My Goals for 2018

It’s 18 days into the New Year. 18 out of 365. When you put it like that, it feels more than okay to still be ironing out dreams and goals for this year. Right?! I know January is nearing the end but there is nothing magical about January 1st (besides the fact that is my sister-in-law’s birthday πŸ˜‰ ) In fact, I think the first week of January should be reserved for family & friends who are still in town and recovering from the hectic holidays. This year I pushed through guilt and let my self have a slow start. It was very anti the way I normally do things… and anti my Mario Kart strategy.

It wasn’t easy to slow down. I cried. I fought it. and I felt GUILTY. But I knew I needed to change the patterns I was living by. We were talking about goals & life rules and the four categories to focus on are Spiritual, Rest, Relationships, and Work. Last year all my goals fell into the “work” category. And in my life in general, I never focus on that “rest” category. It feels so selfish and unproductive. But after a wonderful 2017 that left me honest to goodness tired and maybe a little burnt out, I saw how much that needed to change.

One of the best things I have heard about goals came up in church over the weekend and I wrote it down right away.

“Our goals should not just be things to do but rhythms to practice”

Oh yes! That is something I can get behind. It was so refreshing to look at my goals with a new lens. One that wasn’t telling me to do more and be more but one that was focused on creating the life I want to live. Using that and everything I have been thinking about the last couple weeks, I pulled out my Cultivate What Matters Powersheets and wrote out my 10 goals for 2018. Honestly, majority of my goals fit under the “personal” category which includes spiritual, rest, and relationships and work is alone in work.


GOAL 1: Daily quiet times and worship music mornings.Β 

I need these mornings so badly. I wake up, eat my breakfast, sit on the couch, and start my day in worship. I want to make this a habit an a rhythm.

GOAL 2. Be part of a church community.Β 

Long story short we have been going to a church we love but not getting involved or meeting people (because we thought we were too busy to.) We want to push into the community and not just attend the church but be part of the community.

GOAL 3: Move to natural beauty & hygiene products.Β 

This is a bit overwhelming to me but I am honestly tired of all the crap I’ve been putting on my skin (and in my body) over the years. As I run out of something, I am going to replace with something new. I know this is a trial and error process to find products that are natural and work but it will be fun! I’ll be sharing all that with you too here on the blog!

GOAL 4: Be Intentional with my closest. Create a quality wardrobe that takes up less space.Β 

I may do the capsule wardrobe or something like it. I spend too much money on clothes and don’t wear them all. I really want to be more intentional about the clothes I wear. I want to focus on quality over quantity. I may sell some of my clothes that do not make the cut on ebay – kind of feels like a fun project. But we will see! hahah.

GOAL 5: Read one book a month for fun.Β 

Being sick at the beginning of the year was not fun BUT I did pick up the second book in a series I started a year (or more) ago and have been devouring it. Oh my goodness – it is embarrassing but I forgot how much I love reading for fun. Not reading screens or blogs or advice but fun novels. I had to make it a goal because I need to make time for the fun things and the off time.

GOAL 6: Prioritize health.Β 

For me this looks like earlier bedtimes & earlier mornings. It is so important for me to get the sleep I need and I want to do that by having my phone not sleep in the same room as me. This also is about having healthy snacks in the house, eating more meals at home, and making sure to get outside/ workout. (I have a tendency to let work trump all these categories but no more!)


GOAL 7: Hire an Intern & see how it goes.

Whoa! Crazy. I need help for Oak + Oats especially with me committing to take time off not working and spending on self care, relationships, and rest. It has been so fun to see how this has worked out, I was nervous about the whole finding an intern process but the Lord went before me and brought one to me! YAY. I’ve never had an intern or employee before so we are both learning but it is already so fun and I am hopeful it will be a great fit and addition to Oak + Oats.

GOAL 8: Get a consultation for Oak + Oats to refine and refocus after a year of “burn out”

It is HARD to run a business on your own and this year I want to ask for help and get help. I am excited to find someone to talk with about Oak + Oats as an outsider and really get some good feedback to refine and refocus.

