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Aaahhh, resolutions.  Some love ’em, some hate ’em – and truthfully, I see both sides. BUT I do love Queen Oprah’s manifestation/”secret” mentality, so I like to set realistic, achievable goals every year. Plus, it’s always interesting to look back and see what was a hit and miss in the previous year!

I thought I could show you guys  how I do that –

First I like to dive back into the previous year’s goals. Mine are here. I try to evaluate what I achieved, what I didn’t and why.  I think I really tried to tap into each resolution except one: weekly date nights with Christian.

Excuses, excuses, I know… but my travel schedule and Christian’s work schedule don’t make it easy. He became one of the chief residents this year, which added responsibility and hours to his weekly workload. SO, my attempt to work-around this is just to try harder.  Maybe I need to wake up super early to cook breakfast for us sometimes when the nights are too hectic.  It’s still a goal, and I’m not going to give up!

With that evaluation behind me, let’s set some new goals shall we?

Eat your greens.  I’ve shared on Insta-Story, but I’m eating plant-based in January. This means I’m going to be eliminating animal products (meat and dairy) for a month. I recently watched What the Health on Netflix and a short educational video on YouTube (I’ll share in the comments if any of you want to watch it but warning: it made me sob) that inspired me to try this and see how it goes! I plan to share weekly pros and cons along with my meal plan/eating journal each week on CBL, so stay tuned if you’re interested!

I’ve done Whole30 a few times and you can find all those posts here.

Create video content. This is has been on my “to do” list for many, many months but I know it’s a lot of work and definitely has  learning curve so I keep putting it on the back-burner.  I’ve recently expanded the CBL team which has allowed more open time in my calendar to take on new projects… and also means no excuses!

Weekly date nights. Still a priority, and as shared above, I plan to get creative to find ways to make it happen more consistently.

Think positive.  I learned a lot about myself when watching this documentary. I think I’ve gotten a lot better over the years, but looking at things in a positive light, seeing the lesson or light in frustrating situations is something I’m always trying to do more of.

Be more spontaneous.  I am 100% Type A – always have been.  This means I can be selfish with my time and (happily) live by my agenda. LIVE BY IT.  Christian is totally not this way and he is always so wonderful at getting me to dip my toe into spontaneity on occasion.  He knows I need a little pep talk and I’m like, “Kathleen! You don’t even have kids, GO! Do whatever!”

I’d love to hear how you guys tackle resolutions, reviewing your previous year’s goals.  Can you tell I’m Type A just by this post!? #geez

Thank you so much for reading, sharing and being a part of this blog with me. Really, you guys don’t know what it means to my life and our little family. You’ve given me my dream job. XOXO –

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34 thoughts on “My 2018 Goals

  1. Girl! When it comes to being too type A – I’m right there with you! Looking forward to . making some changes in 2018. We got this! (also, I might just have to try the plant based diet too – that doc on Netflix terrified me)

    Happy New Year!

    Lauren Elyce

  2. You deserve all the success you have…you’ve earned it! Of all the blogs I subscribe to, yours is one that I never fail to enjoy. Keep doing your thing, and I can’t wait to see your 2018 content!

  3. Great post! I love reading everybody’s new years goals and resolutions. It inspires me to make my own. I completely get the part about not being spontaneous enough. Sometimes I have to force myself to go off the grid and do something risky or different.


  4. I love the idea of working on habits instead of resolutions (I can’t keep them anyway)Thanks for sharing that post girl! For resolutions, I use to make them every year but over the past couple of years I didn’t make concrete ones and instead just set intentions of having my best year yet. One full of positive thinking and reflections. You’re one of the two bloggers that I first started following on insta and have thoroughly been inspired and entertained. I look forward to all your 2018 content and excited for your move to San Francisco. Happy New Year to you and your sweet family

  5. Ohhhh, Kathleen, these are great and super attainable goals! I’m not Type A, but I am definitely NOT spontaneous. If I don’t know what the outcome of something is gonna be, I don’t really want to do it. I’m going to try and be more open in that way this year, as well! I’m also going to try and eat more vegetables – I used to be SO good, but that was when I had kind of an unhealthy relationship with food. For me, it’s difficult to find a balance between health and obsession. I got a new blender, so hopefully green smoothies will get me off to a good start.

    And YES, pleeeease video content from you. Watching your IG stories is always a highlight of my day, and I want more tbh.

    xx Jamie

  6. LOVE this post! It’s so refreshingly realistic while still keeping in line with the whole New Year’s resolutions tradition! Thank you for sharing yours!

  7. Being more spontaneous is totally on my list for 2018, too! I am just like you and 100% Type A! I always have to have a well detailed plan in advance, and it’s so hard for me to be spontaneous! Glad I’m not alone!


  8. Ah, I think you just inspired me to write down my resolutions for 2018!

    Congrats on taking the steps to eat plant based- it’s challenging but so worth it!I went vegetarian about 3 years ago, but still eat cheese from time to time. Trying to cut it all out the January as well (wish me luck).

    Good luck on accomplishing all of your goal, girlfriend 🙂


  9. You have inspired me to try Whole30 as one of my first goals for 2018!
    I’m also trying to be more positive this year- and I’m going to try something I saw on Pinterest. At the end of every week, I’m going to write down something good (inspiring, funny, etc) that happened during the week and place it in a jar (I’m hoping my husband will join me!). Then on NYE we can read through them and remember all the wonderful things that happened throughout the year instead of harping on the negative.
    Lastly, read more books! My bookshelves are full and I have a lot of great ones to catch up on!
    Good luck with yours :). Can’t wait to continue following and see how the year goes!

  10. Love your blog and instagram – you are so relatable and inspiring! Keep doing what you’re doing!

  11. SO EXCITED FOR VIDEO CONTENT!!!! I know it may be different from your instastories but girl, those give me life. Can’t wait! Xoxo

  12. I recommend trying the app. I use this app to planing my goals, tasks and projects.They have a demo and you can understand whether it suits you or not. A free and very convenient app!

  13. I use iSmart.Life app to planing my goals, tasks and projects. This is a free and very convenient web app. They have a demo and you can understand whether it suits you or not.

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