I turned 25 this last December and I realized, if I did really good in life, I was now a 1/4th of the way through it.
As I shared in my last post, 2017 wasn’t a great year for me personally or professionally in a lot of ways. Realizing that you are a 1/4th of the way through your life and realizing that it really hasn’t been a great year really makes a girl think. So, I am striving to make 2018 and the year of being 25 a rebuild year. Part of rebuilding is setting goals for yourself to reach. I decided there were some things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 26.
I ideally was going to come up with a list of 25 things to accomplish in my 25th year. But, well, only about 12 meaningful ones came to mind. So I let that be acceptable with a goal to leave room to grow—my list of 12 will turn into 25 really meaningful things I will have accomplished by my 26th birthday (next December).
I know that if I publicly declared these things, I would be more apt to actually accomplish them. So I am making anybody who reads this my accountability partner.
My 25 List
- Finish coding class—This is something that I have slowly been chipping away at in chunks of time here and there, but I haven’t sat down and made a plan to help myself chip away at it and make progress weekly. I really need to make a timeline for myself with goals that I can meet and hold myself accountable too. (So if anyone knows of any great timeline software, please, send it my way.)
- Go to at least two new cities: I LOVE to travel. I love to see new places, try new things, meet people who. I love just exploring. So this year I want to make it to at least two places (out of home state) that I can explore. I already know one is going to happen. As you are reading this, I am working on a plan for our trip to Savannah, Georgia this weekend. The beu and myself are going down for a wedding and decided and extra couple days down there would be fun. So if you have any recommendations, send them my way!
- Experience three new things in my own area/state: Ok, I always hear about how people want to get away to have some fun when there is actually some pretty cool things to do right in their own backyards! Or close by. I am a culprit of this too. I don’t try and find some cool stuff to do that is within driving distance always. So I want to try and do three new things in my own area or near by that I haven’t done before.
- Blog more regularly: You can’t gain ground if you don’t push forward. That means I actually have to write in order to be a better writer. Documenting my life in real time, sharing my lessons and struggles—who knows how I can connect or touch people. I mean I know I’ll regret at least one outfit or view I share at some point in my future life, but it is way more fun to see how much I have grown. I think.
- Get back in shape/Eating healthier: I am a proud Tone It Up girl, I will shout that loud and proud. But, even with such a great community, I haven’t been doing the greatest at eating Lean, Clean, & Green. Cravings have been doing the talking and I have been letting it convince me too often to not feed my body the way it should be.
- Run in a half marathon: I already know that this is going to be one of the hardest ones to keep. It is going to require a huge commitment to training and advanced planning.
- Focus on developing my skills: I have been interested and dabbling in photography since I was in high school, and if you don’t know it by now, I love it. I love capturing moments and stories on “film”. Looking back at how much I have grown over the years, I would like to continue to grow. I want to get better at photographing people, products, develop my style, and grow in my editing skills. This means taking bigger risks and saying yes to doing projects that I have never done before. Scary. Which also leads to…
- Learn to use Lightroom: I have used photoshop since I was in high school. I am by no means a the best, but I am not half bad. I have been watching more and tutorials on Youtube to learn new tricks.
- Write more: Ok, real talk, I have had the same journal for four years, and as a writer, that is just sad. I also have poems scrawled in the back of scattered notebooks across my collection so I have no idea what is what or where anything is.
- Touch up tattoo/Get second on: I got my first tattoo when I was 18 and I never went in for touch ups! I still love it in a lot of ways, but it definitely needs to be cleaned up. I have been saying I need to do this FOREVER and I finally am going to try and make it happen this year. I also have a second one planned. I have had it planned for a while but if it works out, I think this year is the year.
- Simplify: Have you ever thought about how much stuff you own? Circumstance in the last 7 months or so have made me think about a) Just how much stuff I know. b) How much I like or really don’t like some of it. c) How much I don’t really need of it.
- Be more intentional in my time: I will never, ever say that time management is one of my strengths. Maybe I shouldn’t publicly admit that, but it is an area that I struggle in and I have to stay pretty diligent about it. In 2018, I don’t want to just be diligent that I am getting to where i need to be and completing my to-do list. I want to be more intentional about where I put my time, conscious of the fact that every minute matters.
I have approximately 11 months left to fulfill these goals and find new ones to accomplish as well. I sort of can’t help but feel excited about the air of mystery that surrounds seeking out new goals to put on the list and what it will feel like to accomplish the ones I have already listed.
I encourage you to make your own list. Not of New Year’s resolutions, but just things you want to accomplish personally this year. Make some of them fun and ones that will be chalked full of memories.