GOAL 9: Create and maintain a newsletter that offers value

I don’t want an email list just to have one, I want to figure out the best way to engage and communicate with my subscribers.

GOAL 10: Continue growing in photography & our style. Plus adding Video content! (YAY!)

I have grown so much since I started this blog and started learning photography ( look at this old post!) but I still want to keep refining it and challenging myself to grow. I definitely want this to be a photography blog and it is important for me to keep learning and growing. Also Video! Bruce and I are excited to dig into this whole new world. We are hoping to set up a new YouTube channel with some of our videos and just add video content here and there into the blog!

As far as the blog goes, there are some things I want to accomplish but a lot will still stay the same. Continuing with the type of content I have been putting out and making little changes here and there! Feel free to let me know what posts / contentΒ  you love the most if you want so that I can know what to keep focusing on!!

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • Allie Crume

    Wow, such great goals!! And I love finding rhythms to practice instead of just things to check off a list! Looking forward to seeing more in the new year πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much! And yes, don’t you love that! It makes it feel more like life change and less like overwhelming to-dos!

  • Great goals for this year! I’m so guilty of not prioritizing my health so I feel you there. I just scheduled a dentist and a doctor’s appointment this week. I felt so proud of myself!

  • Yes! My goals are very similar. Speaking of natural products, you should check out Grove if you haven’t already ( I’m semi-obsessed with the concept, and you can even apply to be an influencer if you love them, too. They sell everything from cleaning to personal products (all natural), and their mission and standards are stellar. My first box of products shipped this week. Can’t wait to try the honeysuckle air freshener!

  • Love that quote from your church and it’s so, so true! here’s to a 2018 built on rhythms to live by!

  • Dean Ridings

    Wonderful goals! Guess who’s cheering you on!

  • You look adorable in all of these photos! You and your cute KEDS shoes! Love reading all of these! I’m heain yah on the reading books for fun! I’m totally in the same boat and have already started reading Cultivate by Lara Casey (I started and then stopped when I got my new job). I even listened to a Podcast today at work during my lunch break about business! I LOVE the PowerSheets and how they teach us to go slow! It’s so helpful knowing I can read for 10 mins each day and not have to finish a whole book in 60 minutes.

    I think it’s so funny that were so similar but so different also. Exercise is kind of my escape and I am not ever one to deny rest. When it comes down to it, I would say the work part often comes harder. I’d literally rather rest for 7 days straight and I feel 0 guilt (sometimes ha). but often I just need to push through and learn when to work, when to rest. Whenever you come to FL and are near Cocoa, I can take you to Trinity Fitness which is a Christian gym that I work out at. I have a feeling you would love it!

    And an intern. OMG! That’s so exciting and literally my dream to blog and have employees! Can’t wait to heard your thoughts on all of that throughout the year. That would be a great blog post. What they learn, what you are learning, what you and your intern do together vs. separately during work hours.

    Katie |

  • I love your point about pushing in to a community especially in the church. I’ve been in the same boat for a while, and not only in my church, but also in other aspects of life. Just sitting and participating but not being. There’s something to be said about being a part of a community and working to sustain it! I really admire your willingness to keep taking time for yourself in all aspects of the year! Sounds like a pretty wonderful 2018 ahead! πŸ™‚

  • These are SUCH great goals! My big goal for the first quarter is a mix of personal & business… it’s to develop a gentle routine that will help me get closer to ALL my other goals. (Routines and schedule typically make me curl up in fetal position! I don’t feel “free” and that feeling of being tied down to a specific schedule is NOT fun for this ENFP! πŸ˜‚) I’ll probably be unpacking my goals on my blog sometime soon! πŸ™‚

  • What wonderful goals, Beth! #1 needs to be on my list, too! Can’t wait to see how Jesus guides you through this year πŸ™‚

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    Feeling all of those personal goals! So excited to see how it works out for you both personally and on the business side πŸ™‚ And I’m right there with you on #10!

  • Kim Ridings

    Perfect goals! Look forward to seeing how 2018 unfolds for you. You are off to a great start!