2018 Goals


A month or so into 2018, and I’ve settled on my goals for the year. Last year, my 7 goals for 2017 focused exclusively on outdoors and active pursuits. As I mentioned in my 2017 review, I had some great goals, but I neglected to include the rest of my life, mostly work/grad school. So with that in mind, here are my goals for 2018. 

1. Write and defend my doctoral thesis. 
I am over half-way through my fifth year of grad school. I still have some experiments to finish up, but I should graduate this summer, maybe spring?!? but most likely summer. This goal will take up most of my time and energy, just like grad school did last year. I had hoped that things would calm down after I finished teaching in the fall, but they haven’t really. It’s going to be a big push until the end.

2. Find a full-time job. 
My professor is very kind and won’t kick me out immediately upon graduating, but we have had several conversations in which he has stressed that he can’t pay me forever. I have already applied to many places and am waiting to hear back about the second round of interviews at one of my top picks. I’m excited about that, yet I am constantly looking for more opportunities to apply for.

3. Eat at least one vegetable per day for a minimum of 90% of the year.
I know I should be eating way more vegetables than just one per day, but I’m currently not even eating that. I find if I’m not consciously thinking about it, I won’t eat any vegetables. So my goal this year is to eat one a day. That way I’m thinking about vegetables all the time. I added the 90% of the year portion because I know I won’t be perfect. If I eat a vegetable 90% of the time, then I call that success!

4. Exercise with moderate to strenuous intensity at least once a week for a minimum of 75% of the year. 
Again, I know I should be exercising far more than this, but for the time being my first two goals take priority. Last year, I didn’t even exercise this much, so meeting this goal will be a big improvement in my physical and mental health.

I have some areas that I would like to improve this year, but they aren’t really goals like the ones above. They are more of intentions I’d like to set for the year.

Blog more consistently
I love looking back at my blogs to remind myself of all the awesome adventures (big and small) that I had during the year. It’s sad that so many are missing from 2017. I do plan on going back and writing blog posts to fill in the gap. I also hope to stay more up-to-date in 2018; however, considering I’m publishing my goals post in February, I’m not off to a great start there.

Make sleep a priority. 
If I don’t get enough sleep, I get sick. In the middle of last semester, I came down with a cold and just couldn’t shake it. I would get better and then a week later, I’d be sick again! I know a big part of that was due to me not getting enough sleep. I need 8-9 hours of sleep a night in order to avoid getting sick. This year I’d like to prioritize sleep as much as possible.

We are a month and a half into the year, so how am I doing on my goals and intentions?

Well, I have eaten one vegetable 87.5% of days this year. Not quite my 90% goal, but I’m doing pretty good. I have also exercised 4 out of the 6 weeks this year. Again, I’m not quite on track with my goal, but I’m pretty close.

As for my intentions, this is my second blog post of the year. At this rate, I’m writing one post per month which would put me at 12 posts in 2018. This is more than I wrote last year, which is great. Although, I’d love to blog more often than once a month! I also feel like I’m doing a pretty good job of prioritizing sleep. I have finally kicked that cold to the curb in January and thus far, it hasn’t come back!

I’m excited for 2018, particularly for graduating and starting a new job!

How about you? Do you have any goals for 2018? How are they going so far? 



2 thoughts on “2018 Goals

  1. Nancy

    My goal this year is to go hiking or cycling someplace new every month. So far so good! January was a large local park with an awesome playground and miles of trails- I took my friends’ middle school kids there. I’m running out of time for February!

    As for other exercise I got myself signed up for an 8K in several weeks. I’m running more than I have since that semester we ran together at Berry.

    1. That sounds like fun! I love exploring new places.

      I’m pretty sure at Berry we only ran when it was too cold to ride bikes without freezing our hands, but we were desperate for movement. Good luck, you can do it!

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