2016 might have been weird, disappointing and sad for the world for the most part, but personally, I can say 2016 has been pretty great. I graduated University with my Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, I went on a solo trip for the first time to London, I started taking on new small blogging and writing opportunities and I connected with new people. I remember walking into work when 2016 started, loudly proclaiming, “2016 is gonna be my year, you guys!”.
When I reflect on the years that have been pretty terrible for me, it always seems to be the odd-numbered years, I guess its because I was born in a even year or maybe it’s just a coincidence but I’m all about the even numbers. Nevertheless, I’m kind of a strong believer in the idea that if you proclaim something out loud to someone or a group of people, be it coworkers, family or friends…it might just end up happening. That being said, it’s also important to just set your mind to something and do it when you know the time is right.
I’m a little bit nervous for 2017. It’s an odd number, there’s going to be some unfavourable people in politics, I’m still fresh out of school and figuring things out…everything is a little up in the air, but I do think setting resolutions helps with that. It’ll help to kind of set the tone of 2017 and help you get on the right path.
Although it is important to continuously set goals for yourself regardless of the time of the year, for tradition’s sake, here’s a few of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017, wish me luck!
Wake up earlier
I set multiple alarms literally everyday even when I don’t have to wake up before 10:00 AM. It’s ridiculous. I read something online one day of “How to Become a Morning Person” and described how a woman placed her alarm (her phone) across the room, so she’d be forced to get up to turn it off. I mean, knowing me, I would still let the temptation to crawl back into bed take over, but whatever tactic I use, I gotta wake up earlier!
Exercise more often
So many times I’ve said that I need to start going to the gym more often, instead of literally once or twice a week or once every…2 weeks. Yeah, it’s bad. With me literally getting one day off of work each week over the last month, I’ve completely fell off. So, as work slows down, I’ll definitely have more time to workout and reach my goals.
Prepare healthy meals at least 2 days per week
Meal prep. I hope to do a post about this soon when I get a full day of meal prepping. I love the idea of it. I’ve done it before and it is a great way for me to stay on track. When I already have food prepared for me, it reduces my cravings. By already knowing what I’m going to be eating in the day, I crave junk food less because I’m not thinking about what I would want to eat and what sounds good to me in the moment (pizza, burgers, ice cream…). I’m not sure if I’m going to be counting calories or macros, but I know meal prepping a couple of meals for 2-3 days is the plan.
Read more books
Since finishing University I’ve felt basically brain-dead. Work is so mundane and to be honest, I miss the feeling of opening up a textbook or going to class and learning new things almost everyday. In 2017, I definitely want to read more books. Especially educational and motivational books that will really get my brain fired up and inspired.
As I try to job-hunt or level up like so many people I know, it becomes really hard to stay positive. I’ve got to learn to be confident that something good will come my way and believe it. 2016 was pretty blessed and I hope to stay positive about the outcomes of 2017.
Save money for something awesome
I try to budget as much as possible with the income I have. Most of my money goes to school loan payments, some to rent, some to transportation…adult stuff that really sucks. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to do what I did when I saved up for my solo trip to London. I’ll take out small amounts of money per month and save it up for something. Whether it’s buying a new camera or going on a new travel adventure, just a small amount of money or whatever I can afford will be saved up continuously until the time is right.
Drink WAY more water and less caffeine
Working in a coffee shop I end up drinking too much caffeine in the day and always forget to hydrate my body with water. My skin is hating me for it. On top of that, the caffeine is definitely not helping the way my body works. My sleep schedule gets a little weird, and my body isn’t absorbing enough iron (I recently found out that I’m anaemic, more on that in another post).
Give back more often
I love the feeling of giving. I’m the person that buys small presents for people during Christmas even if presents weren’t being exchanged without expecting anything in return. As I watch other people around me use their extra disposable income for their travels and products, I’ve learned that as much as I would love to save up the money I’ve made for travel or something that I really want, I’ve got to give back first. Whether it’s helping my mom out with the groceries or bills or buying someone dinner or donating to charities, I think it’s important to put others before yourself. Go ahead and buy that flight ticket or those shoes you’ve been eyeing, but try to remember who needs your help more often. It doesn’t mean giving back all the time, but as much as possible!
Those are some of my goals for 2017. I hope to adhere to them and I’m really looking forward to blogging more. I’ve got to whip up some more ideas and get to it.
Let me know in the comments what some of your goals are and if you think you might follow some of mine.
Cheers to your health and wellbeing! Cheers to 2017!