How We-Wednesday {Plan Goals and Resolutions for the New Year}

Hey Friends!

Today, Shay and I are hosting our first link-up of 2018!  I’m so excited about today’s link-up for so very many reasons…

1. I LOVE the start of a new year especially when I’m adding new link-ups, new traditions, etc.

2. I LOVE reading about YOUR new goals and resolutions.  You guys are always giving me the best ideas, so I have no doubt something you say will trigger something for me.

3. I LOVE the idea of a blank slate every year in January.

4. I LOVE a link-up.  🙂


Let’s get started-Today we’re sharing HOW WE do our goals and resolutions for a new year.

{And I hope YOU share too!  This link-up is all about learning from each other.  I’m hoping you can take something away from what I share and I’m hoping I learn something from what you share-whether it be in a blog post or comment!}

The new year always inspires me to start fresh.  I’m pretty sure my word last year was simply BETTER.  I wanted to strive to do everything a little BETTER in 2017.  I can’t say I accomplished that every day in 2017, but I did my best and that’s what it’s all about.

This past fall I was talking to a neighbor.  Her husband travels for work and she told me one of his friends had recently lost his mother so her husband was going from his business trip and then traveling across the country to be at the funeral.  Just listening to her talk about his travel sounded exhausting, but I was so inspired by her husband JUST SHOWING UP.  I have no doubts her husband’s friend felt so much love by knowing this friend traveled far and wide to be there.  He JUST SHOWED UP.  And it stuck with me.  I want my friends, my family, and my people to know that no matter how exhausted I am-if you need me, I will SHOW UP.  I’ll be there.

Last year observing my girlfriend, Manda, in the throes of her sickness this also stood out in the forefront of my mind.  As a friend, as a family member, as a neighbor-her family just needed us to SHOW UP.  They needed to see us loving them through meals, goodies dropped off, through prayer, and simply being there.  

So that’s my big theme for 2018…SHOW UP.  And I hope I can strive for my 2017 theme again as well.  😉


When it comes to goals and setting resolutions, I might be the only one in the world that does this, BUT I’m gonna share it anyway.  I feel like I need to read all the books, get all the calendars/organizational supplies, and THEN get myself organized.  Anyone else?

For example, this year I heard from several people I should read these three books…

They just recently arrived and I’m so excited about jumping in to use these to help me keep my calendar balanced and my home clutter free.  Has anyone read these??  If so, what did you think?

This is also the time of year I get CRAZY organized.  Every meal is written down in my Erin Condren, every practice, game, meeting, and event we have is in there as well.

I have a separate calendar I use for all my blogging things.  Typically, I just use a month-to-month calendar for that, but this year I found this cute Bando planner on major sale and decided I’d give it a go.  So far, I’m loving the extra pages to keep ideas jotted down for upcoming months.

And you should know when you travel back to back over the winter break with your kiddos and return home with ALL THE LAUNDRY even on January 10th you aren’t completely caught up on the laundry.  #thatsmybiggoal

I do my best to set realistic goals.  For example-healthier meals in January.  That’s super realistic.  But no carbs for the month of January is not.  #mamaneedsacarbortwo

You know how at the beginning of the school year you’re packing a fruit, a vegetable, a meat, and a dairy for your kiddos’ lunch and by Christmas you’re just hoping they have more than two bags of chips?  January is when you can push that restart button and start over.  And doesn’t it feel good?!

Trust me…I have all kinds of things I can be working on, but I try my best to make my goals realistic and achievable.  And when you hit them, man it feels good.  Doesn’t it?

*Healthier Meals
*Consistent Bedtimes (toward the end of the year we slacked and let our kiddos stay up later)
*Homework Finished at Beginning of Week (again we started slacking and the kiddos need to get homework done early in the week)
*More Work Outs
*Lots of Water
*Read More

These are just several of my goals for our 2018.

That’s what I’m working on this year….making sure my people know I’ll SHOW UP, getting all organized, caught up on the laundry by January 12th {ha!}, and my goals this year are all realistic.

I’m not sure what your striving for in 2018, but I hope you’re making your goals realistic and you achieve them!

Please share what you’re aiming for this year….do you have a theme for the year, new goals, or resolutions??  Maybe it’s something that will inspire us all.  We’d love to hear!

And bloggers please join us next month when we share HOW WE take care of ourselves.

Have a great day, ladies!


