My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

This year has come to an end, and almost all of my 2017 New Year’s Resolution‘s are complete.

Pushing myself to start this blog and achieve these goals has led to some outstanding opportunities. This year alone I celebrated Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street, New Year’s-kissed David under fireworks at Navy Pier, ate candy crystal meth in front of Walter White’s House, hiked solo from peak of the Sandia Mountains to the very bottom, and flew over 6,000 miles to walk in Arashiyama’s Bamboo Forest, eat authentic Japanese ramen, and sneak a peek at Mt. Fuji.

At the risk of sounding totally cliche, I think this year was the best year of my life. I am a goal oriented individual (obviously), and this year I really pushed myself.

It is time now to set some new goals for myself. With the new costs I have incurred with another life goal having been met just this month, my goals for 2018 vary a bit differently.

While this blog has been most recently catered towards the traveling crowd, the intention of Goals and Garbage has always been to be about living life purposefully. Through the usage of goals, I have been working on living my life to the fullest by pushing myself to do what I enjoy. And while travel is definitely a top priority, it’s time to involve other goals this upcoming year as well!

I’ve thought these over for some time now, and here are my 2018 New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Travel somewhere quarterly-ish at the minimum.
    • Location must be outside of the St. Louis County and City limits.
    • I am allowed to travel places I have already been.
    • Preliminary Plans:
      • March: New Orleans, LA (?)
      • May: Mexico City, Mexico
      • September: Moab, UT & Denver, CO (for my birthday again!)
      • December: (???)
  • Travel to 3 new places, and at least 1 new country. Preliminary ideas (but nothing set in stone):
    • Moab, Utah
    • Mexico City, Mexico
    • (?)

While it’s been fun challenging myself to visit somewhere at least once a month, it has also been both time-consuming and expensive. Going somewhere each month has meant smaller weekend trips, rather than large, planned out excursions which would have allotted more time for exploring or seeing nearby cities. For example, when we went to Denver it would have been the ideal time to visit Moab (somewhere I would really like to explore), but, since we had to keep the trip short, we were unable to. Additionally, these small trips eat up one to two ETO days a month, which are provided to me by my job. In 2018, I’d like to accumulate those ETO days to ensure I can take a week or so off for a couple of big trips.

The cost of these small trips is impeding on my ability to save more as well. Renting a car four times in one year is probably not ideal for most people (even with my step dad’s sweet discount), and neither is filling up the tank to get there. In 2018, I am hoping to save more money in order to pull off a multi-state-hopping trip and/or pay for flights.

  • Complete a frugal month.
  • Complete a waste-free month.

These two could possibly be joined together in the same month – I’ll see how it pans out when the time comes.

I’d like to attempt both a month where I spend no money on anything aside from absolute necessities (ie. groceries, bills, emergencies) and accumulate no trash. The current human way of life might be convenient right now, but is ultimately not sustainable. I try to be mindful of this, but I know I can do better.

I have seen several articles and followed a few bloggers who have attempted a no-waste month, and I’d like to join them in this endeavor. I am excited to see how much I can learn and find out where I can be more sustainable through this challenge.

Honestly this should be a forever-goal and not just a month, but you gotta start somewhere!

  • Save $5,000 – for house repairs/emergencies
  • Save $5,000 – for other emergencies

Last year, I had the goal of saving $15,000 for myself, which I achieved. And then, basically the moment I reached my goal, I spent a large chunk of it on…. buying a house!

Yep, you read that right.

I’ll delve into this more deeply in a future blog, but buying a house has been a long time dream of mine.

So yes, essentially I’d like to save up an additional $10,000 this upcoming year! The house I bought will have to be renovated, so this amount might be unattainable, but I am going to at least try. Which leads me to….

  • Begin reno on my house.

I don’t have a specific timeline in mind of when I want to fix or remodel everything in my house (besides when I can afford it lol), so I have no measure for this particular goal. However, there are some agenda items I want done prior to my move in and/or pretty soon after, so I think I will reflect on those terms.

Just call me Chip & Joanna Gaines! 😉

  • Begin a podcast.

I’ve got a lot of big ideas (start a blog! travel somewhere every month! film a tv show! complete another 365 project!). Some of them stick, and some of them don’t, but I at least want to try and start a podcast.

After seeing My Favorite Murder live, I felt especially inspired. They’re funny, I’m funny (I think), what do I have to lose?

  • Become more healthy.

Okay so this was a goal for 2017 too, and if I were to grade myself I’d give myself a C.

It was very eb and flow. I’d start a work out routine and be committed for two or so months, then drop off for a myriad of reasons (a creepy trainer, to save money, a pulled tendon, to be a foodie traveler).

When I got back from Japan, I was incredibly motivated to get back on track, and thennn I had to have minor surgery on my foot. By that point I was like “okay, I get it 2017. You want me to finish this year flubby”.

I’m hoping to try to get back into a good workout routine once we come back from Chicago and, fingers crossed, can stick to it.

  • Spend more time with my friends and family.

As I left to go to Kansas City in June, I remember getting a handful of notifications from friends inviting me to go out. It wasn’t the first time that my “one place to travel a month” goal got in the way of seeing friends. While I wouldn’t ever trade in the experiences I had in 2017, I missed several cool, local events and opportunities to catch up with people I cared about.

So for 2018, I’d like to try and rekindle some of the friendships that I let go by the wayside in 2017.

And that concludes my 2018 New Year’s Resolutions!*

*Subject to change, if life throws me a curveball ;).

Questions? Suggestions? Concerns? Leave them in the comments!



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