Hamilton and I started a tradition on our first anniversary. We make our goals together. We have a little box where we write our personal goals and couple goals on pieces of paper and put them in the box. We know each other’s personal goals so we can keep each other accountable. That being said, I haven’t actually made New Year’s goals in probably two years. I have changed it up a little this year though.
I decided that I would make very broad resolutions for New Year’s and make more personal, direct goals for our anniversary tradition. My goals may be broad, but I still want to have them written down somewhere to keep myself accountable.
- travel more.
- read more.
- continue minimizing our lives.
- be honest with who I am and what I’m passionate about.
I don’t know if we will be traveling more than we did last year, but I want to make it a goal to go somewhere new each month. In 2017, we made a goal to go on monthly trips and we were able to do that until Hamilton started working on Saturdays. I want to keep up our monthly trips the best we can this year.
I made this same goal last year and I started off strong, but it didn’t last long. I read a few books during the first few months of the year, but then I picked up a book called Uglies…now this is a book I tried to read multiple times in middle and high school but couldn’t get through more than a couple chapters. I forced myself to read about 1/4 of it last year and realized it just wasn’t a book I would ever be able to read! My goal is not only to read more but to stop reading a certain book if it isn’t stimulating or enjoyable for me.
I watched a few documentaries and read a ton of articles on minimizing last year and slowly started implementing those things into my life. Hamilton loved the idea and really pushed us to minimize as much as we could. I have probably gotten rid of 10 huge trash bags full of clothes and other stuff we just don’t need. Somehow, it doesn’t seem like anything is even gone! It was the most rewarding thing we did within the walls of our home. Seeing the unnecessary items go out the door was so great. It cleared the air and helped us focus on each other much more. We fell out of the habit after a few months, but I really want to bring it back. There are things we can be getting rid of and/or donating every day. I have a few lists of things Hamilton and I can do daily to make our home homier and more clear of clutter. I especially want to get into this habit before the baby is born.
I spent a lot of 2017 getting to know myself better. I figured out what I enjoy, what I don’t, and what kind of person I am striving to be. Being married to Hamilton has made me more independent. That probably sounds weird, but he pushes me to be my own person and to do the things I want to do, even if he can’t do them with me. He also understands if I want to do things alone. I am going to do my best to live the life I love. I have really learned who I am and I plan on spending 2018 embracing who I am.
I want to keep myself accountable this year. That’s not necessarily a goal but it is just something I always say I’m going to do but end up dropping. I want to become a better person and to just strengthen the person I am. I want to explore more and I want to bring my little babe with me!