Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 - Mika Perry

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018


I am someone that is comfortable with change; it signifies growth and learning. I am not afraid of it and actually feel like I thrive with change. That’s why each new year is always a super exciting time for me.

Fresh year, fresh new adventures ahead!

This coming year especially feels like a very welcome and exciting one.  Not because 2017 was bad; I had a lot of good things happen in 2017 and made some positive life changes that I think will have lasting effects as the years go on. It’s because of how good 2017 was for me. I’m really grateful for it. Because of that, I feel a really strong contentment and happiness to continue the good that was happening and keep moving it forward into a new 2018.

I love a good goal or challenge so setting new years resolutions is totally my JAM. I like to call them GOALS, not RESOLUTIONS, though. “Resolution” for me seems like you are resolving to undo something bad. A “goal” doesn’t refer to your current standing – it’s just where you want to go.

For the past 3 years, we have set new years goals as a family. The kids’ goals have varied from unintelligible (Paige was 1 last year and I’m sure her goals will still be vague) to poignant (Maddix wanted to make better friends this year, not more friends.)  We also set family goals that we want to accomplish together – activities and trips and fun things we can do to connect and improve as a family.

We haven’t done our family goal setting yet – we do that as part of our annual new years staycation – but I’ve definitely thought of my own personal goals.

My personal goals for 2018 are in three areas (I LOVE categorizing things so…)




I don’t know if it’s getting older, or getting wiser with that age, or just being more aware of health (because there are so many good resources on it these days, like all the wellness podcasts that I listen to) that wellness has really been on my mind. And I say “wellness, ” not “health,” because I am gratefully pretty healthy. So my intention is to really take my good health to the next level, to become a better performing version of “me.”

I do have autoimmune issues with eczema and alopecia (hair loss,) which I haven’t been able to link to any dietary or environmental factors yet. But I know gluten and dairy are very inflammatory so while I don’t think I have an allergy per se, it probably is contributing to some negative inflammation.

My goals for wellness this year:

  • Meal prep more salads and vegetable-based meals
  • Remove gluten from diet. Grains like rice and quinoa will still be OK.
  • Minimize dairy to a special treat only (like cheese on pizza night or in a dessert on a special occasion)
  • Take a probiotic daily
  • Go see an allergist and naturopath




I actually had a really big goal in 2017 for fitness that I didn’t achieve  – compete in a fitness show. It still bugs me that I didn’t achieve it, because I’m pretty competitive with even myself and when I say I’m going to do something I do it. But, I DID achieve better fitness this year and really became confident and aware in my own body and skin. And became stronger and lifted the most weight I’ve ever lifted. So, win? I think so.

That being said, the changes I made this year pushed me well into a fitness mindset and I’m ready to take the gains I made to push me into an even more fit 2018. The reason I WANT to be more fit is both external (I mean, who doesn’t want to look better? Let’s be real!) AND internal. I am happier and more confident and more energetic when I am more fit. I think everyone is!

My goals for fitness this year:

  • Do yoga 1x per week
  • Lift or full-body resistance/HIIT 4x per week
  • Run more as my steady state cardio (I’m hesitant to say compete in a race, but that’s something on my mind)
  • Shoulder press using 40lb DBs for a set again (I don’t know why but this is where I have been aware of my strength gains and losses – how much I can shoulder press! I love working shoulders so maybe that’s why.)




I joke with my mom friends about “mom brain” and “baby brain” and that my memory and attention span has been shot since having kids. But….it’s TOTALLY TRUE, yes?? I literally feel like I have lost the ability to focus and remember things and it’s almost kind of alarming at times. Some people say removing gluten will lift a “brain fog” and maybe that’s true and I’ll see how that might change as I remove gluten from my diet. But I know there’s more to improving focus.

Why is focus important to me this year? I mean, there’s the obvious but I also want to just be more PRESENT. And that requires focusing on what’s in front of me – not what’s on my mind. I tend to be a “thinker” – worrying, mulling over things, planning entire strategies and scenarios in my mind; I don’t figure things out by talking out aloud about it. I THINK about it. I don’t necessarily think that’s a good thing.

I want to live intentionally and have clarity in what I’m doing each day. I want to use the energy I have daily to put towards things that matter – my family, myself, my friends, my faith, my creativity.

My goals for focus this year are:

  • Meditate for 30 days straight (I’m hoping this will then turn into “meditate daily.”)
  • Read a devotional for 30 days straight (same as above.)
  • Paint 3 paintings before the end of the year (I want to create 3 abstract pieces for our new home)
  • Pray with my kids every night.
  • Reframe my approach to social media. I don’t know what that looks like right now, but I’m feeling a lot of noise with it and am sure I could take the time I spend on it and direct it elsewhere!
  • Continue this blog. It’s my creative outlet and I love sharing on it just like I’m doing now!


What are your 2018 goals? Are you excited for the new year? I am, and I hope you are too. I hope that it brings you lots of happiness and joy and all the good things out there for you!

I also want to thank you for connecting with me this year, whether in person or here online. Everyone has had some part in making 2017 what it was for me and I am very grateful for it.



Happy New Year!




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