20 Personal Goals For 2018

I’m not a big believer in New Years resolutions.  I think it’s more apporpirate to set goals.  These can be touched on throughout the year.  I also think they should come from experiences or goals from before 2018.  Continuity will help.  These are 20 goals for 2018 that I have.


  • Be protective of my den.  Our family of four should pull together and always have each others back.  I’d like to be a better example of this.  Our children will definitely learn this value, and now’s the time to get a little better at it.
  • Be more of the husband and dad I want my wife and kids to remember.  I often look at things I wish I could change.  Why just wish?  There are things I do or say today that I don’t want to be remembered for.  Why not change to do the things I want?
  • Look out for my/our parents.  Both my parents and my wife’s parents are very strong and independent.  Even
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    so, I’d like to look out for them more.  They spent decades looking out for us (and still do).  I’d like to reciprocate more.

  • Be there when there.  This one is simple.  Stay off cell phones, tablets, and TV time when our family is together.  I definitely want to ‘put the phone down’ more often.


  • Be stable.  We’ve made some changes to add a little flexibility to our cash flow.  This is good and is a safety net for us.  I’d like to make sure we set ourselves up so that money doesn’t surprise us.  At least not in a negative way!
  • Spend with purpose.  We spend money on vacations. To some this might seem wasteful, but we do so with purpose.  These provide memories for us and our children.  This is worth it.  I’d like to make sure that our spending in other areas is done with similar purpose.
  • Be wiser.  I haven’t always made the best money decisions.  Sometimes I take too many risks.  Sometimes, not enough.  It’d be nice to fall more in the middle.
  • Setup a trust / will.  This one speaks for itself!


  • Exercise.  I have done a pretty good job of keeping up on exercising.  I’d like to continue this and make sure it’s steady.
  • Moderate.  As I continue to get older, I see more and more how what you put into your body matters.  When you’re young, it doesn’t hit you as hard.  So continuing to have awareness and make responsible decisions continues to grow in importance.


  • Figure out Pinterest.  I always thought this was something for females.  But I’m seeing that it’s also a great tool for bloggers.  It seems many of the most successful bloggers use Pinterest.  It’s time to figure it out for myself.
  • Comment.  I read a lot of blogs but I haven’t really taken the time to comment as much as I should.  It’s time to change that.
  • Facebook.  I do share a lot of great posts that I read on Twitter.  I’d like to continue to expand my social media engagement by sharing posts, as well as interacting on the Facebook community.
  • Really be part of the personal finance blogging community.  I’ve been blogging for a long time, but I have never really immersed myself in the blogging community.  I participate, but as I often do in life, I am more on the sidelines than in the middle.  I can’t promise I’ll jump right to the middle, but I’d like to move a little closer.
  • Redesign.  I haven’t given Money Beagle a fresh look in a couple of years.  It’s due!


  • Look for internal opportunities.  I have a pretty great job.  I’m good at what I do.  I am well thought of.   Still, I don’t want to get complacent. I have some ideas on how to expand my skills, while not risking the good reputation I’ve built.  I’d like to act on this in 2018.
  • Review other options.  Because things have been going so well, I haven’t really looked at other opportunities.  While I’m in no hurry to leave, maybe there is an even better opportunity out there.  I need to spend time looking to make sure I’m not leaving myself behind.


  • Appreciate beauty.  I want to spend more time just looking around and enjoying the beauty of life.  There’s a lot there.
  • Live for today and tomorrow.  Finding the mix of living for today but also making sure tomorrow is taken care of can be tough.  There are no guarantees, so while I don’t want to do anything foolish and spend every dime today, I also don’t want to get to the end of my life and regret not doing more.
  • Take risks.  I’m pretty hesitant to try new things.  Why? There’s so much out there to do and learn.  Experiences are great, why not have more of them?  I’d love to get to the end of the year and have stepped outside my comfort zone more often.

Readers, what are some of your goals for 2018?  I hope you have a great year ahead!

16 thoughts on “20 Personal Goals For 2018”

  1. Nice balanced goals:) Family is so important and we could all use a little “be there when there”. I don’t have New Year Resolutions, I have an-going goals.
    All the best to you for 2018

  2. I like the breakdown of these by category! This makes it a bit easier to digest I think.

    For the “participate in the blogging community” that’s a tough one for sure. I’ve found it’s easy to spend way too much time just trying to stay up to date. I don’t have a good solution for that, but if you find one I’d be curious. 🙂

  3. These are wonderful goals indeed!

    Not sure if it helps, but I’ve been using Tailwind to manage my Pinterest and it saves me boatloads of time.

    As far as 2018 goals, I set up unmeasurable goals this year, like self-love and health. Last year I was all about numbers and figures, but this coming year, I want to focus more on wellness. You can have all the money in the world, but that doesn’t mean your life is rich.

    • Every time I’ve seen any sort of discussions about Pinterest in the personal finance realm, I see Tailwind mentioned, so I know it’s something I need to look at when that time comes. Thanks for the recommendation!

      Best of luck in 2018!

  4. Too funny, I started my post today with “I hate New Year’s Resolutions, and can’t remember the last time I made one”. I do, however, set goals and challenges, all the time.

    Your list is fantastic. Even better that they’re not resolutions! Great list.

  5. Nice set of goals there! Have you thought about getting more sleep? One of my goal this year health wise is getting more sleep. I was so accustomed to getting an average of five hours a night of sleep over the years that I thought that’s all I needed. This year I started adding another hour and I feel like I can do things way better. I feel more alert, more positive and more energy. I am also more inspired to actually accomplish my daily goals. What a difference that extra hour of sleep does to my body.

    With regards to family (family of 4), we decided on starting a movie night 2x/week at home. We rotate as far as picking a movie to watch.

    • Movie night is a great idea. We actually did this a couple of times over the kids holiday break and really enjoyed it. Family game night is also a good thing to do as well that I’d like to do more often.

      More sleep is always a good thing. Like many, I know that I get too little. Thanks for the idea.

  6. I really enjoyed this post. It speaks to and from the heart very much, especially when you discuss your Family and Life goals.

    As you figure out a way to immerse yourself more in the blogging community also look for the balance, because it gets very addictive. You seem very disciplined so perhaps set up some specific times for commenting, etc. Just a suggestion. Personally I’m not great with finding the balance but I set some boundaries for myself.

    • Thanks for the comment.

      I definitely can probably limit my time because I don’t have a lot of time to spare, so if anything I’ll be struggling to make time available. But I have a few ideas and have been starting slowly with more engagement. Once that’s routine, I’ll step it up probably with the Pinterest stuff I need to add in.

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