Reaching Goals In The New Year – Hello 2018

Ahhhh oh my goodness, hello 2018! Anyone else just as stoked as I am?! I always love the idea of a fresh start whether I’m trying to change something or not. This year feels like a new beginning with endless opportunities. I have a good feeling about the next 12 months – how about you?!

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There are so many things I’d like to accomplish in the next year for not only myself but my blog too! I thought I’d share what’s been on my mind lately as well as my plans for the future!

Blogging Goals

My blog goals are pretty simple. I want to learn more about my audience (i.e focus more on trends and what others are interested in), invest in a new lens or camera for better photography, and find a way to help other influencers grow! If I can accomplish those three things in 2018, I’ll be happy!

Of course there are smaller things on my mind too like learning how to shoot portraits better and make my Instagram embody more of me instead of product shots. But I feel like those are always on my mind!

Back To School

The biggest goal this year is to get back into school. I loved attending college and felt like I had a purpose for getting out of bed in the morning. I miss learning and educating myself in a structured setting – something I never thought I’d miss. I’m in this funky part of life where I don’t know what to do next and I’m hoping this new college endeavor will help me unravel something great.

Buying A Home

The next thing on my list is buying a home. My husband and I have thought about this for a while and since he’s returning from his deployment soon, now is the perfect time for us to buy. Despite the cold winter weather, we’re hoping to find a home we like fast and close on it quick. When we both want something, we do everything in our power to get it. Doesn’t matter what stands in our way. The pre-approval is official and we’ve already been eyeing some options. Fingers crossed it all falls into place!

Travel Often

This upcoming year I’d love to travel more or just as much as I did in 2017. I went to Florida twice, Texas, Indiana, and Cuba just to name a few! My husband and I already have a weekend trip to Minnesota in March planned but I’m thinking there will be many more trips ahead. A couple in particular I’d like to see include New York and Canada!

My resolutions sound incredibly easy to accomplish when typed on the internet! Let’s hope I’ll be able to check off each thing on this list next year! What do you want to accomplish in 2018?! Leave a comment down below to share your thoughts!

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Get Fit With Me

Good morning friends! These last few days have been hectic. In the midst of packing for vacation and sorting out work issues, I’ve neglected my body. Not going to lie, I’ve eaten like absolute crap all week long. Bouncing back and forth between Chicago style hot dogs, left over Christmas chocolates, and lean cuisines. My mind and body are lacking.

Getting back on track with your health goals after a holiday can be difficult. No doubt, it’s become a struggle to get back into the swing of things. So, in an effort to give myself the motivation I need, I thought I’d share some of my go-to fitness and health tips with all of you.

I’m not in any way, shape, or form stating I’m a nutritionist or personal trainer. I just thought some of these things could help one of you on your journey to a happy and healthier lifestyle. At the very least, I hope this post gives you the little push you need to get off the couch, set dow
n the chips, and get active.

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Tip #1: 15 Minutes of Physical Activity

A great way to make small strides towards an active lifestyle is making time for a quick 15 minute workout. This could be as simple as jumping jacks, walking the dog, or speed cleaning. The bottom line, you’re making an effort and that in itself is important to recognize.

Tip #2: Snacking on fruits and veggies

It’s so easy to grab a fruit or vegetable in the morning to take on your way out the door. Most, are effortless to prep and filling for your apatite. Some of my favorites are carrots and ranch dressing, sliced apples, mandarin oranges, and small berries (add a few peanuts and raisins for a simple snack that keeps you going).

Tip #3: Make Playlists

A good song set up can change my bad attitude to a good one instantly. Try creating your own workout or relax playlist on Spotify. Lean towards songs and albums that make you feel motivated, empowered, and positive. It helps, trust me.

Tip #4: Walk or Run

Surprisingly, running has been my favorite exercise lately. It’s become so easy to hop on the treadmill and lose track of time. I throw on some of my favorite music and get into it. Before I know it, I’m running miles. If you’re looking for a way to burn calories and fat without the uncomfortable feeling running might give you, try walking. Set a timer and walk until it’s up. The time will fly by.


Tip #5: Drink Water

The easiest way to look good and feel good is making sure your body is hydrated. I’ve always struggled with this, until recently. Try swapping out your cups of coffee everyday with water bottles. Always having one with you makes it super convenient to reach for instead of something else. I’ve even found that the larger bottles inspire me to drink more rather than less. Swell bottles are great for this (keeps your drink nice and cold all day long). If you’re looking for a less expensive option, Smart Water bottles are large and reusable.