Well Hello 2018 and all the lovely optimism that comes with you.. and all the frustration of changing “17” into “18” every time I write the date.
My new year started out with celebrating my mother’s 60th birthday, which is odd to say because I still view her as a beautiful and young soul. And I promise I’m not trying to get daughter brownie points or anything. She’s truly an amazing mother and woman that I constantly aspire to be. My brothers and I got together to surprise her at dinner. We get caught up with our every day lives and can’t always coordinate to spend time together which is something my mom has always wanted.. all three kids together in one place.. getting along. She looked so happy and I’m glad we were finally able to make that happen for her.
The next day my cousin and I took her to the Des Moines Botanical Gardens. The weather here has been in the negative temperatures the past several weeks so it was really refreshing to walk around in a warm and humid environment with all the fragrant smells from the tropical plants and flowers.
Alright since this is a “New Year” post, it’s time to talk about goals..
Last year I wrote out several goals or things I wanted to work on for 2017. I’d circle 4-5 at a time and try to focus on those instead of attempting to tackle the entire list at once. Some of the items didn’t happen in 2017 and will carry onto this year’s list, but the majority of the goals have satisfying check marks next to them..
- Solo trip (to Oregon)
- Big summer garden
- Becoming debt free
- Getting my last name back
- Learning to love photography again
- Horseback riding
- New Mexico
- Arizona to see the Grand Canyon
A lot of people made “Top 9’s” on Instagram, but I chose to throw together my own favorite 9 from last year to share some of my favorite 2017 adventures.
This year’s goal list is a bit shorter, but they’re some pretty big goals and I want to focus the majority of my energy and efforts there. I know that I’ll be adding to it as the year goes on.. like maybe purchasing a motorcycle and finally learning how to ride one? Whatever I end up tackling you can be sure that I’ll be sharing it here with you!
Any of these on your list too? I mean there has to be someone else out there that wants to adopt a pair of piggies! Comment below and share the goal you are most excited to accomplish this year!
Here’s to a successful shiny new year! Cheers!
I love your last goal – what a sweet idea! And I’m seriously digging the new hair color! It’s so pretty! Looking forward to following you along on your adventures this year!
I added that one because I’m constantly making lists and writing out who I’m grateful for in my life and why, but when it comes to telling them face to face I’m worried I’ll get all weird and cry on them or they will be uncomfortable. Haha so since I’m better with words I’m just going to choose someone each month and write them a letter at random to let them know how much they truly impact my life. And thank you! I was a little nervous about the hair change, but it needed to happen! I can’t wait to see all your adventures with May!
Claire Peslherbe says
Do you already know what you want for you new tattoo?
If you need any help with the french thing, I am french 🙂
On peut discuter quand tu veux :p
My goal is to make music(singing) with my bf. I’m petrified, he is a professional musician, I am not. :s
The other one is going to Chicago in the winter, and hopefully see some snow. The tickets are booked so… that’s that.
Hello Claire! I would love to practice my French with you! I’ll shoot you an email when I’m feeling more confident with it. Haha I’m sure I will be better writing it than I will be speaking it. And I love your goals! Chicago is a fun city and definitely gets plenty of snow! I’m about 5 hours from there in Iowa and we get plenty here too! I also love that you will be making music with your boyfriend. What a special and intimate thing to share with one another. It’s good to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
As for my tattoo, my whole right arm has an underwater and nautical them so I’ll be doing a ship in a bottle, but instead of a ship I’m thinking a little farmhouse or barn scene. It will represent coming back home to Iowa after living in another state for 5 years and my love for the country.
Let me know how your Chicago trip goes! I hope you get some snow while you’re visiting!
Until then, au revoir!
Claire Peslherbe says
sorry it took me a while to reply, I’ve been so siiiick… all good now.
whenever you’d like for the french thing 🙂 writing it is a good start. Speaking will come later :p
your tattoo idea is so freaking awesome!! so meaningful too. And very original! I cannot wait to see it!
I’ll let you know about Chicago, I’ll probably post some pictures somewhere.
A bientot! 😉