…It’s almost time to pop champagne and celebrate the new year! But first, I wanted to share some thoughts as we prep for 2018.
I’m writing this while feeling a little in a rut, but I kind of feel like goal setting comes more easily when you’re in the mood of wanting to improve yourself, you know? I also feel like a lot of goal setting is pretty personal, so this is just a sampling of what I hope to tackle in the new year and feel like sharing here. Setting similar goals for yourself? I’d love to hear.
1) Find a meaningful volunteer opportunity. I would love to find a way to give back within the greater DC community while also expanding my social circle in the process. I have a few places in mind, but I’m still kind of getting into a groove with my new job and want to get a better sense of how much extra time I’ll have before I commit. I would love to work with an organization that supports women/families (animals are cute but not so much my expertise! Haha) and am excited to hopefully be a part of something meaningful in the new year.
2) Get back into reading. Ugh, kicking myself for being such a bad reader this fall. But cold evenings + lots of new books on my shelf = the perfect motivation to get back into a rhythm. Plus, I really like plowing through books so that I can review them on the blog for you guys! My book posts are always favorites and it’s so fun to hear what other people are enjoying.
3) Try a dry-ish January/month. I was talking to another blogger about this and we both agreed it’s so hard to try to set this type of goal when we’re also both dating, because it seems like every first date occurs at a bar (and I’m not opposed to that). However, I’d like to make more of an effort to forgo that glass of wine at home or out with friends, because more often than not I just feel tired and headache-y. I actually went out with some friends the other night and ordered one (very watered-down and juice-like) margarita and couldn’t have been happier with my decision, because when it was time to go home I felt energized instead of dehydrated and exhausted!
4) Be more straightforward. I have a tendency of not really speaking up when things are bothering me, and it’s something that I think has held me back at many points throughout this past year. At the same time, I’m also trying to be more internally aware of when it’s worth saying something and when it’s better just letting. it. go. (which is most of the time).
And a few things I’m excited for in the new year:
-My job! It’s going great so far and I love feeling a little more in the know about things with each passing day.
-Two weddings–one in NC next summer and one in DC in the fall.
-My five-year college reunion. Anyone who knows me IRL knows that I’m the biggest fan ever of my alma mater (annoyingly so). I can’t wait to go back and reunite with friends and classmates in June.
-Continuing this blog! There are definitely points where I just want to throw in the towel altogether, but most of the time, having this creative outlet brings me tons of joy (and amazing friendships).
What are you looking forward to in 2018?