2018 New Years Resolutions

I feel that writing them down makes a big difference because it makes it more concrete and it's something I can look back at to hold myself accountable to make sure I'm still on track.  I just completed a workshop on Vision Board planning so I’m finally ready to write down my goals.

1. Lose 25 lbs by April. I lost 15 lbs last year and my pants are fitting loser. My plan is to continue to meal plan and be consistent with healthy eating habits. A bunch of my girlfriends are doing Dry January where you abstain from alcohol for the month so I finally decided to get on board this year when I refused previous years due to my birthday falling in January. I think the lack of those extra calories on the weekend will help jump start my weight loss efforts. I can report now that I've successfully completed Dry January and lost 8 lbs this month!

2. Push the pace at Orangetheory. I've taken 190 OTF classes as paying for their expensive classes has been my motivation to never miss a class. I want to challenge myself to increase my base rate to 6mph and run longer at that rate. I’ve stayed stagnant running at 5.5mph for 10 years. My goal is to burn at least 500 calories each workout and increase my splat points. Continue to commit to morning workouts because I love having my evenings free.

3. Have a tranquil home. I'm naturally a messy person, so I've read both of Marie Kondo's books on decluttering but still need help keeping consistent with it as it's a habit you need to nurture. I took a workshop on the Kondo method as a refresher for myself.  I would like my home to be light and airy, comfortable and welcoming, and most importantly not overflowing. I want to be able to find what I'm looking for and have my home always be company ready. I think this will help me live a calmer more productive life.

I’ve started working on is emptying my closet because I have so many clothes I need to toss that I don't wear anymore. I also put in place a spending freeze on clothes and I’ve been selling clothes on Tradesy. It's a super easy, and way less stressful then selling on ebay.  Tradesy's commission rate is 14.9% and you can use your funds to buy stuff from their website or withdraw it from your paypal account for a 2.9% transfer fee. You have the option of using Tradesy's shipping kit for $10 which the seller pays for. After your sale is confirmed, Tradesy mails you a polybag and a pre-printed mailing label with tracking. Listing is free and your listing remains up indefinitely.

5. Last year one of my resolutions was to organically increasing my followers on instagram by working on the aesthetic of my pictures, using more hashtags and engaging more with others. I'm happy to report that I have enhanced my photography and doubled my followers! I plan to continue to work on this as a goal for this year. And adding the goal of working on my posing and styling a  beautiful, curated feed. Here's screenshots from my feed of my Christmas series, the Fall series, and the Night series. 

6. I want to read more this year, somehow I haven’t had much time to read lately, probably because I spend too much time on instagram. Last year I only read 25 books, when in 2016 I read 46 books and in 2015 I read 66 books. I started using audible again and hope that will help me listen to more personal development books . I averaged more than one book a month last year, although sometimes none for a couple weeks, but surprisingly almost an even split of personal development, fiction, memoir, and mystery.

7. Drink green smoothies on a regular basis. I get on a kick here and there but am never consistent with it. This helps me to eat more fruit.  I just learned that I can freeze the green smoothie recipe I make, so now I can make large batches and fill my freezer with it.

8. Take more Spanish classes. I started taking classes last fall to refresh my Spanish and the new semester starts next week!

9. Finish my 2017 photobook by the end of January. I create printed photobooks of my vacations but decided to do one of just my entire year minus my vacation. It's 100 pages of my year in review that will be a thin 8x8 coffee table book.

10. Get a new job.


  1. Love the list of resolutions that you've put together for 2018! They're all great objectives to have for the coming year. :)

  2. I love your resolutions! They are definitely going to make a good year ahead. Especially having a neutral home and reading more - love those!

  3. I love your resolutions for the year, I also love how you compared to last years resolutions and have seen so much growth and change! I hope this year is even better and continues to be a positive year! Best of luck my dear friend!
    xo- Kam

  4. My kids are inspiring me to move more. I’ve been hitting the gym at 5:30 every morning so I can compete in a 5K next month

  5. Love 5,7, and 8!! I’ve been trying to grow my Instagram followers as well so I know how it is trying to get the right aesthetic. I’m trying to teach Spanish to my daughter, she’s part Peruvian so I want her to be able to speak Spanish. Good luck on your new year resolutions!!

  6. Wishing you the best in 2018! I bet it will be a great year for you. -Suzanne