New Year, New Goals. (2017 Goals & 2016 Recap)

Every year, many of us look at the new year as a clean slate. A change to change something we don't like about ourselves, or our lives. I personally don't like calling them resolutions because I feel like that doesn't allow for any flexibility. Instead, I like to come up with a list of goals. I call them goals because they're things I'd like to accomplish, and I think that acknowledges the idea that change is a process and not an overnight experience (in most cases).

Looking back on the past year, I can say that I have not accomplished all that I wanted to, but I did make some progress. I beat my reading goal of 12 books, and more than doubled it. I quit smoking (something I'm ashamed to admit I even did) over a year ago now. I've done yoga more often, but not as nearly as I wanted to. I have created more - picking up knitting more for example. I've tried being more frugal, and in some ways I have been, and in others... not so much. I have though, worked on getting rid of something in my life that didn't see enough use or bring me joy, so I suppose that's being frugal to a degree! I've definitely tried at least twelve new recipes, but I cannot say that I've volunteered and that's something I'm disappointed in myself for not accomplishing. Overall though, I think that I can say I did fairly well at accomplishing some of the things I set out to do.

2017 Goals: 

This year I want to try working on caring less about what others think of me. I'm definitely an introvert, and I'm also an anxious human, and while it is often irrational, I often hold myself back over fear of the judgement from others, that likely wouldn't happen anyways. This year I would like to try and shed some of that anxiety and apprehension and just focus on my own feelings.

I would like to read twenty books this year. Last year, my goal was twelve and I beat it easily. So this year I'm raising that goal, while still keeping it fairly low. I am a grad student after all!

I want to travel somewhere I've never been. It doesn't have to be super far away, but it has to be somewhere new.

This year I want to focus more of my attention to improving my credit and paying off debt. This is certainly not a glamorous goal, but its a satisfying one. I struggle when I don't see progress quickly, but I'm hoping that over the year I can make some significant progress. This means spending less, or at the very least spending smarter!

Lastly, I would really, really love to work on my ancestry/family tree. I have done some research in the past, but I often hit brick walls. This year I'd really like to take some time to try and dig deeper and figure out some of the mysteries and missing branches!

There is a lot of uncertainty in our world right now, but I'm trying to look forward to the new year and the progress I can potentially make towards the goals that I have. I hope that everyone has a wonderful, and productive 2017!

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