2018 Goals Check-In


We are one month into 2018 and I have been doing my best to stick to my goals. I have been eating better (most of the time) and started training for the half marathon. There are still things to improve, of course, which is why I’m doing a goals check-in. I’m not sure yet if I want to do this every month or not but I think this will help me stay on track and continue to focus on what I want to accomplish this year. Plus, we can all do it together. What do you think?

Here is the link for my original 2018 goals post.



  • Work out at least 5 days a week. I have continued to work out but I have not reached 5 days a week. I’ve been feeling a cold coming on, so I’ve taken a step back from my workouts. My goal for February is to stick to 5 days a week.
  • Finish the Berlin Half Marathon at my fastest pace or finish as a PR (personal record). The training runs have officially started and have felt pretty good. I am definitely faster than my marathon training runs from 3 years ago, which I attribute to weight loss and strength training. I think I am well on my way to meet this goal!
  • Add yoga and pilates to my routine. Half check. I started doing Pilates on Thursdays and I love it! I wanted to do yoga on Mondays but I think I am going to switch it to Sundays for after my long runs. I know that yoga will help me feel longer and be a great way to unwind after 10+ miles. I used to have some yoga DVDs but they didn’t make the move, so I’d love to hear your favorite yoga YouTube channels.
  • Stretch after each work out. A big fat yes! This is huge for me. I hate stretching and hardly ever did it, if I’m being honest. I have made a conscious effort to stretch after each workout and am falling in love with my foam roller.


  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. Half check, again. I have definitely been eating more fruits but need to be better about vegetables.
  • Start the day with Greek yogurt or a smoothie. On working days, I usually have a Greek yogurt, which has been nice. It definitely keeps me full but want to get better about smoothies. I have read all kinds of recipes online and just haven’t done it. I think the noise in the morning is turning me against it!
  • Make my snacks nutrient-rich. True! I have started having almond butter with rice cakes or peanut butter in a tortilla as snacks. Sometimes I will have an apple or some citrus fruit. I do find myself reaching for a bag of chips less.
  • Find and stick to a skin care routine. I recently purchased a toner and Vitamin C cream and have been using it for about 4 days. So far I like it but don’t know if I’ll stick to it yet, just depending on how my skin looks after a little while longer.
  • Continue to take my vitamins. Easiest thing ever. I moved my vitamins next to my bed and it has made a world of difference. I have not missed a day in 2018!

Travel is a big goal for this year and I am so looking forward to our upcoming trips. We are going to Barcelona in February and I can’t wait! Slowly but surely checking off that bucket list!


  • Read my devotional every morning. Epic fail. I have not done this one at all. I think I need to move my devotional to my bedroom and not in the living room. Each day’s devotion is not even a page, so I have no excuse.
  • Figure out a savings plan for a house down payment. Does looking up houses religiously on realtor.com count? No?
  • Read at least 12 books. Well on my way! I’ve already read three books this year.
  • Journal more. Another one I haven’t really started. I have plenty of notebooks, I should combine this with my devotional.
  • Speak more German in the office. Ja! I am happy to report that I have been speaking German more in the office and I can feel an improvement. I feel less insecure about my speaking abilities, for sure.


  • Have 1,000 page views per month consistently. I HIT OVER 1,000 PAGE VIEWS IN JANUARY!! Thank you so much for reading and helping me continue to hit this goal. It’s only been one month but I think I’m on a roll.
  • Create an expat highlight series. Still working on this one. I want it to be well prepared, so I keep working on it and then leaving it.
  • Get back on Twitter. Nope. Just can’t get into it. Any tips?
  • Write at least half of my book. I’ve started an outline!!
  • Write consistently and quality content. I feel extremely proud of the posts I’ve done so far in 2018. I am doing my best to editorial plan and put more of myself into the posts. Being personal is vulnerable and scary, but these are the posts where I get the most connection and pride afterward.

Well it appears I have a lot to work on in February. My main takeaways for next month are to work out more, start making smoothies and read my devotional. Those are my top 3.

What top 3 things do you want to accomplish in February?

A check-in on the goals for 2018

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