Goals – they help keep me focused, give me something to shoot for, and offer me so much motivation. Writing goals down makes me accountable and putting them out there in the world helps them come to fruition.
We’re more than a quarter of the way into 2016, and I’m ready to post what my 2016 goals are going to be. Last year I was able to check some really important goals off my list, so this year’s list is going to stay nice and simple.
- Lose the weight I’ve regained. In the past year, I’ve gained about 30 pounds for a myriad of reasons. My main goal for 2016 is to lose these 30 pounds and get closer to reaching my ultimate goal weight of weighing 150 pounds.
- Travel, near and far, with RDC3. My boyfriend and I love to get out and explore new places, old favorites, and anywhere in between. Since the start of 2016, we’ve already been to Vegas for his birthday, attended Swan Lake (my first time!), gone to Land’s End in SF, taken Sofi to her favorite dog-friendly beach in Aptos, spent the day in Half Moon Bay with my parents to get fresh crab, and explored Carmel during my spring break in April. This year I’d also like to visit Calistoga to do a sip & cycle, go to LA to explore the art scene, and hit the snow in Tahoe. I’m sure we’ll do many other fun and exciting things throughout this year, and I can’t wait to experience each one.
- Continue having adventures in fitness. This year I want to continue finding new ways to enjoy fitness. One of my main ones for 2016 that I’d love to check off is zip lining! I’ve discovered that they do it right in my own backyard, in the Santa Cruz mountains, so I think this goal will be more than reachable this year.
- Read more books. I know this seems like a strange goal for someone who loves to read and who teaches English for a living. But oddly enough, I don’t have as much time to read as one would think. Which is why I have to set this goal and MAKE the time to read. I’ve challenged myself to read 26 books in 2016, and I’m going to have to get a move on if I want to reach this goal. I’m continuing to read with an online book club that has lots of fascinating books lined up. Those, coupled with my own “to read” library will insure that I’ve always got a great book to enjoy.
- Tap into my creative side. In the past I wasn’t great with this goal, but this year I’ve already made strong progress. I’m on Instagram almost daily, creating fun collages of photos, setting backgrounds, and adding text to photos. I love taking pictures and documenting my daily life, and the fact that RDC3 is a photographer really helps me get inspired with my shots. Last year I discovered Project Life, and although I didn’t do much more than buy lots of cute packages, I do want to use it as a way to “scrapbook” my life – both my weight loss journey and my adventures with RDC3. Another creative outlet for me has been getting more involved in using my Erin Condren planner as more than just a place to put my daily lesson plans. The planner community is strong on social media, and I’ve gotten lots of inspiration. Plus, using my planner more combines creativity with my love of organization.
There you have it – 5 goals and priorities for 2016. I can’t wait to see how much I accomplish!