My Goals for 2018

This is going to be a big year. My fiancé and I will get married. If all goes well, the voters will upend our robotic overlords. Yeah, I’m optimistic 2018 will be a good one.

This is also the last calendar year before my partner and I start trying for kids. Which means I want my goals to count. I know life and personal identity don’t stop when you have children, but there’s still a part of my brain that’s like: Embrace the YOLO while you still can.

With that in mind, here’s my first draft at goals for 2018:

  1. Marry and combine finances with my partner. If I hit only this goal, I’ll consider this year to be a win. The hardest part, by far, will be planning the wedding.
  2. Increase net worth 3 units. According to my calculations, I should be able to increase our net worth 2.5 units on my income alone. If my partner finds work by Jan 1, we’ll be looking at something closer to 3.25 units. If we hit the 3-unit mark, that’ll set us up to hit our “financial equilibrium” by first half of 2019. It’ll also mean that our non-house assets will be greater than our mortgage.
  3. Generate another stream of income, separate from my job. Right now I’m able to supplement my income with churning and proceeds from our roof of solar panels (expect a detailed post in a couple months). It’d be nice if I can find another light-weight way to make a couple thousand a year, just to pad our expenses.
  4. Chisel my way to six-pack abs. Pure whimsy and vanity. I’ve never been the rippling muscle type: my muscles are 90% jelly and I don’t think I could do a pull up to save my life. But I have been going to core classes the last couple months to good effect– you can now see the faint outlines of a couple abs right under my rib cage. I feel like if I put work into it, I’ll be able to get myself a six-pack. And this feels like my last opportunity since I imagine I shouldn’t try this while pregnant.
  5. Visit Ireland and Amsterdam. Combination honeymoon and trip to visit our friends while they work abroad. Fiancé will get to connect with his Irish ancestry, plus it’ll be his first time traveling internationally.
  6. Get involved in 2018 governor’s race. It’ll be an uphill slog to get rid of our elephant-in-the-room governor, so I want to help out where I can.
  7. Do one “interesting” thing per month. This is an idea I took from Chris Hutchins who was recently interviewed on the Mad Fientist podcast. In my updates, I will plan out my “interesting thing” for the next month. I’m hoping having a collection of 12 memorable moments by the end of the year will help me feel like I’m living to the fullest in 2018.

Then there’s my “keep on keeping on” list:

  1. Maintain body weight, regular diet and exercise. Due to my CSA, I have been eating healthier this year than I ever have before. I’ve also been pretty diligent about putting in 2-3 exercise sessions per week. I’d like to maintain that trend and keep my body feeling strong.
  2. Continue volunteering and donating 10% of my income. I’d like to continue fostering my relationship with my Little Sis and help her navigate the terrible time that is early teenager-dom. Also, charity.
  3. Read at least one book a month. Stay curious, keep reading.

Looking at this list, I don’t feel like I’m really setting “goals” for myself. “Goals” entail growth. This is more just itemizing the things on my schedule for 2018. Nothing here is terribly outside of my comfort zone, with the notable exception of political canvassing. That one’s going to hurt. Everything else, though, feels like the natural extension of the person that I already am.

Should I get more weird and creative goals? Or I’m just putting too much pressure on myself to live it up in my last moments of unmarried, childless freedom? I think this is likely just a blip of new-years inspiration-envy FOMO, which too shall pass.

What are your goals for 2018?

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8 thoughts on “My Goals for 2018

  1. We took 3 years to combine finances so if you get it done in a year, I applaud you! 😀

    As for unmarried, childless freedom, I never was fancy-free and carefree even when single and childfree but I think you should live it up as much as you feel comfortable doing. There’s a big difference between travel without kids and travel with them.

    I haven’t seen my abs in over 3 years, partly because my body type tends to hold fat in the belly region more (apple or pear). Makes me say – get your 6-pack now and enjoy it. It should also help when it comes time for labor!

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  2. I think your goals are great. You are setting realistic and attainable goals, which is good. The thing about goals is you can always complete them and then make new ones to push you further. That always feels good. But not achieving the initial goals can be quite the downer…

    Happy 2018!

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  3. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I’m still figuring out my goal list for the year, rather than just coming up with a list of super-general, almost thematic New Years’ resolutions like I did last year. I’d been running around on people’s blogs commenting that I thought I did well with my resolutions last year, but still felt dissatisfied with my progress on a lot of things, but then I looked back at the list and realized I was thinking of 2016’s resolutions, not 2017’s, which I barely remembered. Oops!

    In particular, I’m good about working out 2-3x a week, but have not really figured out a set of challenging and/or particularly helpful for overall fitness workouts that I can stick to. I’m “coasting” in that area, and it isn’t doing much for me, health-wise.

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    1. Thank you!

      Specifying intended progress for fitness can be hard. I know some of my friends who are more hard core than I am have certain metrics they use for fitness (be able to bench X pounds, consistently rock climb trails of Y difficulty, run a marathon in Z hours, etc.). So maybe you can formulate an outcome-driven goal rather than process-driven to push yourself for more progress?

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