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Goals for 2018

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 3, 2018

Time to join the rest of the bloggers for the annual post on what goals I have for the new year.

A few weeks ago, I talked about how I want to rethink my goals for 2018 because I felt that some goals I had weren’t specific and weren’t necessarily related to the bigger goals I have for my life. Although I felt accomplished with the goals I reached, I also felt like I didn’t even accomplish anything at all because it didn’t lead me to a bigger goal.

When I look back at 2017, I feel proud, happy and everything other feel-good emotion. At the same time, I felt like my goals weren’t exactly conducive to the life I hope to live. For example, what is increasing my social media following/engagement by 20% going to do for me in five years?

Don’t get me wrong, some of my goals were VERY important to me, like not focusing on numbers for health and wellness. Yet, at the same time, I had another goal to increase my weekly running distance, which is very numbers-oriented.

See what I’m saying?

Our goals shouldn’t be just about what we want to achieve in one year. Rather, they should be on-going additions we want to incorporate in our lives for years to come because they’re important to us. 

This helped me rethink the direction of my goals for the new year, and helped me realize what I want to accomplish. Now, my goals feel more intentional for what I want to achieve in life.  With all that said, here are my goals for 2018:

1| Put an extra $5,000 in savings. 

Why this goal is important: Financial stability is a huge stress for people. My goal is to continue saving regularly, so that I never have to worry about making necessary purchases. My goal is life is to consistently travel, so I hope to travel more with this financial stability. I also hope to

2| Focus on being my healthiest self.

Why this goal is important: I’ve been on a journey toward living a healthier life, but toward the end of the year, I wasn’t keeping up with my health like I should have. For 2018, I’m making changes to practice self-care frequently, eating fresh, whole foods, and focusing on workouts that I genuinely enjoy.

3| Continue living simply and minimally. 

Why this goal is important: I’ve noticed a HUGE change in my life since focusing on minimalism and simple living. Minimalism helps me achieve my goals, and it also helps me save money, which gives me time to do the things I love like traveling, blog, etc.

4| Travel. 

Why this goal is important: Traveling is something I’ve always felt passionate about. It’s the reason I want to save money, and live minimally. There are simply too many beautiful places in the world, and I want to visit new places as often as possible. We have our honeymoon planned already, but I’m hoping to squeeze in another short trip during the year.

5| Develop my marketing skills.

Why this goal is important: I love the field I work in, and I’m so happy to wake up and go to a job I love. That being said, I plan to be in the field for a long time, so I want to continue developing my skills in marketing by taking online classes, listening to seminars, and reading more about marketing. 2018 is a year I want to grow as a Marketing Director, and I’m excited to see where this goal takes me!

What are your goals for 2018? How can you be more intentional with your goals for the new year?

 

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Why You Should Travel NOW

Posted in Lifestyle
on May 25, 2016

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The last year has been a little spontaneous for me in the travel department. I had amazing opportunities to visit Pittsburgh, Albany/Saratoga Springs, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Austin and more! For me, traveling is one of the best experiences you can give to yourself.

“Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.”

I can’t express how true these words are. When you spend money on travel, you’re offering yourself new experiences, adventures, opportunities to learn about a different culture and city. Traveling is worth every penny, which is why I’m sharing why you should travel now instead of waiting until you’re settled in life.

You’re Young And Able:

Personally, I don’t understand why people think it’s okay to wait until you’re retired to travel. When you’re older, you may have had children, some surgeries, and other things that cause wear and tear on your body. You won’t enjoy walking 15 or more miles a day exploring a new place. You’ll spend all that money just to hang out in a hotel room. So why not go when you’re in perfect health and have the ability to enjoy all aspects of traveling?

Money Isn’t Your First Priority:

Money is all relative. Hear me out. When you’re in your 30s and 40s, you have children to worry about, you have their college funds to worry about, you have a home and mortgage to worry about. Your financial responsibility at that stage of your life is massive, so traveling might seem impossible or not a priority. When you’re young and in your 20s, you’re mostly responsible for yourself. Now is the best time to travel. Don’t get me wrong, you should focus on your savings account, but you should treat yourself to a trip or two to explore and visit a new place.

Nothing Is Standing In Your Way:

Children, marriage, buying a home, moving a for your career, and so many other things stand in the way of traveling. I’m not saying these things are a reason to not travel, but they definitely become a priority in life over traveling. So, why not travel beforehand and then focus on the next steps in your life? I feel like people think it’s easier to wait until you’re completely settled with these aspects of your life, but it’s far easier to travel without worrying about the other priorities you have.

You Won’t Regret It:

You’ll never regret traveling, but you especially won’t regret it when you’re young. Being a college graduate, it can seem IMPOSSIBLE to find the funding for travel. It may seem difficult, but I promise it’s possible. Yes, you might have to sacrifice some money in your savings to make it happen, but you won’t have to spend your entire savings in one trip. When you’re young, traveling is the best experience you can take advantage of. Not only will you cross a place off your bucket list, but you will also have stories to share and a new appreciation of a different place.


Don’t sit back and wait to travel and visit all the places on your travel bucket list. Make a plan, save up some money, and go explore the world. There are far too many beautiful places in the world, and they are worth seeing.

What are your top three places on your travel bucket list? What has been your favorite trip in the last year? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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