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2017 Goals

I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions. I never stick with them. By the time March rolls around I’ve forgotten all about them. After looking back at 2016 I realized there are things I’d like to work on changing this year so I decided to set a few goals for myself.

Get Healthier

Last year I started taking steps towards getting healthier. I want to continue working on that. High blood pressure and diabetes run in my family and I realize I really need to start taking better care of myself. I cut back on the sodas and sodium last year, this year I want to work towards cutting back on the sweets. This is a tough one for me because chocolate is a weakness of mine. I also want to exercise more. This is my hardest goal because I’m going to have to work hard not to fall back into old habits.

Try New Recipes

I have a bunch of cook books and I’m always saving recipes but I seem to cook the same things over and over. I want to push myself to try and cook at least one new thing a month.

Write More

When I was younger I loved to write. Most of the time you could find me scribbling in a notebook writing poems and short stories. I even kept a journal from 1st grade through my early 20’s. Somewhere along the way I just stopped. I feel like I lost a part of myself when I did and I’d really like to get it back. This year I want to take the time to write, even if it’s just a paragraph a month in a journal.

Paying off Debt

Unfortunately being an adult comes with the responsibility of bills. Last year my car made a few trips to the shop to be fixed, which I paid for with my credit cards. My goal is to have it paid off by the end of the year.

Reading Goals

I thought it would be fun to challenge myself with a few reading goals as well.
– Read a book by a new author.
– Read something published this year.
– Read a biography/memoir.
– Read a genre I wouldn’t normally read.
– Finally finish reading It by Stephen King.

I’m going to try my hardest to reach every one of these. I’ll update on my progress and let you guys know how its going.

What are your goals/resolutions for 2017? Comment below and let me know how they are going so far.

2 Responses to “2017 Goals”

  1. Shannon

    I never make resolutions because I never see them through. Probably because I feel pressured. We both share all of the same goals though. Last year I made some changes to my diet which included cutting back on coffee. I was never much of a soda drinker. In fact, I probably have soda maybe once a month, if that. I started doing yoga in the mornings and sometimes before bed to help me relax. It relieves stress. I do want to exercise more even though I feel I get enough everyday just doing the things I do daily. Your resolutions seem reasonable enough and I believe that if you stick to them, they’re achievable. I love your book reading goals btw! I think I may try something along those lines. I typically seem to stick with romance/fantasy novels but I admit that I teetered off into crime novels and was quite surprised at how well I enjoyed it. You should check out “The Stranger Beside You,” by William Casey Moreton. I wrote a review about it on my site at some point. It was really good.

    • Arlene

      Surprisingly I’m off to a good start this year. Changing my diet is going to be a gradual change. I realized that if I try to do it all at once I’ll get discouraged and give up, so I’m taking small steps.

      I’ve wanted to try doing Yoga for awhile now, I just haven’t found a dvd/blu-ray or place that hasn’t completely intimidated me.

      I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump and I’m starting to think it’s because I keep staying in my comfort zone and I’m bored. I’ll definitely check that book out. Thanks for recommending it!

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