2017 Review + New Year Goals

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! The years are flying by as I get older. 🙁 I hope 2017 treated you well! I like to reflect on “how I’m doing” frequently, but the beginning of a new year always feels like the best fresh start. It’s a good place to wrap things up and kick-off.

My word for 2017 was abundant because I wanted my abundance to overflow to others. I learned there is no limit to abundance and there is always an opportunity to do more. This quote from Jen Sincero is a good summary of what I learned about abundance this year.

“When we trust that we live in an abundant universe and allow ourselves to give freely, we raise our frequency, strengthen our faith, and feel awesome, thereby putting ourselves in flow and the position to receive abundant amounts in return. When we’re in fear, we hold on to what we’ve got because we don’t trust that there’s more. We pinch off the energy, we’re scared to share, and we focus on, and create more of, the very thing we’re hoping to avoid, which is lack. We live in a universe of give and receive, breathe and exhale, live and die, suck and awesome. Each side depends on the other, and each is relative to the other—every action has an equal and opposite reaction—so the more you give, the more you receive. And vice versa.”

My year involved a lot of eating, as my top nine Instagram photos above shows. I accomplished seven of my thirteen 2017 goals while I made a good dent on the ones I didn’t officially finish. With that, here’s a quick highlight reel of my year.

My 2017 in Review

WHEW. Great stuff, right?! The stats are nice but there’s always the stuff you can’t quantify that mean so much more. Like becoming more comfortable in my own skin and getting clearer about how I want to support what I’m passionate about (local food, environment, giving back are some things). This includes growing my relationship and friendships. And finding clarity about what I want my life to look like and seeing examples of how we (the world) are all in this together.

Hello, 2018!

I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2018 for a while. I think my last few years have encouraged me to cast my net wide and try many new things. This next year I want to go deeper into the things I enjoy. I think overall goals are about achieving happiness and living your best life every day.

I know I’ll be traveling, connecting with friends, and eating my heart out, so no need to make those easy goals. 😉 I don’t have one word picked out for the year but I know I want to make relationships, personal development, and giving back priorities. Overall I want to love harder, whether it’s being kinder to myself, doing my part in saving the environment, showing compassion to strangers, and being present with family and friends.

Here are a few of my goals for 2018:

  • Journal daily gratitude
  • Practice monthly with my camera
  • Read 50 books
  • Volunteer 24 hours
  • Take a professional development or creative class every month
  • Complete six craft projects
  • Learn more about Chinese culture (not sure what this looks like yet)
  • Finish the Spanish and Italian Duolingo programs
  • Grow a garden
  • Aim for zero food waste at home
  • To make: black forest cake, bread pudding, kanom sai sai, Danish pastry
  • Donate 5% of my income to charity
  • Do yoga at least once a month
  • Work out at least three times a week
  • Make four new recipes monthly
  • Meal plan weekly
  • Collaborate with bloggers on two blog posts
  • Do five in-depth food/culture blog posts (more info coming soon!)

I’m using a Passion Planner again this year to keep track of my progress. I love the format of the planner and the reflective pages after every month. How do you keep track of your goals?

I think it’s going to be a GREAT year, and I’m hoping for big things for you too!

What are some of your goals for 2018?

P.S. Curious about my past goals? Here are 2017, 2016, and 2015.

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  • If you’re interested in zero food waste – you guys should definitely consider getting a composter. We love ours! We hardly ever throw away much food waste now that we have one and instead will use the compost for our plants and lawn.

    • I need to talk to you about this more! I don’t have many plants yet (hoping our future herb garden will expand to vegetables), so it’ll mostly be for the lawn right now, which I haven’t cared much about. I’ve been wanting a composter though.

  • Brooke Hamilton

    We have a couple of goals in common. I just bought a gratitude journal and hope to read 12 books this year! I like your goal of monthly practice with your camera. I would like to do that too!

    • Yay! I bet you’ll love the gratitude journal, especially with Hazel here! Practice is the only way I’ll get better at photography and it will be fun to work at it! Happy 2018!

  • I love the by the numbers look at your year!
    I have a Passion Planner too and I really like it. I’m hoping to use it more as a journal this year and I’m hoping to jot down a few notes on each day so I can have it to look back on at the end of the year.

    • Same here; I don’t use the daily scheduling (Google Calendar instead) but I’ll use the space as my gratitude journal. I also like the monthly calendar pages and the empty pages in the back for notes and keeping track of goals!

  • What. A. Year. 🙂 Thanks for including that Jen Sincero quote (and for inspiring me to read her books!!). I need to write that down and re-read it throughout the month.

    I want to learn how to make Danish pastries!!!

    • My pleasure! Every time I come back to that quote it makes me inspired. Let’s get together and try making Danish pastries!

  • i love that one of your goals is zero food waste!! that’s awesome. i totally wish i could do that but i feel intimidated by it… i feel like chefs know how to minimize food waste by cooking multiple recipes with the same ingredients but for novice cooks that seems so daunting. and thumbs up for continued language learning ! i tried duolingo to learn french but haven’t been disciplined enough to continue with it. how do you like it?

    • The way I’ve been looking at getting zero food waste is buying ingredients for specific recipes (meal plan), making the plan instead of spontaneously eating out, and eating leftovers. We’re minimal with what we buy weekly so we usually don’t have many ingredients, usually vegetables, go bad before using them. Having a composter will also help! As for language learning, I took six years of Spanish in high school, so going through Duolingo is a review of everything I learned years ago, but I’m currently not confident in actually being able to speak fluently after finishing the program. It seems like a lot of memorization. I have zero Italian knowledge, so it’s been interesting starting that! So far I can say specific sentences – The man/woman/child eats the apple – haha! Similar to the Spanish, I’m not sure about fluency but I think I’ll be able to get by in Italy. At least the Duolingo program is easy and engaging to start learning! Thank you for reading!