Goals, Goals, Goals

Donut...forget to go for your goals for 2018!

You didn’t think I’d forget to add a post on goals for 2018, did you? 

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First of all, let me say,

Happy 2018, everyone!

I’m not a huge fan of resolutions. For one, I never keep them–I mean, what’s the point of having “resolutions” if you never live up to them? So, instead of thinking about all those past, failed resolutions–because everyone does–I’m about to list a few goals I have for myself that I’m looking to approach intentionally and successfully achieve.

Who’s with me? 

Take time to dance it out more.

Dance has always been a part of my life in one form or another. I remember being in my first dance recital at around six or seven years old, dancing clumsily to “Puff the Magic Dragon”–and yes, the irony is apparent. Moving to music is probably one of the most freeing things you can do with your body. I’m going to try and make this a goal, not only for my physical health, but for my mental health as well. High-five for self-care!

Eat more veggies.

I know, the donuts fooled you, didn’t they? Well, as my friend Bailey says, “It’s all a balance.” But in all seriousness, I actually love most veggies. There are some that just sound–ugh. I mean, what even is okra? Safe to say I won’t be torturing myself with those nasty, little buggers, but I’ll definitely be trying to incorporate more greens, oranges, yellows into my diet for the year. While I’ll try to cut out some sugary treats from my diet, my main goal is to increase my veggie intake. Any suggestions on how to cook yummy veggies as a side are greatly appreciated.

Take more time to do what I am passionate about.

I’m in graduate school, so getting my MSW is a top priority of mine. And so is fueling my passion for creativity. I’ve always loved photography, but in recent years I’ve found that I haven’t taken as many pictures as I’d have liked to! This year, I am going to hone in on my skills as a content creator and learn how to produce original content that I am proud of and that others can enjoy. I also plan on being more intentional about this blog–I’ve made it a priority to plan ahead for future posts and am currently revisioning my hopes for Oh, Leighann. Stay tuned, friends.


Increase my working knowledge of photography.

Like I said before, I am going to really focus (get it…focus?) on learning more about photography and along with that, learning how to edit well. Perhaps I’ll take a class or just peruse the internet for some new tips and tricks. Speaking of which, check out some of the pictures I’ve taken and uploaded to my UnSplash.com profile. I’ve also gotten a few compliments on my photos lately and questions about what camera I use. You can buy this awesome Canon E0S Rebel T6 kit on Amazon for just $479–which, if you look at all it comes with (tripod, yes!) is a steal. Click the link below to check it out: 

Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, Along with 32 & 16GB SDHC, and Deluxe Accessory Bundle with Xpix cleaning Accessories

Are you a photog? What advice would you give to a novice photographer looking to improve? Share in the comments, if you please!

Continue working on my relationship with God.

Me and God, we go WAY back. And He’s been such a huge part of my life that it’s near impossible to leave Him off this list. Hence this goal for 2018. I’m always trying to connect with God in new ways. Whether it’s through reading His Word, worshiping Him through prayer or music–it’s always a sweet thing when we come together. My hope for this year is that as I experience Him in new ways, whatever challenges, joys and adventures come my way, I’ll remember that He’ll be right there in the thick of it with me.

 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9



Oh, this year will be sweet.

What are your goals for this year?

Or for the next two/three/four years (I won’t judge!)? Let me know in the comments below!


Twenty-something, lover of Jesus. I like animals (esp. dogs), Fun-Fetti cupcakes and yoga. I love God and do my best to love others. I hate too-warm weather and socks that fall into your shoes when you walk. I'm a huge fan of Christian rap and cold, sunny days.

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  • Daiana

    Nice article! It makes me think of which will be my goals for this new year. And of course, to keep them real!

    • Leighann


      Yes, always keep them realistic for yourself–otherwise, we run the risk of letting ourselves get discouraged when we don’t meet those goals. And it’s perfectly fine not to reach them all, because at least this way, you can make some practical steps towards them! Thanks for reading Daiana!

  • Kiana

    Love that God is part of your goals!! Great post =) <3

    • Leighann


      Thanks, Kiana! Yes, always. Looking forward to growing more and learning more about Him. Thanks for reading!

