Can you believe that the year is about to come to an end! December comes the same time every year, and it still catches me off guard. During all the December madness and shopping, remember to take some time out for you! If you can’t take a whole day this Christmas break, even an hour will do. I like to sit and reflect on the year. Reflect on what went right and what areas can improve. It is time to start 2018 goal planning.
Sidenote: I have some super exciting news! I try to celebrate Chinese New Year every year. BUT this year has caught me off guard. I have my head stuck in planning this blog that I have not thought about any of my traditions.
Until I realized 2018 is the Year of the Dog!! Can you believe it?? Talk about meant to be. I felt called to start a dog blog just in time for the Year of the Dog.
I thought it would be fun to share some of my new year resolutions, especially in honor of the Year of the Dog. Here are some goals that would fit any “goal diggin” doggie mama. Writing out a list gives me that motivation to work hard. Checking items off a list feels amazing! I have a variety of goals below for you all to check out and gain inspiration from!
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Walk the Dog
Get out and smell the roses! This one is first on my 2018 goal planning list. I want to work at getting out and walking with Ryder at least 2-3 times a week.
I walk him daily so that he can do his business, but I want to aim for longer walks. That way I can give him the exercise he needs and get the exercise I need as well. Plus it is great to always take time to spend with Ryder.
Take time to walk your pup. Set a goal to walk a certain distance a day or for the week. Set a time amount you would like to reach before going back inside. Either way, setting a goal to get more fresh air will do you and Fido good.
Dog Park Once A Week
My goal is to take Ryder to the dog park at least once a week. We have pawsome dog parks and off-leash areas here in Whatcom County. If you are local, check them out! Here is a list of the most popular. I love that he can run free and burn off his pent-up energy. I want to aim for a once a week doggie excursion. Another one of our favorite places to go is Paws for a Beer. If you have not checked them out, I recommend you do!
My water intake is always pretty bad. I want to track and make sure I drink more water each day. I will start putting my water goals into my daily planner. Try adding some fresh veggies and fruits to make flavored waters. It helps keep me motivated to grab my water and not soda or coffee. I made a little daily to do printable to get you started, you can grab it here.
It is a Chinese New Year superstition for me that I must get my place in order before the Lunar new year. This sets the pace for the year to come. If your surroundings are tidy at the beginning of the year, they will be tidy at the end. Or so I tell myself.
Let me be honest here, there are a few areas (most areas) in our home that I need to tackle. My goal is to get my space in order and looking great. I know this can take more time for some people. You can plan to work on it over the year. Buy bins at the Dollar Tree, add labels and give items a home.
Earlier this year, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. My best friend gave me a copy to read, and I’m so glad she did. This was a great eye-opening book for me. There is a reason it is a best seller. It taught me a new way of looking at my possessions. If you have a hard time knowing what to get rid of and what to keep, I definitely recommend reading this book!
Do you have doggie items in your house you sometimes overlook cleaning? I overlook cleaning the dog bed somewhat often. I am going to work harder on staying on top of it. My goal is to wash the dog bed once a week. I will put it on the schedule so I won’t forget.
Ryder has food allergies, as well as, some environmental allergies. And of course, dust is one of them. Yet, it can be a great motivator to stay up on my housework. I will also make sure to schedule in washing his food and water dishes. I always give his water bowl a good wipe when I fill it. But I want to make sure to sanitize them regularly by running them through the dishwasher.
We live in a world where a lot of negative and hard things happen all the time. It is very sad and one resolution is to be thankful for all the things I have in my life. Whether it be a roof over my head, a home cooked meal, or something larger. No matter how big or small be thankful for what I have. True happiness isn’t having what you want, it is wanting what you have.
Reduce Screen Time
Taking a step back from the tablet, smartphone, or even the tv. I want to do more things outside of technology with family and friends…. and Ryder, of course. I have been plugging away at this blog. Learning everything I can. Trying things out, writing, and planning. Ryder is sick of seeing my computer. As am I sometimes. I am still working my 9 to 5, which is also in front of a computer. I am cutting my screen time down next year!
Teach Ryder New Tricks
Another fun dog goal is to teach Ryder new tricks! Learning new tricks is fun for your dog and you. I encourage you to take more time to work with your pup and learn new tricks. It is a wonderful way to bond. Read a few books and watch some videos of new tricks. I found an app called Pupper that will help with this. I will talk about it more in a post I am working on featuring the must-have dog mom apps for 2018.
We wish you all the success in your 2018 goal planning. Let’s make this Year of the Dog one for the books! Who is with me?! Leave a comment and let me know what your goals are.