My New Years Resolutions for 2018

Does anyone in the world keep their resolutions, or do we just do this to make us feel better about our lives? You too? Ok, good, I feel better about myself. I stopped promising myself that I was going to hit the gym regularly as a resolution a long time ago (guys – we both know that’s not gonna happen), and instead, I started making resolutions that I can quasi keep. I recently had a nine hour plane ride, with headphones that barely worked, which plunged me into at least ten minutes of serious reflection on my life. I’ll be thirty in a few years. What do I want my life to look like? This got me on the thought-train of setting my New Years Resolutions for the next year, and I thought I would share them with you.

-Set Better Boundaries in My Life
I have a problem with saying no to things, especially if someone I love is asking me. I try really hard to show up for people, and be there – which I think is part of being a good friend. Friendship and community are really important to me, but sometimes not saying no, can take it’s toll on me, and make me exhausted, especially when I have too much on my plate. This next year, I’m gonna work on not taking on more than I can handle, and getting better at saying no when I need to.

-Become Better at Spending My Time
I keep waiting for life to slow down, so I can have a much deserved day in my sweatpants, watching Gilmore Girls reruns, but it doesn’t. I’m pretty firmly committed to living in Texas, where our church, and friends are, but am spending more and more time travelling for work (guys, I’ve been gone six out of the past ten weeks – my frequent flyer miles are crazy!). I’m not bad with time necessarily – but I definitely don’t thrive on a busy schedule, so I need to get better at time management.

-Don’t Take Anything for Granted
Running this business is what I dreamed about, when I was bartending, and serving tables for years, and thinking it would never, ever, ever, happen. I never want to get to a place in life where things start to get ordinary, or I start to feel entitled. I think that entitlement is what kills your dreams. It’s hard to feel like you’re living the life of your dreams, when you think you deserve it. I know that I don’t deserve any of this, and it’s only because of each and everyone one of you, that I have any of it. I don’t ever want to lose sight of that.

I’m not a crazy spender, but I do love coffee drinks, and Chipotle burritos, and clothes – and since we’re building a house, those things add up to us not having French doors (or so David tells me). I’m trying to be a more responsible adult about how I spend my money this next year, which means a few more homemade burrito bowls, and a few less Chipotle bowls.

So these are the things I’m going to try to accomplish in my life in this next year. What are your resolutions for 2018?