I am the queen of doing things at the last minute. I love setting deadlines, but I’m also a big procrastinator. Even if I have a big project to work on, I’ll work on it casually here and there, but then when the last few days approach, I shine, I stress and I finally get it done. I go into situations thinking that everything will work itself out. I wait around and just hope for the best. A lot of my life so far has been me sitting around and waiting. Even when I was trying to find a place to live after I left the cruise ship life, I waited around until an opportunity presented itself. It’s great because it worked out, but what if it hadn’t?
In 2018, I want to be more intentional because without intent, there’s no growth. I’m tired of waiting for things to happen. I don’t want to necessarily get things because of chance or luck. I want to earn them because I was intentional about what I wanted, and I didn’t just wait around hoping for things to fall into my lap.
I went into 2017 with no goals. I was working on a cruise ship, living a life of uncertainties, open-ended questions and confusion. It was one of the most rewarding, thrilling and frustrating years of my life thus far, and as much as I loved it, I also realized that it took me back a couple steps in certain aspects only because I didn’t have an end goal in mind when I joined the team. That’s not to negate the lessons I learned and the growth I experienced while working with Carnival because I definitely learned a lot about myself, experienced so much and I stepped out of my comfort zone more than once, but the experience was a placeholder and a delay in me trying to reach my goals.
JOURNAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
I used to be so good about journaling when I was younger, and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I was so used to writing things by hand. Now I’ve become so attached to typing on the computer that my hand cramps rather quickly when I try to write anything with an old school pen and paper. Hopefully by getting back into my old habits, I can get used to it again because I’d rather journal by hand as opposed to typing out my personal thoughts onto a computer. Also, by journaling once a week, I can make sure I’m writing about the good and the bad things that are going on in my head. As of late, I’ve only been writing when I have very extreme emotions, and those entries aren’t usually fun to go back and relive.
SEND AT LEAST 5 CARDS/LETTERS A MONTH
I love snail mail, and I find that the only times I regularly send snail mail are during the holidays and when I have friends deployed. Everyone is so used to just receiving bills and grossness in their mailboxes, and I’d like to randomly send out feel good mail throughout the year, whether it’s birthday cards, holiday cards or ‘just thinkin’ about ya’ cards. If you’d like to receive a card from me in 2018, add your address to my address book!
TALK TO SOMEONE ON THE PHONE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH
When someone I haven’t talked to in awhile calls me, my anxious brain automatically jumps to something being wrong. I hate that. Not gonna lie – texting is my preferred method of communication when it comes to most people in my life, but I absolutely love when people call me up unexpectedly (after the initial “Is everything okay?” panic subsides). It makes me so happy, and I try (and usually fail) to make it a point to reciprocate in the following weeks. This year, I want to give people that same feeling by calling them for absolutely no reason at all and just chatting. My goal is to call one person that I don’t see or talk to regularly and just have a good old catch up sesh.
READ 12 BOOKS
If you know me, you’d know that a couple years ago, this would have been a very low goal for me. In 2014, I read 60 books, and that wasn’t even on purpose. I love reading, but I forgot how much I love it because I’ve been so busy doing other things. I want to fall back in love with it in 2018, and I want to start by reading at least one book a month. My hope is that I fall back in love so hard that I carve time out to read even more.
WORK OUT TWICE A WEEK
This will honestly probably be the toughest goal for me to stick to because it’s so hard for me to motivate myself to work out. I don’t like gyms, and I’m not a big fan of going running when I’m doing it by myself. My goal is to try and find a workout class that I can regularly attend, such as kick-boxing, pilates or zumba. I also decided that I’m going to do some workouts at home because I actually have the space for it now.
TRAVEL TO 5 STATES I’VE NEVER BEEN TO BEFORE
When I was at work one day, I randomly decided to print out a picture of the United States and color in all of the states I’ve been to. It was sad, y’all. So sad. I can’t believe there’s so much of this country I haven’t seen yet. I pretty much have the south down, but I haven’t even been to the west of coast at all. I’d really like to do some more traveling within the US. There’s so much I haven’t seen!
TRAVEL TO 2 COUNTRIES
I don’t want to put a stipulation on traveling to countries I’ve never been to before because financially, I don’t think that’s necessarily in the cards for me. Selfishly, I want to travel to England so I can see my brother and meet my sister-in-law and my first niece! I’ve been to England before, but only to London, so there’s so much of the country I have yet to see. I don’t know what the second country would be, but I’d love for it to be Spain, Greece or Thailand.
LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
I missed the gate for my mom to make me a bilingual, Tagalog-speaking child, but I sincerely hope that one day I can learn how to speak it, preferably before I go visit and meet my family in the Philippines. My goal for 2018, however, is not to learn to speak Tagalog. I’d actually like to start with Spanish because I still have a little bit of retention from what I learned in the years of taking it in high school. My goal is to practice daily and be semi-fluent so I can impress all of my travel buddies when I go to Spain at some point in the future.
GO TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL
Ever since my first music festival in 2015, I’ve gone to one every year, bringing it to a grand total of three. I’d like to keep the tradition going and attend another one in 2018. I’m not sure if I’d like to go to Hangout again or possibly a festival in New Orleans or maybe another one nearby. Who. Knows.
DO A BLOG AUDIT
I can’t emphasize enough how much I wish I had just started blogging with a self-hosted WordPress site. Switching over from Blogger continues to be a nightmare to this day. Whenever I think I have everything under control, something new happens. Some of my pictures still aren’t the right size, and some of my pictures don’t even exist anymore. I have posts that have comments that didn’t transfer over. Most of my posts don’t have any SEO going for them, so they’re practically impossible to find online. Some posts have just got to go because why did I even think that needed to be put out in the universe? Then Photobucket had to go and ruin lives. It’s been a nightmare.
In 2018, I plan to do a full blog audit where I fix all of these issues so I don’t have to worry about them again. At the beginning of the year, I’m going to invest the majority of my time in doing that, so new blog content won’t be as frequent, but I know the time I invest in fixing all of the problems will be worth it.
MAKE A BLOG BUSINESS PLAN
When I first started blogging, I didn’t really have a direction for my blog. I also didn’t see it as something that I was going to stick with long-term. Now here we are nearly five years later, so I guess it’s time I start getting serious about it, starting with a business plan. I know writing it out may take longer than a year, but I plan to at least get it started in 2018.
RELAUNCH MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL
I love filming videos (even though editing is a pain in my behind). I love bloggers who also create video content, and continuing to follow them makes me want to start making videos again. I have to investments I need to make before I can start my channel back up, and when I do, I fully plan to start putting out at least one video per week.
DO A GUEST OR COLLABORATIVE POST EVERY MONTH
It’s so important to build relationships in the blogging world and make genuine connections. I used to do so many collaborations in the past, and it was great for building an audience and attracting new readers.
ATTEND A BLOG CONFERENCE
It’s hard to get to a blog conference when I live so far away from where they take place. I would really like to prioritize attending one this year. Plus, I just got some new blog business cards, and I need a place to give them out.
PARTNER WITH TOURIST BUREAUS FOR TOURS
I know a few bloggers that do this, and I have wanted to participate ever since I knew it was a thing. My ultimate goal is to be a travel blogger, and I’ve learned that you kind of have to start locally. I’d love to partner with the nearby tourist bureaus to do some food or attraction tours so I can explore new nearby cities and share my experiences.
TAKE TWO BLOG COURSES
Blog courses are an investment, and I’m so worried about investing in the wrong ones (aka the courses where people are trying to sell themselves and their products by telling you information you already know and then plugging themselves) that it’s been difficult for me to find ones that are worthy of both my time in money. If you have any suggestions for blog courses, please leave them in the comments below!
RESTART MY NEWSLETTER
I used to have a newsletter that went out every week, but I didn’t really find any point in keeping up with it. It ended up just being another tedious task that I didn’t have time for so I just stopped doing it. I’ve heard it many times over and over that creating an email list is very important when it comes to your blogging career, so once I figure out what direction I’d like for my newsletter, I plan to start that back up again in 2018.
REVAMP THE BLOGGING ELITE
When I left to work for Carnival, I knew I wasn’t going to have enough time to invest in keeping up with the Facebook group that Nina and I had created, so we let it fall to the wayside, just doing the basics to make sure the group kept going. Now that I’m back, I’d really like to revamp the group and make it into something even better than what it was originally.
Honestly, this just scratches the surface for goals I have for the new year, but these ones are the ones I plan to focus on first and foremost.
What are some of your goals for 2018?
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