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  1. 1.10.18
    Good Better Best Food said:


    Better is such a great word. We can all live Better, love Better, do Better. It's why is it a focal point of my blog.

    Thanks for this great link up!


  2. 1.10.18
    Deanna said:

    Emily Ley's books are life changing! I can't wait to read your thoughts after you finish them! Happy New Year!

  3. 1.10.18
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    I would just like to say that I already think you're fantastic at "showing up". xo

  4. 1.10.18
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    Love this post! Cheers to a fabulous 2018.

  5. 1.10.18
    Anonymous said:

    Yes, agree with Shay. ❤️ I love that though! Great goals, friend! Also, I'm reading that 31 days book this month as well and just ordered Emily Ley's book. Great minds!

  6. 1.10.18
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I agree with Shay. You are a friend that ALWAYS SHOWS UP. In fact, you inspire me to SHOW UP more!

  7. 1.10.18
    Design by Sydnee said:

    What a great word for a new year: we can always strive for 'better'!

    Design by Sydnee | A Lifestyle Blog

  8. 1.10.18
    Whitney Pegram said:

    These are great goals!!

  9. 1.10.18
    Paula said:

    "Show Up" I LOVE IT!

  10. 1.10.18
    Parnell's Pantry said:

    Show right you are! It is amazing what a little support can do for a person. How nice would it be if we all just did a little something now and again for a friend/family member/neighbor "just because?" Many people show up in times of crisis, but then disappear..stay in a person's life and surprise them once in a while with a random act of kindness. Happy New Year!

  11. 1.10.18
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    I need to read those books! I keep hearing about A Simplified Life. I think my word for this year should be yours from last year. I just want everything to be better this year. We'll see!! That Inspired Chick

  12. 1.10.18
    azbaby24 said:

    Erika, you must take a pic of your meal page and share!!!

  13. 1.10.18
    Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said:

    I read that book, but what I'm learning through reading about decluttering and organizing is that it's the same thing over and over, as long as you do it. Hence my #actionoverperfection. If you're a doer, then this book is a good guide to decluttering, but I always find myself starting off strong and then never having time to finish 🙂 I'm with you on decluttering though. This will be the year of purging as we can now sell or donate our baby stuff as soon as she's done with it. And our garage. I'll have to do a before and after…you'd be shocked…almost like a Hoarders episode…waiting for Ryan do be done reffing so we can clean it out.

  14. 1.10.18
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    That Emily Ley book is fantastic! She has inspired me to declutter and simplify my entire life!

  15. 1.10.18
    Full Time Wife Life said:

    Love it! Yesterday, I was reading in Job chapter 2, and I was so inspired by the fact that his friends showed up in his sorrow and mourned with him for days. I immediately thought “I have those friends, but am I that friend?”. I plan to “show up” this year, too.

  16. 1.10.18
    Cathy's World said:

    Show up!!! I've always been that person. My beautiful mom passed away a few days ago and no one showed up. No meals, no flowers! Everyone was so kind on Facebook and kindly said, if there is anything I can do let me know. I thought that was really sweet, but I'm not gonna ask. I have always been the type that just shows up with a meal or just a shoulder to cry on. I think that's the most important thing a frien or relative can do.

  17. 1.10.18
    Lauren said:

    I have not read any of those books but I DO really want to check out the two by Emily Ley. I hear good things. Good luck with all of your goals – I love the idea of SHOWING UP. My big word for the year is Adventure; a lot of my other goals kind of fall under that idea.


  18. 1.10.18
    Unknown said:

    Oh my goal for years, organized & clutter free

  19. 1.10.18
    Jeanelle said:

    Love your blog – this is my first comment 🙂 I love your "show up" plan. I heard someone from my church speak once and he said if someone is drowning, do you call out to them and ask "hey let me know if I can help you." No…you jump in and save them. So that has always stuck with me when someone is sad or sick or in need…I think "jump in." (which goes along with the comment from Cathy's World above which makes me so sad. Hopefully her example of always jumping in or showing up will eventually rub off on her friends/family.)

  20. 1.14.18
    The Teacher's Lane said:

    In my opinion, Grace Not Perfection was ok. It has a lot of good points. But at he same time, I'm not one to be overly concerned about appearing to "do it all" or having everything be perfect and Pinterest worthy. So a lot of it fell a little flat for me. I think it just depends on your personality type.