I really dislike writing posts that everyone else is doing. That being said, I do have goals for 2018. I’m documenting that to keep accountable and I thought you might want to hear them as well.
I like to avoid the word resolutions. Resolutions feels like something you can fail at, where as goals are something you work towards. This is why I set goals!
All of my goals for 2018 are about me. Why? Because I cannot control or force my ideas on anybody else. However, my hope is that my goals will have a positive effect on the rest of my family.
I want to make better meals. We don’t eat out a lot, but sometimes I get lazy about dinner. I also find it very stressful cooking with the kids hanging off of me. I need to work harder at planning meals in advance and prepping what I can before that 4pm witching hour appears.
I’m also a big believer in splurging at the grocery store instead of spending that cash on eating out. I made a really good meal the other night and it cost $12 for the five of us. That’s cheaper than going to McDonalds and tasted a million times better. I’d rather keep that cash in the bank.
Drink more water! I’d love to add eating better and working out more, but the fact it, it probably won’t happen. That is the forever goal I work on day to day. I find that when I drink more water I’m more full and have better energy, which in turn helps my lifestyle.
I want to expand my vegetable garden. We loved having a garden last year and successfully grew zucchini, beans, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, pumpkins, green onion, and lettuce. I also had a small herb garden, raspberries, and strawberries.
This next year we hope to add more beans, peas, melons, potatoes, and an actual pumpkin patch in the field. I also need to work on succession planting, so that batches are ready at different times versus all at once. I’m excited!
Our homeschooling needs to be better organized. It’s not that we’re doing bad, but I tend to get stuck in a rut with what we do day to day. We end using the same three books and that gets really boring for my six year old. I hope to expand on his lesson plans to include a composer study, spelling tests, and more science. We also need to push his attention span from 1 hour to 1.5.
In the Spring I want him more involved in the garden with planting and weeding. The kids have zero issues harvesting come Summer.
Look beyond Disney for travel. GASP! Did I just say that? Right now we’re averaging a trip there at least once a year among other trips. Obviously it’s a very special place for our family, but I’d like to push our limits a bit and look beyond the parks.
We’re already looking at traveling to Mexico in 2019. I’d love to do a cruise that could include stops like Jamaica, Grand Cayman, or the Panama Canal. I’ve got a few road trip ideas on the horizon as well; San Francisco, Yellowstone National Park, New York City, the Southern United States… These are all places I’d like to venture with the kids.
Five years down the road I hope that we can start hitting Europe; Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Greece… once our kids are old enough to better deal with a serious time change we’ll begin hopping over the pond and having some big adventures!
Happy New Year to you all! These are my main goals for 2018. Have you got any you’re willing to share? I’d love to hear them!