2018: New Year, New Hope

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Welcome, all, to the New Year! You know what that means. A new year means new possibilities. New dreams and new hopes are bound up in our new goals. For many of us, a new year means a new chance to start over. With a fresh beginning, we can look positively into the coming year with fresh eyes and a brand new perspective. Welcome to 2018!!

But first, let’s look back at 2017:

2017 wasn’t a bad year for me. Mind you, it wasn’t the greatest. I spent several months in a depressive state and in an unhealthy relationship. However, 2017 taught me so much about myself. I learned even more about what I want and don’t want in my life. I learned more about what my strengths are but also learned to acknowledge my weaknesses.

The beginning of 2017 was stressful and some harsh lessons needed to be learned. But the end of 2017 was met with a much more positive outlook on life – and some wonderful new people who have come to mean so much to me. I finally found my tribe! I might write more about them in future posts.

Parenting in 2017 has had its ups and downs too. My first born celebrated his 16th birthday, which had me very nostalgic. Leading up to his birthday, I often found myself looking over his baby pictures and watching old videos of him as a young child. Watching him grow up has been both a challenging task and a pure pleasure.

Conner just turned 11 but he’s still my baby bear. He still lets me cuddle with him and kiss him on the cheek. For now, he still loves my company and I’m going to take advantage of that as long as I can.

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I had a great break from my blog and just enjoyed spending time with my family. I got to recharge my batteries and think about all that I want to accomplish in the new year.

All in all though, the year has been a good one. So what does 2018 have in store for me?

Better financial stability:

At least that’s what I’m hoping. This is a goal for me every year and while it may not have happened in 2017, I still strive for this and I will for as long as its necessary. I think this is something we all strive for every year. It’s one of those ongoing things. I am learning so much from my internship and am hopeful that it will lead to something that I can be proud of.

I also haven’t given up on my writing either. My focus will be on scheduling time for myself to sit down and actually write my stories. Inspiration doesn’t always come to me when I’m at a computer either which makes this part a bit difficult but I will figure it out. The new year brings new hope that I will finally get my act together in this department.

A New Car!

This is a major goal for me this year as my current car is really struggling to keep it together. I know that in order to improve my financial state I need a more reliable vehicle and that is my goal this year. But first, I have to improve my credit, which is also on the agenda for the new year.

Starting up my YouTube Channel again!

I have been going back and forth with this for quite some time but it’s only been recently that I’ve been giving this serious thought, thanks to a friend of mine who has been super encouraging. Again, though, it’s a matter of time. I have to figure out a day that will actually work for me and not conflict with anything else so I can give it my full attention. Maybe the new year will bring new ideas for me.

But the biggest thing I’m looking forward to in 2018 is…

Continuing to learn and grow as a person! I am looking forward to improving my positive outlook on life and helping others move in the same direction. I don’t know what this new year has in store for me but I do know that, good or bad, I will learn from all of it and it will, in turn, make me a better person. That is my ultimate goal for 2018!

What are your goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments. I am confident that 2018 is going to be the best year yet. Happy New Year everyone!

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Thanks so much for reading!

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35 thoughts on “2018: New Year, New Hope

    1. I think if I were to use a word for 2018 it would be positivity. I have been setting it as my goal since last year to think with a more positive attitude but I really want to continue down that path for this year as well. Thanks so much for reading!

  1. I do love the way New Year gives us an opportunity to reflect and plan. I want to read more books and have a go at something creative. I’m sure that creativity is linked with happiness so I’m giving that a go in 2018! Thanks so much for sharing your post at #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. I plan to be more creative as well this year. I have a ton of creativity in my head but not a lot of time to express it so making time for it is the bigger goal for me this year:)

  2. Happy 2018. I also have a wonderful feeling about this year. Last year wasn’t a great one but this year – loving it so far. I hope you achieve all of the things on your wish list – your internship sounds fab!! Here’s to achieving our goals x #tweensteensbeyond

    1. Thank you! And the same to you! Above all, improving my positive thinking is probably top priority but I also know that will be a year long – and life long – process. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. I am happy that 2017 ended up happier for you, I know it was tough there for a while. I am excited to continue following your journey this year you always inspire me. I plan on making 2018 a continuation of me being true to myself and honest and open about how I am feeling. I hope to inspire others by just sharing kindness and authenticity. I am sure there will will be continued battles with my anxiety and the OCD, but I will keep challenging myself to face those head on. #globalblogging

    1. That’s all we can do Mac. As long as we keep trying and keep fighting our demons, we will be happy. We are responsible for our own happiness. I am inspired by you as well to be as authentic with myself as I am with everyone else. I have a feeling that despite any hardships we might have this year, 2018 is going to be a better year for both of us:)

    1. I couldn’t agree more! Learning and growing is something we humans will do our whole lives and it helps to enrich each step of our lives as we go through each new experience. I find it amazing and I look forward to what 2018 has to show me:)

    1. Thanks for having me! Yes, I think my goals are very achievable. I use to set unrealistic goals for myself then get really disappointed with myself when I couldn’t meet them in the timeline that I wanted to. I would constantly beat myself up over it. But I have learned to take a more relaxed look at my goals and remind myself that even if I don’t achieve them in the timeline I want, doesn’t mean I can’t still achieve them:)

    1. Yes, the trick is getting my credit back on track so that I can get approved for a car loan. That has been my biggest struggle in regards to getting a new vehicle. I’m also not looking for a brand new car either. I just need a reliable used car that won’t constantly need maintenance lol. Thanks so much for reading!

    1. I used to think the negative thoughts before the positive ones too Kerry. It took years of retraining my mind in order to switch that and even now I still get negative thoughts. They don’t go away its just about changing your perspective of your thoughts. It’s not easy to change a lifetime of thought so keep trying. You’ll get there. And that is coming from a natural pessimist lol. Now I’m only pessimistic in certain situations.

  4. best of luck to you Michelle. To be honest, my 2017 ended very very crappy. I don’t know if turning a page on a calendar will help much, but I’m looking forward to a better year ahead. All the best to you and yours.

  5. Great list of goals! I’ve just shared mine on my blog as well. I’m trying to make more ‘concrete’ goals this year, so I’ll be trying paddleboarding and doing lots more walks in the countryside!

    1. I really need to get back into my hiking. I haven’t hike in about six months and I have noticed the subtle changes in my mental and psychical well being. Paddle boarding sounds interesting. I will have to look into that. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. It can be hard to make myself write when I’m not inspired. Or when I’m inspired but distracted by other things. I think my only real new years resolution is always to be more positive and continue to work on improving my positive thinking:)

  6. Good luck with your goals, I hope 2018 is a great one for you and you manage to find time for your writing. The kids grow up so quickly don’t they! I always get a bit tearful on their birthdays, it just goes too fast! #mondaystumble

    1. Oh yes! Every birthday that goes by makes me nostalgic for their younger years! I am hopeful that I will finally get my butt in gear with my writing this year:)

  7. We’re always growing as people, and I always try to be a better person in some way as I get older. Hopefully you’ll keep finding new ways to better yourself!

    1. That’s my plan. I am always striving to be a better person today than I was yesterday. And even when I fall, I know I will always pick myself back up. Thanks so much for reading!

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