  • Heather @ The Pennywise Playbook

    Great post, Leighann! I particularly loved the Eat More Veggies (I’m a vegan frugal recipe blogger LOL! so I’m a big fan of All The Veggies) and to do what you’re passionate about. I just lost someone close to me and it’s made me reflect, right at the outset of 2018, that life is short, and we should do our very best to do what we love with the time we have given to us <3

    • Leighann


      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of a loved one, Heather. I pray that this time will be one filled with peace and ultimately, hope for the future. Thanks so much for reading, and for the timely reminder! I’ve realized this too, that time waits for no one and if you have a goal or dream, now is a great time to go for it. Thanks so much for reading!

  • Jade

    These are some great goals and it definetely sounds like you are passionate and determined to achieve them! Great post xx

    • Leighann


      Thanks, Jade–I’m trying to do a better job of self care this year, and these goals are one way of doing so! I appreciate you reading!

  • Samantha

    Great list of goals you have! I love you highlighted your relationship with God also because I have recently been trying to get in touch with my faith more also but have no idea where to start or do it ‘properly’.

    • Leighann


      Hey Samantha, thanks so much for reading! Yes, my relationship with God is first priority–at least that’s the goal. It can be hard when we get so busy with life, to remember to go to Him first and always throughout our days. Something that’s helped me has been going through a Love God Greatly devotion series on the Bible app. It’s free and they have a ton (Love God Greatly is the publshing company if you search for it). They are very helpful with getting into the Word and applying it to everyday life. Also, I’ve recommended it before on this site somewhere, but if you’re looking to boost your prayer life up a notch, try searching for the Abide app in the app store or android store. Those have been very useful, supplemental tools, along with God’s Word, to me in my journey to getting closer and spending more time with God. Hope that helps some! God bless you on your journey, sis.

  • Michaela

    Awesome posts! We have similar goals! 🙂

  • Jason Butler

    I love the goal to eat more veggies. I need to do that as well.

    • Leighann


      Such an important, yet overlooked goal! Thanks for reading, Jason

  • Sarai

    Loved this! Many of our goals are similar, especially to continue working on our relationship with God! Thanks for sharing

    • Leighann


      Thanks, Sarai! Yes, it’s definitely the most important goal on the list–even though it’s last. I’m so happy to hear that this year you’re being intentional in prioritizing your relationship with God!

  • Lola

    II am like you, set goals not resolutions. One of mine is also to improve my photography has been one of mine after getting an SLR last year!
    Lola Mia x

    • Leighann


      I got mine last year too! It’s a wonderful camera and I am still learning how to use it with all the functions–it’s been fun so far, and a learning curve if I’m honest. Thanks for reading, Lola!

  • Kristen

    Looks like you have some amazing goals set for 2018! One of my goals is to also eat some more veggies and overall just be more mindful of the food I put into my body 🙂

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

    • Leighann


      Thanks, Kristen–yes ma’am! I am still working on this one. Mostly working on incorporating lesser used veggies like snap peas! Thanks so much for reading

  • Rebecca

    These are some great goals! Some of mine include reading at least 15 books and increasing my savings account total significantly. I’ve also started doing daily devotional to help me grow closer to God so I love that you added growing in relationship as one of your goals!

    • Leighann


      Oooh, yas! Get that reading on, girl. I am also a huge book nerd and definitely plan on reading more over the course of the semester, and not just textbooks. That is so cool–that you’ve been working on a devotion series! Spending time with the Lord was a huge priority of mine last year, and I hope to continue on with that momentum as the year continues.

  • Kate

    Fellow dancer over here! I love these goals!!! I’m also planning to work on my photography skills this year. I bought a DSLR, now I just need to figure uot how to use it 😉

    • Leighann


      Yay for dancers! Thanks so much, Kate–I hope that you’re enjoying your new camera! I’m still working on getting the shots I want and learning how to edit properly. Best of luck to you in your photography endeavors–thanks for reading.

  • Amber

    Your blog just keeps getting better love. It’s so crisp, clean and colorful. It’s truly a reflection of your lovely spirit. Keep going. I’m so proud of you. 🙂

    • Leighann


      Thanks so much, Amber–I am so proud of you too, my dear friend! Thank you for all of your encouragement and support.

  • Anastasia Nicole

    Awesome goals. I’m working on making space to reconnect with and follow my passions. It doesn’t have to be much but a few minutes here and there is helpful.


    • Leighann


      You’re so right, Anastasia–even just a few hours a week is good enough to put some spark back into your creative space! Thanks so much for reading, and best of luck to you as you continue on your creative journey.

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