In an effort to avoid resolutions, which I believe to be half-hearted, well-intentioned, easily-abandonable “what-ifs”, this year I’m goal setting. I’m trying to be broad, yet pointed. Highlighting areas of my life that I want to focus on this year but not necessarily set points that can be marked complete. I don’t want 2017 to be another year of well intended resolutions that result in imminent failure. Instead, I’m going to focus on these ten:
- Do one intentionally new thing every week.
- It may be as simple as eating at a new restaurant I’ve been wanting to try or as involved as taking a trip somewhere completely foreign; regardless, I don’t want the year to go by and end with a list of “I should have done…”s. I’m keeping a running list of these new things in my personal journal but I’m sure some of them, at some point, will surface as blog-able moments.
- Be nicer to my skin…and the rest of my body.
- DO NOT BIT MY NAILS. UNDER. ANY. CIRCUMSTANCES. WHATSOEVER.
- This one I think will be the hardest. A chronic nail biter since childhood, I’m going to try, but this one may have true moments of weakness.
- Journal more often! Finish my new teal Moleskine by the end of the year
- And blog more too…
- Find a regular exercise routine that works for my body, my budget, and my schedule
- Leave the past in the past, but readily allow it to inform my now. Don’t dwell in it, grow from it.
- Don’t make excuses for your heart.
- Meal prep every week.
- meaning: plan my grocery shopping and have a set plan for what I will cook. I’m not gonna be one of those girls that pre-packages all 21 meals for the week on Sunday nights. I like my Sundays too much for that. But in effort to save money and slim down, I want to be specific about what and when I eat.
- Read (at least) 12 books for fun!
- Last year’s “one a month” book challenge failed. And that was when I was out of school. Being back in school means less time for “fun” reading. But with a more generous timeline I’m hoping this will be the right way to go about reading more. I’ll be reviewing the books here, as a form of accountability.
Photo credit: L. M. Raitt January 2017.