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7 Things I’m Doing To Prep For 2018

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faux fur jacket, blush ruffle sleeve blouse, black ann taylor pants, nude pumps, and gucci velvet cross body bag

faux fur jacket, blush ruffle sleeve blouse, black ann taylor pants, nude pumps, and gucci velvet cross body bag

faux fur jacket, blush ruffle sleeve blouse, black ann taylor pants, nude pumps, and gucci velvet cross body bag

faux fur jacket, blush ruffle sleeve blouse, black ann taylor pants, nude pumps, and gucci velvet cross body bag

faux fur jacket, blush ruffle sleeve blouse, black ann taylor pants, nude pumps, and gucci velvet cross body bag

OK I’ve said it like a thousand times but I’m gonna say it again…HOW is it the end of 2017?! Another year down in the books, and a new one to prepare for. Crazy!

This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone who follows the blog on the reg or watches my Insta Stories, but I really really really love this time of year and the idea of a fresh new year. I’m a goal setter, a learner, a researcher, and getting myself into the mindset of what I want to accomplish in a new year freaking excites the heck outta me. It always has actually, since I was a kid!

And since I know lots of people feel the same – and want to take advantage of the surge of motivation a new year usually brings, I wanted to write out everything I’m doing to prep for 2018 in case y’all are interested in doing similar things!


When’s the last time you actually sat down to mindfully reflect? As in, go over what you loved doing in 2017, what you hated, where you grew, where you got stuck, who you met, mistakes you made, challenges you faced, projects you killed, impacts you made, decisions you regret, etc. There’s a lot to consider! But unless you’re truly taking decimated time to sit back and reflect, you probably won’t get anywhere with it.

So, I’ve been taking early mornings to do a little journaling that involves self-reflection. It’s honestly a little painful to think back at some cringe-worthy moments of 2017 or when I wasn’t proud of a decision, but it’s also SO motivating and exciting thinking of ways to improve my life, and patting myself on the back for all the positive that came out of2017. I actually bought a new notebook for this practice this year and hope to keep these self-reflections in this same notebook in the future years. Because how cool would it be to look back at a reflection of say a decade, in a decade?! #feels

Cleaning out tech

OK, no fun, but it actually feels amazing when you’re done. Between my computer, hard drive, iPad, phone, etc., there’s a lot of files, photos, all the things floating around on my devices. So just like you would clean out your closet (which is a great practice this time of year, too), clean out other things you use on a daily basis. It sounds cheesy, but you’ll probs feel a lot lighter heading into 2018 – or at the least, way more organized.

A bucket list

This is fun! Y’all know I like to travel, but I got a bit burnout this past year. I’m feeling more rested and am actually starting to crave a future trip, so I wrote down everywhere I’d like to go in 2018. And then once I was done with locations, I kept going with other bucket list items that I’d love to cross out. For example, hosting a Dallas meet up (would y’all be interested??), test driving a podcast, having a spa day, taking my parents on a trip, and so forth. They don’t have to be grand or involve going anywhere, but more so things or ideas you’d like to do in your upcoming year.

If you don’t like writing things out, use Pinterest or something similar to make a bucket list/mood board for your 2018 outlook. I think this is a such a great idea for envisioning how you want your year to look, don’t y’all?

Finding a mantra

OK I’m not talking about anything too cheesy here, but quotes have always really spoken to me. Whether verse from the bible, or general motivational quotes from books or even Pinterest, I love a good quote. And I think the idea of having one big mantra or quote to inspire you for the new year is cool.

After doing self-reflection and your bucket list, you’ll probably notice a general theme that you’re looking to for the new year – whether it’s #girlbossing, happiness, health, not caring about others, hustling, getting closer to Him, whatever – see if finding a mantra makes you feel good inside. Then, I like to put that quote on the screen of my phone and computer and even on a post-it note in my bathroom bc I’m a dork like that. If y’all are interested in some of my favorite quotes, check out my faith board or regular quote board – I store a lot!

Create a grateful list

This is super simple and super effective for going into a new year feeling positive, grateful, and happy.

Simply make a huge list of everything and everyone you’re grateful for this year. Big things and little things. No certain number – just keep going with your list until it feels right. I have this on tap for this weekend!

Make a plan for delegation

I already touched on this recently, but this has been a huge year of delegating for me, and since seeing the instant benefits of doing it, my life has gotten easier. I still have a bunch of little tasks that I want to put on someone else, so I’m writing those out and making a plan for how to get those off my plate. That involves making a budget for how much I can allocate to these things, and then finding people to help.

