If you read last week’s rose and thorn, you know my 2018 didn’t exactly start off with a clean desk, a brainstorming session, and a list of big goals I’m excited to tackle. I so badly wanted to kick off the new year with all those things and found myself feeling envious of other people who seemed so much more organized, optimistic, etc.

how to get your 2018 back on track

cable knit sweater  //  pearl studs  //  jeans

But sometimes life (in the form of burst pipes, technical difficulties, and whatever is standing in your way this week) gets in the way — and that’s why it’s so important to hit the reset button before a couple bad breaks spiral into a full-blown rut.

There’s so much pressure on the start of a new year and it’s dangerously easy to start thinking, oh well, I guess 2018 isn’t going to be my year after all. So this week I’m reminding myself that today is just as good a day as any other to get organized and make plans that get me excited for the rest of the year. Think about it: if I had a couple bad days in mid-July, I wouldn’t write off the entire year and wait until January to start turning things around. So just because the first week of January wasn’t your favorite doesn’t mean the remaining 358 days can’t be.

This week I’m carving out some time to make a list of my goals for the year and start thinking about career milestones and travel plans that will reinvigorate me. I already have a lengthy list of goals in the form of my 101 in 1001 list (for which I’ll be posting a three-month check-in next week!) but it’s helpful for me to spend some time reflecting on the previous year and setting specific goals both personally and professionally.

For those of you who find yourselves in a similar headspace, let’s all show ourselves a little grace for a lousy start to the year — and vow that we won’t let a lousy week become a lousy month or a lousy year. 2018 can still be the year you get fit, get organized, start a business, start a family, travel the world, or whatever it is strikes your fancy. And whether you’re reading this on January 8 or eight months from now, today is a fine time to get started.

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  1. Mackenzie, I’m so sorry to hear about the burst pipe! What an awful way to start the new year, I’m glad you have such a positive outlook on moving past it though.

    I’m glad you mentioned your 101 in 1001 list. I’ve been an avid reader for the last 4(ish) years and I’ve always wanted to put one together so i finally did! You can find it here

    It’s been so fun reading your blog especially for the last 2 years because we’ve been planning our weddings at the same time! My hubs and I just got married in Houston in October. I’m from Arlington and it was cute when you moved to Dallas because I loved learning about new places to go next time I visit home. I already can’t wait to suggest Will’s mother’s bakery next time I know someone up there throwing a party!

    Happy New Year!
    insta: @whiskersandwinedesigns

    1. Alyson, thank you so much for the sweet comment AND for sending your 101 in 1001 list, which I am so excited to read! I will add the link to the bottom of my list so others can check it out as well. Happy happy 2018!

  2. This is such a great post, I always feel like there is so much pressure to really have your life together and have a clear plan of exactly what you are going to do in the year, when sometimes it takes a while to suss those things out. It is lovely to hear that it isn’t just me who has had a rocky first week in January and to know that we don’t need new year to get ourselves sorted, we can do that any day!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  3. love this post and can’t wait to hear about your 2018 goals!

    every new year, i always give myself a “buffer period” that first week and then plan to get things (goals, intentions, new routines, etc.) into gear on week 2 as to not put so much pressure on january 1st. sometimes that pressure of wanting a perfectly fresh start can be hindering, ya know?

  4. I was so stoked for the start of the new year; I meal prepped a ton before going back to work and scheduled all my workouts for 2 weeks. Then on the 3rd I got diagnosed with a kidney infection and didn’t leave my bed or couch for 6 days. Woof. I’m starting to feel a bit better and am trying not to let it get me too far off track for starting the new year!

    1. I know how you feel!. A Christmas holiday cheered me up after a crappy year, including a burglary and falling down the stairs in November. Then I got flu, followed by labyrinthitis when we returned which sucks. Hard not to feel crappy with the year starting that way. Sorry about your infection, it really does suck. My partner’s birthday is today and I feel bad I haven’t baked a cake or am able to do anything special so I’m going to write off the first two weeks of the year and start fresh next week! Including a belated birthday 🎉

  5. I managed to drop my phone, and subsequently shatter the screen, a few hours post midnight. Followed by an evening at the Genius Bar and temporary separation from my device for 12 hours I was ready to write off the whole year until I realized, perhaps I’m getting the worst over with right up front! Maybe it’s all downhill from here (fingers crossed)!