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My Personal + Blog Goals for 2018

Happy New Year! I’ve always heard that day to day it seems like nothing changes but one day you look back and see that everything has changed. That’s how I’m feeling tonight. All I can think as I sit here is, “How did we get here?” This year rings in our 7th new year together and it is our quietest one yet. Still, it somehow seems completely perfect.

A few years ago we never would have dreamed we would be looking for a little farm in the mountains and spending NYE at home. Never would we have dreamed we’d be relishing snow days, bundling up for 6-degree weather, and living for a view of mountaintops and pine trees. Our big dreams used to include city lights, warm weather, and beach days year-round. Day to day it never felt like much changed but sitting here tonight, it’s clear everything has changed.

Honey and Pine Goals for 2018

We’re happy though; happier than we’ve ever felt before and it comes with an air of quiet contentment. Life has been slower since we’ve moved north but there’s a lot of joy in our quieter life. It’s unexpected, but happy.

A couple of nights ago I sat down with Brandon to talk about 2018 and goals for the year. We wanted to do a “word of the year” together and Brandon suggested the word “cherish” for 2018. It wasn’t quite where my head was but I loved it so we went with it.

It’s our year to cherish – family, friends, time, marriage, life, etc. We both feel like we spent 2017 taking a lot for granted so we want to be more deliberate in 2018. We want to slow down and spend more time in gratitude cherishing the things in our life that bring us joy. I’ve taken that word and used it as the foundation for a few of my personal and blog goals for 2018 which I’m sharing below for a bit of accountability as the year progresses.

Personal Goals for 2018

Do more home cooking

I’m sure this seems like a weak goal but we eat out a lot. Since it’s just the two of us eating out is easy and we opt for it more often than we should. I want to spend more time cooking at home and finding joy in preparing meals for ourselves.

Learn to knit

I’ve joked with Brandon that moving to West Virginia has turned me into a grandma, haha. I want to work on developing some basic skills and this year that includes making fancy pie crusts and learning to knit.

Spend more time outside

In late summer / early fall I started doing more low-impact hiking in the mountains here and loved it! It felt so good to be outside and I want to do more of that in the new year. 

Honey and Pine Goals for 2018

Blog Goals for 2018

Create more videos

I’m not sure if I want to do this via Facebook or Instagram Live or if I want to do a whole YouTube channel. I’m  conflicted and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Be more vulnerable on Instagram

Instagram is our curated highlight reel, right? I want to use the network to be a bit more vulnerable and show you more real-life. I rarely show photos of me because I’m really self-conscious. I tend to show shoes, hands, etc, but never my whole self. I want to work on that and be more open.

Grow my traffic

Of course, this is a goal every year so it’s nothing new. If you want to help me achieve it, share my blog with others. 😉

Happy New Year! I’d love to hear what you’re planning for 2018. 


  1. These are great goals! I totally am aiming to grow my blog traffic too! And, btw, I’m a knitter and feel like a grandma sometimes… (despite being 17!) but I love knitting! You should totally learn, it’s the best!

    • I always love it when I do it but I get lazy and I’m like ehhhhhh, but it takes so much effort! We just moved so far out of town now that’s it feeling like more of a chore to go out and since no one delivers here I’m being forced into it. I hope you find a new love for it too!

  2. I can relate to all of these goals and love the word you picked. I’m so happy that your move to WV has brought so much more peace and happiness to y’alls lives! It has been awesome to hear about your hunting for a farm and all of the talents you are developing there!

    • Thanks so much Autumn! I tried to set goals that felt attainable and that didn’t much too much pressure on me. I don’t see any reason why I can’t accomplish those goals this year.

  3. Love your goals, and especially your word! Cherish everything! I already had a word for the year, or I might have stolen it. I love that sense of peace and contentment that comes through in your writing. My goals also include cooking, learning new skills (bread baking), and blog traffic. Here’s to 2018.

    • Thank you Tammie! 2017 was kind of a rough year for us and we know we need to spend more time being grateful for the blessings we have in our lives. When we visited my parents here in May of 2017 we did feel so much peace out at their property so when we had the opportunity to move here we didn’t think twice about it. I hope you enjoy learning to bake bread. It’s such a fun thing to learn and fresh bread is so much better than storebought. I’m sharing an apple fritter breakfast loaf next Friday if you stop back by. It’s delicious and the only hard part is waiting for it to finish baking.

  4. “Cherish” is such a special word for your year! I absolutely love it! And let me know what you use to learn to knit. I tried doing crochet a couple of years ago and every piece looked the same! Haha. I’m always looking for domestic-y things to try out! I hope 2018 is you year! 🙂

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