The first day of the new year always feels so good. It’s fresh, perfect, unspoiled and it feels a little bit like letting out a huge breath of air I’ve been holding in. It can be whatever I want it to be.
2017 was full of some pretty great things like finding the courage to launch this blog and checking off travel bucket items including San Francisco, Sonoma (check out my recaps on where to eat and where to drink wine), the Redwood Forest, and more. I won’t list out the negatives because I’m taking a deep breath and leaving them behind in favor of happier things – like my wedding in Aruba two summers ago, for one! All smiles:
In the spirit of starting over and looking ahead, here are a few of my top goals for 2018.
Repeat Meals More Than Once
Okay, this one is probably quite the opposite of most people who may be trying to branch out more when it comes to trying more adventurous foods. I, however, tend to make most meals only once (even if I absolutely loved what I ate) in favor of chasing something new.
I don’t want to lose my adventurous spirit at all but I would like to come up with a list of 5 to 10 go-to meals that I can remake again and again in the new year. And then actually remake them.
I’ve only been blogging since this past summer, but I’ve already found myself falling into the trap of never really turning off completely. There will always be more shots to Instagram, more comments to check, more posts to write, etc.
The lesson here is that there’s a fine line between being ambitious and losing the present moment entirely. In the new year, I plan to work smarter – not longer – and to make it a point to turn off technology here and there so I can enjoy just being.
Improve My Photography
I think my photography is evolving every day, but I know I have a ways to go until I get to where I want to be. I still fumble quite a bit when it comes to figuring out the settings on my DSLR and various lenses (I got this lens for Christmas this year and I’m pumped!).
Because I’m still very much learning and finding my style, photographing my meals sometimes feels a little bit like feeling my way around a dark room. In the new year, I’d love to find some really great resources so I can build on what I already know. All suggestions welcome!
This past year, I signed up for an unlimited monthly barre package and really loved going to classes in addition to my usual gym routine. However, I haven’t been feeling that pull to go to barre as often lately, and the cost was super expensive, so I downgraded to a pack of classes instead.
I’d really love to step things up in the gym again by building more muscle and improving my fitness routine even more this year.
Give Myself Grace to Just Be
Building off of disconnecting more, I want to give myself more grace to just relax and read a book rather then feeling like I need to do X, Y, or Z. I joined my local library this year and have been reading a few new books each month and that feels like a great start, and I want to keep it up in the new year!
I’ve tried (and failed) meditating in the past but I think I want to give that another go as well to help reduce anxiety and just feel more centered.
Questions of the Day
What did you to do to celebrate New Year’s Eve? I enjoyed a low-key evening in with my husband that involved steak, lobster tails, and some bubbly.
What are you goals for 2018?