Happy 2018! I can’t believe the new year is already here! While I am not the kind of person who likes to make New Year’s resolutions, I like to make goals for the new year instead. Goals are an object of a person’s ambition or effort whereas a resolution is a firm decision to do something. I don’t want you to think I am taking the lazy way out and calling my New Year’s resolutions goals so I don’t have to firmly do anything, but if I tell myself I have to do something, I find myself finding excuses for me to not do it or even resent it. So I plan ambitious goals instead and work hard to achieve that goal. To me, that’s more rewarding.
Madewell coat, J. Crew turtleneck sweater (old, similar here and here), J. Crew jeans, Marc Fisher heels (last seen here, similar here and here), Brixton hat, Clare V bag (less expensive version here)
My goals in 2017 included traveling to Mexico (check), spending a week in Napa (check), traveling to Iceland (check check), introducing myself to new brands (check), drink 8 glasses of water a day (check), take vitamins every day (check), write in my diary at night (check), and the biggest goal of all – learn to let go. I am still working on that one. I have a hard time not taking things personally, and I am definitely getting better at it in this blogging business.
While I will continue with a majority of these goals in 2018 (drink water, take vitamins, learn to let go), some new ones I am adding for the new year include:
I’d say this is both Tor and I’s top goal for 2018. We have talked about traveling to Asia for so long, but every time we begin to explore dates to make it happen, something brings us back to Europe. I am not complaining though, because I ADORE Europe and would very happily and easily move there. I am also extremely, extremely grateful for all the trips to Europe we have been able to do in the last 6 years, but Tor and I both agree that Asia deserves a turn now. I have also made it very clear that we would not even have the conversation about starting a family until we have made it to Asia, so don’t expect a pregnancy announcement to come from us until that happens! The country at the top of my wish list is Japan, followed closely by Hong Kong and Singapore. Tor also has Hong Kong at the top of his list, since his bestie and best man from our wedding lives there. He also has Thailand in his top 3. We have also talked about the Philippines, since we both have large fan bases there and I’d love to visit them. I thought 2017 would be the year we would finally cross the Pacific, but that didn’t end up happening. However, I feel it in my bones that 2018 is going to be the year. I can already picture all the amazing content we would get to share for you all… ahhh it makes me so excited!
I am always thinking of new content for The A List (duh, that’s my job), but I really want 2018’s content to be extra special and really entice everyone into our lives. I’d love to give my readers some more inside glimpses into all things beauty as well as maybe create different kinds of newsletters to appease different readers. I am also always thinking of ways to keep the site interesting, clean, and easily accessed, and I want to make sure The A List evolves with its readers throughout the year. One idea was to create an A List online magazine…. maybe that’s for 2019.
I know readers want to really get to know their favorite bloggers well, and I feel like I do a bit of a poor job keeping you guys interested in my life outside of the blog. I talked about this on Instagram Stories a few days ago, where I explained I don’t always feel the need to post constantly on Instagram Stories since I want to keep some aspects and events of our lives private. With that said, I could definitely be a bit better about Instagram Stories while we are on the go. I mean, I hype up trips to much and now we have a new tool in Instagram Stories to keep you in the loop via videos that I don’t really take enough advantage of. I still want to keep a majority of our personal lives private (such as date nights, time with friends, private time at home, time with family), but I am going to try to be better at opening up about other things to you all.
ADOPT MORE CATS
Just kidding. I just wanted my husband to read that while scrolling through this and have a panic attack. I’m a fun wife.
I feel like this is the most popular New Year’s resolution for almost everyone each year, but for me it’s definitely a goal to get back into shape. I haven’t set foot in a gym since we moved out of Toronto, and that was in March 2016. I keep active in other ways, especially with my dancer background (I literally do everything from my core, including getting out of bed), but my body looked and felt a whole lot better when I was working out 2-3 days a week back when we were in Canada. I want my body to look and feel that good again. I would like for my jeans to actually fit the way they are supposed to. My sister is a fitness pro (she recently won NPC Universe!) and I doubt I will ever look as fit as she does, but I do feel inspired to get fit. I always said I would not want to even think about trying for a baby until my body was in tip top shape and was strong enough, and right now it’s nowhere near either of those things. So one of my goals for the next 12 months is to bust my butt, build up my shoulders again, and keep my heart pumpin’.
RENOVATE THE HOUSE
This has been a goal for some time now. We bought our home in 2015 (on the same day we got engaged, believe it or not!) and while we renovated our living room and made some minor changes here and there, the big, big projects are renovating our upstairs bathrooms, renovating and turning the guest bedroom into my full-time office, renovating our master bedroom, REPLACING ALL THE FLOORS, renovating our downstairs bathroom, and the biggest project of all – GUT, REDESIGN, AND RENOVATE THE ENTIRE KITCHEN. While we know what we want to do upstairs and what kind of floors we want, we have gone back and forth on design ideas for the kitchen. It’s not just a simple replacing of countertops and cabinets. It would be a full gut-job with relocating pipes and vents and the gas line, etc. That project will take time, which we are never really quite sure about since schedules change at the last minute (Tor found out 2 weeks before our wedding that he would have to relocate to Spain less than a week after our wedding!). Also, with Tor’s job being up in the air all the time, we want to make sure he gets another season of a television show before we dive into these (somewhat expensive) projects. If there’s one thing I have learned from watching nonstop HGTV is that problems can arise and fudge up budgets, so maybe it’s best to have some backup funds just in case something pops up that we weren’t expecting. But we don’t want to just blindly spend on such big projects until we know more about Tor’s schedule. #ActorLife.
So those are my five (I guess six if you count my silly one) goals for 2018. I hope we get to achieve them all before December 31, 2018 (especially Asia…. for some reason that’s higher on my list than renovating our house). What are some of your goals for 2018?