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I love the beginning of a New Year. It’s super cliche, but I just love the fresh start that it brings. Like the majority of the population, once again, I am making some new New Year’s Resolutions. Or, as I like to think of them, goals for the year that will help me map out my life plan.
1. Visit 3 new states or 1 new country. Yup! Although we didn’t get to travel internationally in 2017, we did travel to 3 new states (between the 2 of us.) My first time in Iowa was when we arrived with all of our belongings in a moving truck, Andy’s first time in Minnesota was when he reported to Battalion (he’s been back to MN a zillion times since), and both of us visited South Dakota for the first time recently. 2. Read 100 books. Yes, barely! I ended up reading 100 books exactly. I had no idea when I made this goal, that I would be back in college and reading textbooks again! 3. Pay of $3,500 in debt (aka my Discover card). Yup! In fact, we’re debt free!!!!!! 4 . Learn a new hobby or skill. Your idea of a hobby or skill is probably more narrow than mine, but for my purposes, it’s just getting out there and learning something new. I started taking Lily to dog obedience classes and I feel much more confident in taking care of Lily on my own when Andy is gone. So I consider this goal accomplished. 5. Blog goals– grow my blog. I didn’t quantify this goal, but I would definitely say that I’ve accomplished this. I’ve been taking e-courses in my spare time and really trying to hone in on what I want my blog to be about. I also went to the Military Influencer Conference (as well as FinCon) and already bought my ticket to the 2018 Military Influencer Conference! I also was able to write some sponsored and freelance writing pieces. Towards the end of the year, I began to focus on quality instead of quantity.
And as we all know, my Bible verse for the year was completely fitting to the crazy journey that 2017 was.
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
-Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)
Overall, I’m really thrilled for how 2017 went, despite the many challenges the year brought. Let’s see what I have in mind for 2018!
1. Go on a big road trip through South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and North Dakota. Our plan is to visit Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Glacier National Parks and then travel home via North Dakota. Of course, we’ll add more adventures to our itinerary when we’ve gotten the official “okay” to take leave. We have a general idea of when we’d like to take this trip, but we’re still waiting to find out when Andy will be on his big “field trip”. We’ll probably never live this close to these states again, so we have to visit while we can!
2. Visit Jen and her family in Kansas. Jen is one of my blog friends I’ve known practically since I first started blogging! She has been a wonderful friend through these past few years, yet we’ve never met in person! They’re at Fort Leavenworth, which is about 4.5 hours from where Andy and I currently live. Their assignment in Kansas is a fairly short one, so I have to visit her in 2018 before they move again!
3. Read 30 books. You’ll notice that my reading goal for 2018 is much less than the year before. Even though I’m a huge bookworm, realistically, for the next few years I will be reading textbooks instead of fun books most of the time. But I still want to make time to read! 🙂
4. Fully fund our emergency fund/save for new (to us) vehicles. Now that we’re debt free, our next big financial goals are to fully fund our emergency fund (around $20,000) and buy new (to us) vehicles. We’ll be working on these goals concurrently, because we’re not sure when our cars will eventually give out! 😉 I plan to share more about our post-debt snowball financial goals in another blog post!
5. Continue working towards my BSB in Business Administration. I already have my degree plan mostly mapped out, but I still want to stay focused on my education! Right now I’m estimated to graduate in 2020, but this may change if I decide to take only 1 class a semester, instead of 2.
My Bible verse of the year:
Last year was my first year of picking “my” Bible verse of the year. I am really thankful I did, because it was such a comfort to me during the trials of 2017. This year, I struggled to come up with a Bible verse… and after pondering and searching for a while, this one stuck out to me.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
-1 Corinthians 15:33
This year, I really want to focus on my character. I want to have good character and I want my life to truly display Christ as a follower, not just a “fan”. Likewise, I want to reflect on people that I consider close friends and make sure their characters are one that I strive to have as well. After all, they say you are who your friends are. Going along those lines, I also want to make sure that the groups/clubs/organizations I choose to align myself with stand for things that I truly believe and (once again) display Christ. Basically, I want people to know I’m a Christian by how I live my life, and not be surprised when I say that I am.
What are your goals for 2018?
How did your 2017 goals go?