eventually transition into a vegetarian lifestyle.
8. Organization, minimalism, tidiness.
I have a huge problem with organization, but an even bigger affinity for minimalism. I love the idea of not having a lot of stuff in my space that only clutters my room and drives me insane. However, I currently have so many things that I don’t need and it often leads to a messy room. Lately, I’ve been making it a point to clean my room at the start or end of my day and actually keeping it that way. Also, never underestimate the power of making your bed each morning; it makes your room look that much cleaner and it feels great to come back home after a long day to made bed. Trust me on this!
These were just a few of the main things that have my focus for 2018. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to accomplish or keep up with them as the year goes on. What are your goals for the new year?