New Year’s Resolutions and Goals | 2018

As you know, I love to share my goals here on the blog whether it be monthly or yearly editions. Now that the calendar has turned over to the new year, I thought I would sit down and share my resolutions and intentions for 2018. I spent some time after Christmas mulling over what I wanted to focus on, and wrote everything up in my Erin Condren Life Planner.

Let’s dive in and discuss my new year’s resolutions!

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New Year's Resolutions 2018

Blog and Business

2017 was the year I launched and I’ve been very happy with where I’ve taken it in a year’s time. This year, I want to do more and branch out.

My first goal is to continue posting consistently and growing my following consistently.

I also want 2018 to be the year I launch my Etsy shop for planner accessories. There’s a LOT to do in this category, but I’m possibly the most excited about this goal over all the rest.


I feel like this category is always the largest in my goals list, and this year will be no exception. I plan to keep adding to the list of house goals as the year goes on, but here’s what I’ve got so far. Firstly, I want to re-do the guest room closet. This closet is what I use for my “overflow” items that don’t fit in the master. I want to tear down the rods and install a custom Elfa system from the Container Store.

If all goes well there, I’d also like to undertake the same kind of project on the office closet.

D’s figurine collection has gotten a little large, so in 2018 we’d like to purchase a new figurine case for all his collectibles. We’ll also have to do a little bit of furniture rearranging to accomplish this.

Another goal is to finally take care of the insulation problem we have with our front door.

And lastly, I want to sell a ton of the furniture that’s currently unused and taking up space in the basement!

Fitness and Health

This is perhaps the most important category of my resolutions, and the one I’ve neglected year after year. First up, I’d like to begin a sustainable weight loss journey. I have the first big goal in mind, and I’d like to see if I can hit it.

I also want to join another StepBet this year, since I’ve had so much success with those in the past. Now that we own a treadmill, this should be even more fun.

I want to start a regular exercise routine, take my vitamins more regularly and hydrate better on a daily basis.

A lot of the goals in this category are things that I’ll need to track on a daily basis, so I will be utilizing my life planner quite a bit!

Personal and Fun

I always need to create a category like this so that I make sure I’m doing things that are not just “all business”. First up, I want to read 12 books this year. It’s time to make more time for reading!

In the “Fun” category, we’re planning two trips: Disney World and New York. We will likely travel other places too, but those are the two that are the most important.

Something that will be a little hard to measure but that is still extremely important is to stress less and enjoy life more. This is CERTAINLY something I’ve struggled with in recent years.

I’ll be sure to check back in at the end of the year to let you know how I ended up doing on these goals. I will also have my usual monthly goal check-ins, which cover the small steps I’m taking toward these bigger goals. Stay tuned to see how things turn out!

What kinds of goals are you setting for yourself this year?

New Year's Resolutions 2018

2017 New Year’s Resolutions Recap | How Did I Do?

How many people are ready for the new year? I am! There’s less than two weeks left of 2017, and it’s time for me to take a look back at the goals I set for myself in January.

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As always, I keep track of my yearly and monthly goals in my Erin Condren Life Planner, which I highly recommend. Let’s take a look at my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions and my progress (or lack thereof) toward each of them!

2017 New Year's Resolutions Recap | How Did I Do?

Category: Make Life Easier

There was only one goal in this category, though I did originally intend to add to the list as the year went on. This one goal was to sign up myself and D for EZ Passes for our cars. This was easily achieved in the first week of the year, and yes – it has made life easier.

Fitness and Health

This category has to be classified as the biggest failure of the year. I struggled quite a bit trying to get into a new workout routine and was plagued by stress and anxiety for most of the year. However, I did achieve one of the sub-goals in this category: Completing a StepBet in the months of January and February.

I will certainly be using 2018 to refocus on this goal.


I ended up about 50/50 in this category. My goals here were to have a date night with D every month, see family once per month and keep up with friends 1-2 times per month. While the consistency wasn’t there for the frequency on these goals, I feel that I did do a semi-decent job keeping up with the important people in my life.


I made A LOT of house goals this year, and I intend to do the same for 2018. The house projects we completed from this category include:

  • Hanging shelves in the bedroom
  • Decluttering CDs/DVDs
  • Decluttering clothes/cleaning out the closets
  • Donating old kitchenware
  • Buying a new stove
  • Re-organizing the master bathroom closet
  • I didn’t get around to re-organizing the office closet or my nightstand. I was also hoping to sell some old furniture that’s sitting around in our basement and that also fell off the radar.


    My big goal in this category was to launch and complete my blog template which I coded from scratch. And since you’re reading this right now, mission accomplished! I had also wanted to start investigating what it would take to open an Etsy shop, but that goal took a back burner to the blog and is currently on hold. I do want to take this up again in 2018.


    There were two goals in this category, and I achieved one of the two. The achievement: getting back into personal journaling. I was especially good at this earlier in the year. The goal I didn’t achieve was to continue studying the Japanese language. D and I have been doing this for a few years since we started taking trips to Japan, but this goal just didn’t happen this year.


    In the “Fun” Category, I only had two goals: The first was to read 12 books throughout the year. This didn’t seem too difficult, as this averages out to one per month, but I found myself just not reading enough to make it. I did do 6, and I’m going to try the 12 book goal again next year.

    The second fun goal was to play one of my Nintendo DS games that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. But, much like with reading, I just didn’t make enough time for it.

    Overall, looking back on 2017, I feel like I spent too much time worrying and being anxious about things, and not enough time enjoying life. I did manage to accomplish some of my big goals like launching the blog, but I want to do more in 2018.

    I’m sure I will be sharing my new year goals with you when they’re ready to go in January. Stay tuned for that!

    How did you do on your 2017 goals?

    What are you planning for the new year?