A lot of people had a lot of beef with 2017. And to their credit, many of them had a truly crummy year so I can totally understand them giving it a swift kick and ringing in 2018 with new hope and a “See ya never, 2017!”. My year was, a bit bipolar. There were several very high points, a couple of really bad moments, and a lot of meh in-between. I too, am hopeful for a more awesome 2018.

I’ve been doing some reflecting on the high, low, and everything in-between lately and have come to the conclusion that each awesome thing that “happened” in 2017 was not something that happened by accident but that was purposeful and that I put effort into. Let me explain.

2017 Bestie Reunion

I had so much fun (even though I was getting over being very sick) reuniting with my best friends even for just a few days in May. But this did not happen by accident. There was much comparing of schedules and purchasing of plane tickets and planning of adventures. Full disclosure: most of our “adventures” consisted of sleeping late, drinking coffee/wine, and shopping at the outlet mall near my BFF’s house. #lifeat31


Oh yes, that time that I rode nearly 400 miles across Iowa during the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. This certainly did not come about by happenstance. Especially, since we did it with a two year old and my parents in tow. Well, actually they did the towing of our belongings and our child from city to city each day. But pulling this off took a lot of planning and effort for all parties involved! And obviously a lot of effort to actually pedal my bike 50+ miles each day!

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks Road Trip

11 days, over 2700 miles, 4 National Parks. This one actually took less planning than you may think. The hardest part was finding when we would both be able to take so much time off work. Then our efforts were nearly derailed by the fact that we got our orders to move to Texas shortly before our trip. Even though we would not be leaving Nebraska until December, we weren’t sure if taking such a long trip was a good idea or whether we should stay home and begin the process of selling our house, finding housing in Texas, and everything else that comes with moving your family halfway across the United States. Anyway, we went. It was amazing! We slept in a tent, washed clothes in a river, and saw some of most amazing scenery I’ve ever been privy to.


So as I was thinking back on this last year and pondering what kind of year I want to have in 2018, I came to one very simple conclusion. All of the good things in 2018 will be things that I make happen. I will not have a clean house, lose weight, or become a better baker by simply sitting around waiting for those things to happen to me. I am a great maker of lists but often get perfection paralysis and talk myself out of a project, hobby, or interest before it has really started.

To that end, I am not going to beat myself up for not having a perfect post ready for today. Nor am I going to berate myself for the fact that I have let this blog go by the wayside for the last few months. Instead, I’m going to finish this post (perfect or not) and move on to the next one. This year, I’m going to do my best to try and do the things that I want to do without letting perfection paralysis get the best of me.


What do you want for 2018?

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