It’s a New Year! Here are our goals for 2017
We’re big believers in the power of goal setting. Not just talking about goals and dreams, actually writing them down and creating a road map for success. The goal setting process itself can be quite inspiring. It forces us to stop and think about what is truly important to us. It gives us focus and direction for the future, both short term and long term.
Tomorrow, we all get a fresh start.
It’s now up to us to create the year we will be proud of. We encourage you to join us by writing down your goals for 2017. Where do you want to go? What do you want to achieve? Even if you just email a few notes to yourself. It’s the act of putting thought into your future that’s most important.
Create a goal, give it a deadline, then get started. Keep in mind, these goals don’t have to be earth-shattering. Sometimes, it’s the small goals that have the biggest impact.
We enjoy looking back at the year that was, but we’re more excited about what 2017 will bring. We choose to publish our goals on this platform because we find it holds us more accountable. It’s also fun to read this post 6 months from now to see how we’re doing.
Your goals should be SMART.
If you haven’t heard this term before, it stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
So, simply saying “I want to travel the world” is not a goal. It’s a dream. To make it a true goal, you must give it a timeline and be able to measure whether you hit the goal or not. When will you leave? Where will you go? How will you know if you hit the goal? The chances of you hitting your goals will be exponentially higher when you apply this simple formula.
Below are our top 10 goals for 2017 with a brief description.
We’d love to learn about your goals, too. Share a few of your goals in the comments section below. Or, better yet, write a blog post or Facebook post and share it with us. We’ll be sure to check back with you to see how things are coming along for you.
How Nicole is going to make 2017 great
(1) Visit 3 new countries in 2017.
This is our ongoing annual goal. Most of our travel these days is to places we’ve already visited (Canada, US, Mexico, Caribbean, Europe, etc). It’s become more challenging now that we travel as a family of four. We now have to consider the schedules of our jobs, school and day care. We have 2 new countries already confirmed for 2017. We plan to visit Aruba and Curacao in early February. So excited!
(2) Have a date night once per month.
Big news… we finally have a babysitter! If you’re a parent with young children, you know how much of a game changer this is. It’s time for us to spend more quality time together. So, at the beginning of each month, we will look at our schedules and confirm a date night. We want to visit the new restaurants that have popped up near our home, so it will be fun to experience a few new spots that we’ve been putting off.
(3) Visit 1 new island on British Columbia’s coast.
We’ve been to a few of the Southern Gulf Islands, but there’s so many more beautiful islands that are only a ferry ride away. We have our eye either on Salt Spring Island and/or Saturna Island.
(4) Increase my Professional Development by getting certified.
I have accepted a full-time permanent position with my organization. It’s a government position, so it took me almost 2 years to get permanent status. To advance my career, I will be attending a multi-day workshop to obtain certification in my field. I’m also taking online university courses to further my education and knowledge.
(5) Dedicate more time to this travel blog each week.
If you’ve followed our blog over the years, you’ll have noticed a considerable decline in activity the past 2 years. Raising two young boys while working full time has consumed much of our time. We’ve found it challenging to find the time to write. There are so many stories that we still want to share with you, so I’d like to dedicate at least 2 hours of writing at least 2 times per week. Ideally more, but we’ll see how it goes.
(6) Go snorkeling in Aruba and Curacao.
I can’t wait to get back in the water. With the boys being so young, it’s been hard to find the time to snorkel and scuba dive like we used too. On our upcoming trips, I plan to get back in the water at least 3 times. Hopefully more.
(7) Lose 10 pounds by April 1st and keep it off by Dec 31st.
Like most, I’d love to lose a few pounds. To achieve this goal, I plan to watch my portion sizes at each meal and focus on eating clean (more raw veggies, less processed food, less sodium, less sugar, etc). I will also exercise at least 2 times per week (ideally more). I already have my gym membership in hand!
(8) Get outdoors at least 2 times per month.
