A year with a toddler feels both so short and so long at the same time.  I thought with the beginning of a new year, I’d take a trip down memory lane and recap our 2017.  I’d also like to share with you some goals I’ve made for 2018.  I’m hoping you can help hold me accountable!

We traveled to…

We celebrated…

My favorite posts to write were…

My goals for 2018…

Be more present by being on my phone less.  I downloaded a great app called Moment to help me track time spent on the phone each day.  I am setting a personal goal of less than 2.5 hours on the phone every day.  That seems like a lot of time, but y’all! – The average young adult spends five hours on their phone each day!

I’ve turned off a lot of notifications (something I’ve talked about before), and I’m trying to keep my phone out of my bedroom, since I often find myself scrolling the social feeds when I’m tired rather than reading or just going to sleep.  I used to use my phone as an alarm clock, but after this study came out, I ordered this vibrating alarm clock to use instead.  I’ve been using it for almost a month now and have been really happy with it!

Read more nonfiction.  I read a lot of books in 2017 and roughly a third of them were nonfiction.  I’d like to bring that ratio closer to 50:50 by alternating back and forth between fiction and nonfiction.  I have sooo many fiction books on my To-Be-Read shelf, but not as many nonfiction.  Please share your recommendations for educational, but still exciting, nonfiction reads!

Run another half marathon!  The last half marathon I ran was the Disney Princess Half the week I found out I was pregnant.  Strangely, I was sick all weekend except for during the race – morning sickness is so weird!  I miss the tired legs and sense of achievement I only feel after finishing a long run.  Chatham and I signed up for the Seaside Half Marathon, which is coming up on March 4.  This will be his first half marathon and my first since having a baby, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Get back in the swing of meal planning.  I used to be great about meal planning and even wrote a post about how I do it.  Over the last few months, with the holidays and with Carla May needing so much attention, meal planning has fallen by the wayside.  I always feel better about my day when I know what we are having for dinner, so I’d like to get back in the routine of planning and prepping our meals at the beginning of each week.

Keep coming up with new ideas for Hello Marilu.  Blogging has been such a fun creative outlet for me this year, and I wish I had started years ago!  Documenting our lives and sharing things I care about with you brings me so much joy.  I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone by shooting style posts, getting accepted into liketoknow.it, and sharing personal stories.  I have learned so much about blogging and so much about myself. Thank you for your support and encouragement!

Outfit Details: scrunchie (similar), pullover (same style different color), leather leggings, tennis shoes, baby romper, baby jacket (similar)


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Looking forward to a wonderful 2018!