Happy New Year, everybody! It feels like everybody has done some reflecting on 2016 and set some goals for 2017, and I’m no different. However, I didn’t want to set time-bound resolutions. I set goals or intentions for myself for the year so that I end 2017 as a better person than I was when 2016 ended. Above is the instagram photo I shared, but I’m going to go into depth a bit here about each one:
Spend more time with those I care about.
As an introvert, I’m most comfortable spending time at home with Mike, the dogs, and Chalupa or spending time with my brother. I’m content not going out with friends and would be perfectly okay to not hang out all year. However, I know that my friends appreciate spending time with me and I need to make more of an effort to hang out sometimes. I always post things on Facebook like “we should hang out sometime”, but it never comes to fruition. It’s time to spend some time out in the real world.
Get out of my comfort zone.
This ties into my previous goal, but there’s also another side to it. I want to push myself more this year and take more risks. I want to face problems as they arrive, not put them off until they’re too big to handle. I want to do silly things like hang Christmas light clips on the edge of my roof even though I’m terrified of heights. I want to do things for myself and not worry about what others may think of me.
I want to finish writing a novel that I started in 2003 and not rewrite it for the zillionth time. Then I want to self-publish that thing and put it up in the Kindle store and just let it loose into the world without worrying about it anymore. It’s very vulnerable to put something close to my heart like that out on the internet, but if I don’t do it, I never will.
Live in the moment.
My depression forces me to dwell on things that already happened, and my anxiety makes me worry about things that haven’t happened yet. I want to end that constant internal battle and live for now. There are things that have happened in the past that I cannot change and worrying about future occurrences keeps me from enjoying life. It doesn’t mean I won’t plan for the future and reflect on things in the past, but I won’t let them control my life anymore.
Be the best version of myself.
I am worth it. I am enough. I shouldn’t prevent myself from being the best me I can be.
Live a more physically and emotionally healthful life.
This goal focuses on healthful eating, fitness, and emotional health, all things that I need to improve upon. I’m focusing on eating things that make me feel good (and don’t just taste good), developing fitness habits, and working through my depression and anxiety.
Become more financially independent.
We have a lot of debt, as many other people do. I want to focus on reducing spending and knocking some of that debt down. I know we won’t get through all of it or even a huge chunk of it, but any little bit helps.
Reduce physical and emotional clutter.
I always find myself with physical clutter and too many things that I don’t use. I want to get rid of those things this year because I have found that excess physical clutter leads to emotional clutter.
Never stop improving.
I started taking a Spanish class back in August because I forgot all of what I learned in high school, and I want to become nearly fluent in the language this year. I want to improve my sewing skills. I want to write more often. I want to be a better teacher. I want to have a healthier body inside and out. I want to take small steps to improve my life almost every day of the year.
What are your goals for 2017?
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