My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

As I mentioned in my 2017 Reflection post, I accomplished a lot last year. But in true perfectionist fashion, I am determined to accomplish even more this year. I’ve never been one for setting strict resolutions, but I do like to set goals for myself to have an idea of what I’m working towards. So here are some of the things I would love to do in 2018….

Write the first draft of my book

Perhaps my most hefty goal, I would love to get started and hopefully write a first draft of a book. I’ve had the idea for it for years now, and have written parts of it on and off for a while now, but I want 2018 to be the year I actually take it seriously. I don’t want to give too many details about it yet, but I will definitely keep you all posted on my progress!

Travel to at least 3 new places

Like I mentioned in my 2017 Reflections, I was lucky to be able to travel quite a bit last year. However, it only made me want to travel even more this year! There are a few places in Texas I still haven’t visited, along with a few other states and countries that are on my wish list. Honorable mentions go to San Francisco, New Orleans, and anywhere in South America. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to make it to at least three new places!

In Crested Butte Colorado during my vacation in July
Find a workout routine

Working out and I have a strained relationship. I tend to go through periods of time where I exercise on a regular basis, and then periods where I don’t so much as go on a walk. I’m hoping to make 2018 the year I finally get consistent. I haven’t decided on a specific schedule yet, but I just want to get on a routine that I feel comfortable with. As I’ve mentioned in past blog posts, exercise makes me feel happier as a whole. Happy body, happy mind!

Find a blogging/YouTube routine

Like exercise, I tend to go through slumps in my blogging and, more recently, my YouTube channel. I guess everyone experiences that with resolutions to a certain extent, but I would like to get into a routine with uploading YouTube videos consistently, and writing new blog posts consistently. Again, I haven’t decided on the schedule, but I would just like to stay consistent and have a goal to work towards every week/month.

Try new restaurants in Austin

Despite the fact that I was born and raised in Austin, I sometimes feel woefully ignorant to where the best restaurants are in the city. I always enjoy exploring new places (hence the travel resolution above), so why not explore within my own city? This year I’m hoping to discover some new favorite places to eat. And I will definitely capture them on this blog!

At Elizabeth Street Cafe for my birthday last year
Learn an instrument

Last but certainly not least, possibly the most fun and exciting resolution I have is to pick up an instrument! I played piano and violin in grade school, and I was in choir in high school. I’ve always loved music, and the past couple of years I have had the urge to start playing an instrument and/or singing again. My dad recently got a ukulele, and I’ve been thinking about getting one myself! Either that or a cheap keyboard to learn how to play piano again. Like my other resolutions, I will keep you all posted on what I decide.


I’m pleased to say I’m feeling very optimistic about the coming year. I know I said this last year, but I am determined to make 2018 MY YEAR! What are some of your 2018 resolutions? And what are your tips for sticking to them all year round? Let me know in the comments!


13 thoughts on “My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Love it, Shells! Especially the idea about learning to play an instrument–I sometimes think about picking up piano again, too. Just a matter of actually DOING it, you know? Some of my goals for this year are to spend intentional time with each of my friends regularly, to learn and grow in my career by getting certified in psychiatric nursing, and to spend more time doing things I enjoy. I know that God has so much in store for us! Cheers to 2018 🙂

    1. Thanks girl! Always love your comments on here. 🙂 Yes definitely, just gotta make an effort to make it happen! Those are really great goals too. Important to have a good balance of career and personal goals! I’m sure we will both have a great year! 🙂

  2. I feel the same way about restaurants in Austin. My sister is always going to new ones around town and knows all the weird places, but I only know about Olive Garden and Kerby Lane and maybe 3 more, and Olive Garden is not even unique to Austin. Now that I live in College Station it’s harder, but I still feel like I should have gotten to know all the cool places when I was there. Good luck exploring!

    1. Ha yes it can be a challenge to branch out and discover new places! I’ve really been enjoying it and it’s going well so far! I didn’t know you live in College Station now. I’m sure there’s a few good restaurants there too!

      1. My husband and I moved here last August so he could go to A&M (we plan to move again when he finishes), but I go to Austin about once a month. There are a few here but I don’t seem to be too good at discovering them – I need to be more adventurous! Something to work on 🙂

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