2018, Nice to See You

In what is probably the first time ever in my life, I’m already used to writing 2018 on all of my checks and emails. I’m working on a big presentation at work, and 2017 seems like so long ago, instead of just a few days. Maybe it’s because 2018 has already been a whirlwind!

On January 1, Josh’s family left. We were sad to see them go, but happy to get back into the swing of our daily lives. We have an executive coming to our facility next week, and we’re getting our ducks in a row for that major corporate communication. Tomorrow, my parents, sister, brother-in-law and goddaughter come (YAY), so we’ve also been getting the house turned around (washing sheets, vacuuming, sinks, laundry, etc.). At the end of the month, I go into a crazy busy period at work, I have some leadership training, and then I’m back into the facility start-up. WHEW.

Still, I want to make sure I take a step back and think about the big picture. I struggle with that. I love executing, and I love the details of life (agendas, plans, itineraries, whatever you want to call them, I love them all). But I’m trying to apply some work lessons to my life, and one of those lessons is to Start with the End in Mind. What is the reason for this ___ (normally it’s something like “what’s the reason for this meeting/project”, but for this, I’m going to say “year”)? What is my goal of the year? What are my deliverables?

I know I sound like I’m in a project meeting right now, but I feel comfortable approaching my year plan this way. It gives me some tangible items I can focus on working toward, even if they aren’t things with an end date. What are my goals for 2018, what is my action plan to get there, and what do I want to accomplish by the end of the year?


Overall happiness and health of my mind, body and heart.

This sounds like a high-level goal, and that’s because it is. In 2018, I want to think about my life health. This breaks down into three goals:

-Improve my mental state
-Develop my emotional stability
-Focus on true health for my body

These goals all have many, many action items.

Improve my mental state… by working on meditation, reading more fiction books (my favorite), trying out a new hobby (something with my hands, maybe), and trying something scary/new.

Develop my emotional stability… by focusing on continuously improving my relationship with Josh, taking more walks with Shadow and Khaleesi, working to connect with my New Mexico friends/family more so than I did in 2017, and growing my relationship with my Georgia friends.

Focus on true health for my body… by letting go of the extremes that I live by (I’ll go through periods of working out every day or not at all), finding the food balance that makes me feel good, and taking care of my body as much as any other part of my life.

I don’t know if everyone approaches New Year’s resolutions like this, but I feel really, really good about this plan. Mostly, I feel like I’m actively growing the different parts of myself, and that’s what the New Year opportunity is all about.

What about you? What are your resolutions?

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