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New Year, New Goals

  • January 4, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
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New Year, New Goals

Yeah, yeah, we hear it every single new year! What are your new year resolutions? What are your dreams and goals for the upcoming year? It all gets a little tired, doesn’t it? After we’ve all over-indulged over the Christmas/New Year period we all tend to make resolutions pertaining to our health and well-being. But what about our other needs? So I have decided not to have any new year resolutions but something along the lines of New Year, New Goals.

Why New Year Resolutions Don’t Work

New Year, New Goals

I’m going to give up alcohol for an entire month. I’m going to go on a diet and lose weight. I’m going to join a gym and get fit this year. I’m going to give up smoking. We’ve all heard these types of new year resolutions before.

We start with a flourish of dieting, exercising and going cold turkey with the drinking and smoking, but soon peter out before the month’s end. The problem is that it’s a lot to aim for all at once. I would recommend to try one thing at a time, like only drinking on the weekends or gradually increasing your exercise over a few months, rather than going hell for leather.

We also implement these changes in our lives without much forward planning and then realise that dieting and exercising this month is going to be too difficult due to work commitments or a heavy social schedule. So make sure your schedule is clear before you try to cram in more exercise or commence a new healthy eating plan.

Implementing a “Word” for 2018

New Year, New Goals

I’ve only recently heard of this new phenomenon of implementing a “word” for the new year. What it involves is thinking of a word that inspires you to set goals or make improvements in your life for the following 12 months. For example, if my word was “create” I would set goals around that word, such as maybe taking up a watercolour painting class, setting aside time to paint watercolours and attending art exhibitions.

My word for 2018 is going to be “maintain”. For me that involves maintaining the equilibrium in my life of a good work/life/travel balance and maintaining my present weight and fitness.

So put your thinking caps on and come up with your own “word” for 2018. Who knows where it may take you!

Setting Goals for the New Year

New Year, New Goals

For some people, they like to sit down with their planner or diary and actually set a list of goals for the new year. These goals can be broken down into the following categories:

  • Health and fitness
  • Work or career
  • Education/learning
  • Personal/spiritual
  • Family/relationships

Under these categories you can then start making dot points of areas that you would like to improve or fine tune for the upcoming year. For example, under education/learning I would like to add: “undertake an outdoor photography course to improve my photography skills”.

Planning Ahead for the New Year

New Year, New Goals

Making a plan for the new year is also a good idea. Use your planner or diary to insert all important dates for the next 12 months. Create a financial budget, inserting your anticipated income and expenses for the following year, and find areas where you can trim expenses or increase your income. Then, most importantly, schedule in some travel and leisure that slots into your budget.

Other forms of planning may also involve organising a big event like a wedding, birthday celebration, or birth of a baby; commencing a new job or course; moving house or building a new house; or going on a holiday or caravan trip. For some of these major upcoming events you may need a separate planner to start making notes.

New Year, New Goals

During 2018 I have three major events coming up:

  1. I’m going on a caravan trip for 6 weeks at the end of January which requires quiet a lot of planning.
  2. I’m selling my house and building a new house across the border in Northern NSW, with heaps of planning and hard work ahead of me.
  3. My son is getting married in September.

2018 is going to be epic! And for those of you that know me well, no I don’t have any other trips or holidays planned for the year, which is most unusual for me!

So tell me what are your goals or plans for 2018? Do you make resolutions or implement a “word”?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Lyndall from Seize the Day Project
Deb from DebbishDotCom
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
Jo from And Anyways
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age


By 50 Shades, January 4, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

28 Comments
  • Jo Tracey
    January 4, 2018

    I like your word. I’ve done the word thing for a few years now, but this year am struggling with both my word and my goals. I’m taking myself off-site tomorrow to do my setting up of the year/business planning/whatever. I’m leaning towards Health – re healthy body, healthy relationships, healthy business – but also Simplify…and What’s Important. Maybe it’s a combo of all 3…Happy New Year!

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2018

      Health is a biggie. I think that may have been my 2017 word as I really concentrated on fixing up some niggling issues I was experiencing and also losing some weight. I think as we get older our health may be our best friend so that we can enjoy a good quality lifestyle. I just want to try and maintain what I’ve achieved for this year as I have a busy one ahead.

  • Jo@JoSimplyWill
    January 4, 2018

    We have just sold and moved and are also building this year Kathy! It’s almost enough to have just this one goal when it’s such a big one, isn’t it?! Finding your place in a new community, exploring new groups and possibly hobbies are great goals for the year. Wishing you well through the selling, packing, and moving process!

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2018

      Jo I’m not sure that I’m looking forward to the entire process of selling, packing, moving and building. It all seems so daunting at present. At least we’re having a holiday first and then waiting until the craziness of the Commonwealth Games is over here on the Gold Coast. We’re really in no hurry to sell up and move, but will probably get around to it at some stage after April. I feel anxious just thinking about it! #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    January 4, 2018

    Great minds think alike Kathy! We’ve written on a similar topic. I don’t do New Years Resolutions and I’ve stopped choosing a guiding word for the year – though I might revisit that concept one year in the future. Instead, I try and take the pressure off myself. I still like to give the coming year and what I’d like to achieve or do some thought and list some gentle intentions to keep in mind. I find that if I put too much pressure on myself, I freeze rather than achieve! Maintain is a great word – as is balance when it comes to all the aspects of life we are constantly juggling. Trying to get the right balance is hard, maintaining it is a very worthwhile intention. You have a big year coming up with those three major events! All the very best to you for a fabulously rewarding year! :-) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2018

      Thanks Min. Yes I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself this year as it’s going to be a big one for me! At least I have a great holiday coming up and I do have a rough plan after that for the sale of our house and then the building of the new one. I wish you all the best for the upcoming year.

