Discussion: 2018 & Finding Balance

Posted December 27th, 2017 by in Discussions / 6 comments

I’m scheduling this on December 19th, 2017. Today was a good day. We’ve had countless discussions about how I don’t adapt well to changes. I’m getting better. At work I am a machine at prioritizing and delegating. At home not so much. 🙂 We all have busy lives for sure. For the last half of 2017 I’ve floundered on what I want to be when I grow up. I struggled immensely with all the things I wanted to do and the very limited amount of time that I have to do them. I think I may have my head in the right place. For today anyway.

In December it took me 18 days to read a book. It was a re-read. The first time I read it I finished it in a day. Two weeks to finish a 368 page mass market. I barely made my goal of 50 for 2017. I cleared the goal with 13 days. I’m not disappointed and I don’t feel like I failed. It just made me take stock of what is important. Reading is a huge part of my life. I need to make it a priority. Lex and I have decided to be accountable to each other in 2018. I plan to try and get an average of 30 pages a day. I would love for that to be 30 pages (minimum) every day. I know there will be days when I can’t get to it and will need to catch up later.

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I am a planner. I am a list maker. I like to try to map out my life so that I feel in control. It tamps down my anxiety. The lesson that I learned in November/December is that I can only take life one day at a time. It’s good to have goals and deadlines. It’s good to know about where I want to be. It’s what helps accomplish these goals. Taking it a day at a time helps me feel like I haven’t “failed”. I try to map my week out and I’m learning *finally* what I’m capable of and that I can’t accomplish 50 things every single day.

My husband and I are going to try switching to going to the gym in the morning. With his commute this may not be doable but we’re trying. If I can accomplish this then that will leave my evening free to catch up with chores and cooking with plenty of time to spare for reading, blogging, cross stitching, knitting, and gaming. I’m optimistic that I’m going to be able to do more of what I love while still attaining my goal of becoming a healthier me.

On this day I want to say welcome to 2018 and I hope that it treats you well! Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2018?



6 Responses to “Discussion: 2018 & Finding Balance”

  1. Beth W

    Best of luck to you! I, too, am working out in the mornings before work in 2018, so I can have a bit of freedom in the evenings. Have you ever tried bullet journaling? I’m starting on it, and so far it’s relaxing and empowering to be able to put things on a list (prioritizing things, scheduling them, and then- best of all- crossing them off when finished).

    • Stephanie

      Thank you! Freedom in the evenings is what is really going to help us out! I have not. Bullet journaling actually intimidates me a bit. I’m not very artsy or doodely so I worry I wouldn’t use it because it wasn’t pretty enough. But crossing off items on a list is the best feeling!

  2. Lover Of Romance

    I am so happy with these goals you have to developing a better you!!! It is good to remember that we can only do so much in a day right? I do hope you get the schedule worked out to be able to exercise with your husband. #relationshipgoals

    Happy New Year and hope you had a wonderful CHRISTMAS!!

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    • Stephanie

      Thank you! YES! Because I burn out so quick if I don’t remind myself that the world didn’t stop because I didn’t accomplish goals A, B, or C today. Me too! This week we decided to continue with evenings and he’ll help with dinner at night.

      Happy New Year to you to! We did and I hope you did too!

  3. Beth W

    Yay! I was intimidated, too, until I actually read BulletJournal.com, made by the guy who started it. The whole ‘pretty doodle’ thing is actually advised against, because it can create a distraction from the whole purpose of bullet journaling (life organization). People share their pretty art, but that’s all fluff- a useful bullet journal doesn’t have to look nice or be legible to anyone but yourself. (Also, places sell stickers with pretty doodles on them, so I figure if I start feeling like mine is too plain, I’ll slap some stickers on it). 😀

    • Stephanie

      Thanks for that resource! I’m definitely going to be checking it out. I’m a total fan of lists and goal making. The pretty doodle stickers is what starts to make the hobby expensive. Lol BUT I’ll check out that link and see what it’s really all about.

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