2018 Word of the Year

I am sure you wait with bated breath every year for my "word of the year", (*please note the sarcastic tone*) but first let's do a quick recap of this past year. 2017 was the "year of firsts". I dyed my hair blue, got my first color tattoo, bought my first business, and taught my first Fit4Mom class. Adeline took her first steps, celebrated her first birthday, got her first full-size bedroom, and said her first sentences. Keith shaved his head, wrapped his first solo editing gig, went to his first film festivals (Sundance and Toronto), and went snowboarding for the first time in his 30's. We wore our first family Halloween costume, took our first (multiple states) road trip, and moved into a new apartment as a family for the first time. All in all, it was a good year.

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2017 was also a challenging year for us though. I was diagnosed with Diastasis Recti, started getting migraines again after two years of respite, we put ourselves under financial strain, and we're all three finishing the year with back-to-back group colds. I love the idea of fresh starts, new opportunities, and clean slates, so without further adieu, starting tomorrow our new "word of the year" is Health. 2018 will be the year we start taking better care of ourselves, each other, our finances, and our careers. 2018 will be the "year of health" - emotional, personal, financial, and career.

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I want 2018 to be a BIG, exciting year. A year full of growth, new opportunities, celebration, overcoming obstacles, and so much more. There is a lot that goes into focusing on multiple goals all at once though. In the past, I've typically tried to accomplish one thing each month that focuses on my overarching goal of the year. Next year, there are multiple big-hairy-audacious goals that I hope to accomplish, so just one task per month simply will not do. I haven't laid it all out yet, but Keith's and my plan this evening after dinner is to write out our overarching goals within each of those categories I listed above (emotional, personal, financial, and career) and then break it down into smaller goals for each month that will help us work toward achieving those. I found a variety of career roadmaps online, and this was a visual that I really liked. What are some of the steps that must be taken to achieve one's goals?

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I am a detail-oriented person. I am not a big picture person. I have a rough idea of where I might like to be 10 years from now. I have a rough idea of what I might like my career to look like, my marriage, my parenting style, my relationship with my daughter, and where I might like to live. But I've never really sat down and mapped out all the steps it would take to get there. Partially because living in NYC would never have been on my life roadmap five years ago. And I really, really love that it wound up being part of our adventure. I want to keep the doors open to various possibilities, alternative routes, windows opening where doors close. All of that stuff. But, I also think that achieving certain goals starts by taking action.

And that is what this post, this evening's roadmapping, and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone to look at the big picture is all about. I want to end next year feeling stronger, healthier, happier, well loved, and debt-free. Since I haven't mapped it all out yet, I don't know entirely what it all looks like just yet, but here are a few initial rough ideas. Please keep in mind that I know this is not perfect, and may not be entirely the best process for goal setting. It's a work in progress, just like me.

My 2018 BHAG

Emotional // Set aside "me" time daily - reading, bathtime, meditation, exercise, etc.

Personal // Focus on my marriage - date nights, counseling, weekly check-ins, etc. Focus on my nutrition - how what I'm putting in my body makes me feel and affects my fitness goals. Eliminate (or at least reduce) migraines and illnesses. Establish new and improved habits.

Financial // Build back up our savings to where it was at beginning of 2017. Have better sense of where our money goes. Reduce unnecessary expenditures.

Career // Make a business plan and partner with people that hold me accountable for taking steps toward making it happen. Determine where my strengths lie and hire people to fill areas that aren't within that realm. Establish a work routine.

I can't wait to share more as this all continues to unfold! I'll also be sharing updates on my personal Instagram (for family & close friends), on Facebook (for a wider audience), and hopefully on more posts like this one. Next steps? Please comment below with your favorite meditations, journals, blogs, podcasts, recipe books, documentaries, books, articles, etc that focus on all these areas that fall within the realm of healthy living.

Happy New Year! Happy goal setting! Cheers to your health, happiness, and prosperity in 2018. Thank you, as always, for following along on my journey. xoxo