  • Jan Wild
    January 4, 2018

    What a busy and exciting year you have ahead of you. I don’t do resolutions either, but I do have some goals/actions mostly blog related. I can’t quite get my head around a single word for the year, but if I did I think it would be ‘joy’. I’m hoping our big move will bring that on 😉😚

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2018

      I hope your move also brings you a lot of joy Jan. They say a change is as good as a holiday so I hope that’s true for both of us! #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne | crestingthehill
    January 4, 2018

    I don’t do goals or resolutions Kathy because I hate it when I realize I forgot about them and didn’t achieve what I set out to do. I’ve had a word of the year since 2015 and love the idea. My word for 2018 is “Rise” because my 2017 wasn’t that fabulous and I want to make 2018 much better! Your 2018 sounds like it’s going to be great.

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2018

      I find resolutions to be unachievable too Leanne, so I normally like to set a few goals for the year. However this year I’m giving the “word” thing a go. Let’s see how I go. #TeamLovinLife

  • Budget jan
    January 4, 2018

    My word is explore. Both exploring Australia as well as exploring life improving possibilities. You have a busy and exciting year ahead. I know you will enjoy the challenge.

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2018

      Explore is the perfect word for a travel blogger! I wish you all the best for 2018 Jan. #TeamLovinLife

  • jodie filogomo
    January 4, 2018

    And it’s no wonder people “fail” at their resolutions because we make so many in a short time.
    I’m one of those that tries one at a time. That always works better for me. But I haven’t figured out my word for the year, although I might pick “chill”. I get so into everything I start, that sometimes I just need to chill about things!!!
    Happy 2018!!
    OXOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2018

      You and me both Jodie! I tend to get super engrossed in new projects and then lose my steam. That’s why I chose something fairly simple like “maintain”. #TeamLovinLife

  • Denyse
    January 4, 2018

    Wow. What a wonderful and busy year ahead and already you are looking after yourself first to get through. This is admirable. I too have had ‘failed’ goals and ‘words’ so this year I am having an intention.

    Mine will be announced on my blog during next Monday’s link up if you would like to join in with this post. I have optional prompts each week and next week’s is Word or Intention for 2018.

    Being Mother of the Groom is interesting! I have been Mother of the Bride too. One was much more hard work and involvement than the other!!

    Happy New Year Denyse x

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2018

      I think you could be excused for not achieving too many goals in 2017 Denyse after being derailed with your illness. I’m not really setting much of a goal for 2018. I really just want to get through it without suffering too much actually! I’ll look forward to hearing about your intention next week. #TeamLovinLife

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    January 4, 2018

    Kathy, what a year ahead! Exciting projects in such different areas.

    Happy New Year!

    SSG xxx

  • Deborah
    January 4, 2018

    I love your goals. Someone told me once it should be like ‘Lent’ for the religious types – less about taking away than adding. Set goals that offer an enjoyable journey as well as just a desired end destination!

    I’ve never done the ‘word’ of the year thing but it’s certainly become increasing popular over recent years. And ‘maintain’ is a good choice!

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2018

      I’m usually not one for setting too many goals because I’m a serial non-achiever. I start things with a lot of enthusiasm then I lose interest, so I’m best not to get too ambitious. I think “maintain” is a good word for me!

  • Natalie
    January 5, 2018

    Happy New Year, Kathy! Enjoy your caravan trip. Once you break down the work of any major event to 1, 2, or 3 each day, it is less overwhelming and you’ll get there before you know it.

    • Kathy
      January 6, 2018

      Thanks Natalie and the same to you too! Our caravan trip is going to be epic, but coming back to the reality of selling, moving and building a new home is going to be stressful. #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    January 5, 2018

    The word has worked well for me for five years now. Really well. I love that concept and I recommend it to all my clients.
    Happy New Year!!
    Enjoy your caravaning
    #teamlovinlife

    • Kathy
      January 6, 2018

      Happy New Year to you too Leanne! I’m giving the word thing a try this year and I’ll see how I go. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself this year as I have a big one ahead of me.

  • Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project
    January 7, 2018

    Great minds think alike, hey Kathy? Happy New Year to you and may 2018 bring all that you wish for :) x #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      January 8, 2018

      Ha ha yes! Happy New Year to you too Lyndall. I hope all you achieve all of your goals and dreams.

  • Life Images by Jill
    January 7, 2018

    I don’t make “resolutions” but I do start writing events that are already organised into our calendar that sits on our breakfast table to consult every morning. Life in retirement is so busy it is sometimes difficult to keep up – or is it just me wanting to try and do everything now I have the chance! Hmm….must plan an Aussie camping trip. Thanks Kathy for another fabulous post. Wishing you well for the year ahead. I look forward to following your blog and travels.

    • Kathy
      January 8, 2018

      Yes I believe resolutions are a waste of time really. Like you I make a plan and write everything in a diary, because otherwise I’m inclined to forget. We’re heading off in less than 3 weeks time for a caravan trip so I’m looking forward to that. Happy New Year to you. #TeamLovinLife

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