Having a self-love day

I read this in a magazine a while back this year and as lame as it sounds, have been SO excited to make this happen soon. I truly can’t remember the last time I took a whole ME day without working or doing something I didn’t want to, but to end the year right, I’m gonna do it!!! I kinda love the idea of doing this on Jan 1, but I think I’ll do it right before the end of the year – but that’s not the point. Basically, give yourself a whole day as a kind of personal reset and reboot before jumping into all your goals and tasks for 2018. You can thank my later for this one!

OK y’all, that was a pretty personal post and y’all always have such great ideas to add, so PLZ add anything you’re doing to end the year in the comments. Do y’all do something similar? Let me knowww!

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    Miosotis (miolooks)
    January 4, 2018 at 9:31 pm


    I’m new here! I just came upon your instragram account when I saw your super duper organized pantry on another page and I was curious about you after all your amazing outfits.
    So, I’m not a person to read blog but I found myself reading your post and enjoying it.

    I love the idea of writing down things I’m grateful for because sometimes we get lost in time and forget about the simple things we use to enjoy before craziness come to our life, (in my case a stay at home mom that pretty much stay home most of the time). I’m not much of a planner person but lately I have been found myself craving for some kind of organization of my time, between cooking, cleaning and feeding my day is gone in no time.

    Definitely something that I want to do and need to do is find time for myself and do more things that I really love and enjoy. And last but not less important planning date nights with my husband who I love deeply. I don’t believe in “new year resolution” but I’ll call them my year goals.

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    Taylor Sutton
    December 22, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    OK! a couple of things:
    1. I loved this post
    2. YES to a Dallas meet-up
    3. There is a podcast called “Happier” I think you would really like, but aside from that they just had one about “18 for 2018” that plays off this should you want to “itemize” your action items further!!

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    December 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I loved this post so much! I am going to refrain from making resolutions this year, but I like the idea of focusing on a mantra. Making a list of things I am grateful for is something I will definitely do– a bit of gratitude goes a long way!

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    Emily D.
    December 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I love the concept of pushing more self-love in 2018! With so much bad in the world, it is so important to focus on your own goals and ambitions, and I am excited to do this myself. Not only am I going to try meditation and bullet journaling, my friends and I started a blog to cater towards women in the workplace! Reading this made me so excited for 2018 and what it will bring!

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      Brighton Keller
      December 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

      That’s so exciting to hear! I love bullet journaling. It sounds like you will be having a very exciting 2018 full of new adventures and accomplishments!

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      December 31, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      ❤️ I love this idea. This sounds like something I need to to.

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    December 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Love this post! I too LOVE the end of the year because it brings a brand new clean slate to play with! Can’t wait to use some of these suggestions =)

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    December 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve never been much of a planner, but that is one thing which I’ve started out in 2017. Other things that I plan on doing in 2018 are reconnecting with lost friends and making it a point to make family happy. I feel like these were 2 things I could improve on from 2017. Thanks for this post Brighton, very helpful :) I love the idea of having a bucket list

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      Brighton Keller
      December 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

      So great to hear others reflecting on their year. Making a list of what you feel like you could improve on is a great way to make the next year even better!

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    December 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Great ideas! I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to do a word for the year for 2018. Still deciding between a few but am excited to see how it goes. Would you share some of your favorite journals that you’ve been liking lately? I get stuck between blank pages, lined, prompts, ect. so I’d love some options of cute ones to choose from!

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      Brighton Keller
      December 22, 2017 at 9:41 am

      That’s a great question, I’ll try and round up some that are my favorites. Moleskin journals are amazing though, and I prefer them lined

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    December 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    These are all such great ideas. I plan on sitting down next week and really start planning out 2018. I can’t believe that we are pretty much done with 2017.

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    December 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Hmmm, you just gave me some thought about the upcoming year and what I could do to start it off on the right “tone”. Having a grateful list and a self loving day sounds just perfect to me and something I never had enough of in 2017. Your top and bag are such a great pieces! You are looking so elegant in this outfit.


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    Brooke Butler
    December 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I think it’s so important to come up with a word or mantra of the year. This year, my word was “determined,” and I think it’s really helped me stay on track with my goals.

    xo, brooke

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      Brighton Keller
      December 22, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Love this idea! What a great way to stay focused.

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    December 21, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Awesome list!! I def fall in the same bucket of people who LOVE fresh starts/fresh planners. Also, count me in as totally a fan of the Dallas meetup idea!

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    Alexis deZayas
    December 21, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Last year I made a list for goals in 2017 (short and long) so I’m totally going to add reflecting to that! I’m also adding a specific faith driven goal this year to read the Bible in a year using the One Year Bible. I ordered it and am super excited to start!

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