I’ve been spending way too much time indoors. This year, I plan to get outdoors at least 2 times per month. The baseline is a minimum of 1 hour, but I plan to spend more time than that (depending on our boy’s schedules). Activities will include snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking and bike riding. When the warm weather returns, I plan to get off the couch in the evenings and go for a walk instead.
(9) Travel once per month.
We always have a goal to “travel more”, but our ability to travel long-term is simply not feasible at this stage in our lives. Instead of really big trips, we now opt for more short trips and weekend getaways (here’s our simple strategy to traveling more often).
Ideally we would like to visit new places each month, but we expect to return to a few favorites like Whistler, Porteau Cove and Vancouver Island.
(10) Spend less time on my phone by turning it off after 8:00PM.
It’s true. I’m addicted to my phone and I need to put it down more. My goal is turn off the phone after 8:00 PM each night. I’m also going to limit my Facebook time to only 30 minutes per day.
How Cam is going to make 2017 great
(1) Visit 3 new countries.
This is our ongoing annual goal, so it’s similar to Nicole’s goal above. We set this annual goal because it’s tied to a much larger goal – to visit 100 countries by the time I turn 50 years old. We are currently at 72 countries and I’m 38 years old. To hit this goal, I will need to visit 28 new countries in 12 years. Doable, but it will require commitment.
(2) Travel once per month.
Similar to Nicole’s goal above.
(3) Lose 20 pounds by June 1st.
Yup, I’ve gotten quite soft in the belly the past few years. I blame it on having kids, but we both know that’s just an excuse. I will continue to go the gym 3-4 times per week. The big change will be in my diet. No more beer (yikes!), no more potato chips (really?!), no more sugar (you’re killing me!) and smaller portion sizes. I will also reduce the amount of breads and pasta in my diet. Easier said than done, but it’s gotta happen.
(4) Go snowboarding at 5 different ski resorts/mountains.
Similar to my first goal of 2017, this goal is tied to a much larger goal. I have a goal to visit every ski resort in British Columbia by 2024. To achieve this, I must visit at least 3 new resorts/mountains each year. Whistler-Blackcomb and Cypress Mountain will happen every year because they are my ‘go to’ mountains.
(5) Cook 1 new meal each month.
This is more than throwing some meat on the BBQ and tossing a side salad. Every month, I plan to produce something I have never made before. I will find a new recipe, shop for the fresh ingredients, and prepare the meal for our family. I’m pretty excited about this one!
(6) Update the website design for this blog.
I’ve been trying to update this blog for over a year. It’s quite dated now, so it’s about time we gave it a facelift. I already have a new header graphic and WordPress theme, but I need to finally make the transition happen this year. It’s a big project that will require a lot of time and thought. I dread the day we flick the switch, but I know I will be thrilled once it’s finally over.
(7) Complete a multi-day, overnight trek in BC mountains.
I’ve had this goal for years and I STILL have not completed a multi-day overnight hike in British Columbia. WTF?! We live close to some of the world’s best hiking trails, so I have no excuse. It’s shameful. This is the year I finally make it happen!
(8) Visit family in Ontario this summer.
Because we prefer to visit new destinations each year, and we have a limit on vacation days, we tend to forget about visiting family and friends that live on the other side of the country. We often say, “we’ll visit them next year”. But the cycle can only be broken if we actually visit them.
So, this year, we plan to redeem our Aeroplan Miles for domestic flights from Vancouver to Toronto, where many of my family and friends live. We plan to include a visit to Niagara Falls while we are in the area.
(9) Have one-on-one time with each boy at least once per month.
Similar to Nicole’s goal of having date night every month, I would like to have a ‘date’ with Braydon and Connor, separately. We often do things together, as a family. But nothing beats solid one-on-one time.
With Braydon, I plan to take him skiing and ice skating this winter. With Connor, I plan to take him to the movies for the first time and take him swimming.
(10) Read 5 new books this year.
I spend way too much time online. I read a lot of blog posts and sports articles, but I rarely pick up a book these days. I need to change that this year. Do you have any recommendations? Please, share your best picks in the comments section below!