January 5, 2017

My 2017 Resolutions and Goals

At the end of November, I began thinking about my goals for 2017. I’m not usually one to make year-long resolutions, but instead, each month focus on a mini challenge. I always think short-term goals are more attainable and often turn into long-term changes. Think about it: how many times have you made a resolution at the beginning of the year and then…oh…forgot about it? Trust me, I’m guilty of this. Every year since 2010 I think “Ok, this year I am going to be more decisive!” Bah! I’ve always been better at challenges (with a goal in mind) so I often set them for myself…but I don’t need a new year to begin them. And either do you! You should start a goal when you’re thinking about it enough to know you need to make a change. And sometimes that time… is now. Just don’t wait!

That said, here are my goals for 2017.

  1. Go to church more. 2016 was a big year for me, faith wise. I converted to Catholicism and spent a lot of time learning about my religion. I went to church 35 times. Call me a weirdo, but I saved all of my bulletins because they are special to me. I counted them the other day, and while I was proud of going so many times, there’s always room for more. I think of church the same way I think of going to the gym; go every Sunday and start your week on the right note. It really sets the tone for the week.
  2. Improve my photography. Last year I spent a ton of time photographing food at work. The amount of burger & frappe photos I have on my computer is absurd. I took two workshops (one on Basic Photography, one on Food Photography) as well as several online courses. In 2017, my goal is to take the following classes: advanced photography class, advanced food photography class, composition, and lighting.
  3. Better organize my time. Time management has never been my thing. I am not a planner. I am a single girl with no children and no pets, honestly where the heck do I really need to be besides work??? Kidding! But that mindset often causes me to overlook how much I really can get done with my free time…so long as I plan it out the right way. I bought this amazing planner and am looking forward to using it this year.
  4. Be more active. I still don’t know how it happened, but when I moved to Boston my drive for fitness fell to the wayside. I’d work out there and there for a couple months but eh, it wasn’t as fun to me. I swear that living in Charleston and having to be in a bikini the majority of the year kept me going. But here, not so much. Last June I quit going to the gym until November! If you know me well, that is crazy talk. However, I’m pumped to say that I’ve joined Barre N9ne, an awesome study right near my work. I’ve been going nonstop since November and am loving it. For Christmas I got a 3-month unlimited package and am already making use of it. I love seeing the physical changes and feeling the mental clarity from exercise. (Psst, I have guest passes if anyone would like to go!)
  5. Make more healthy meals for the blog. It’s no coincidence that when I’m working out more, I eat much better. When I cook at home, it’s a clean, wholesome meal that focuses on vegetables and lean meats. Eating out is another story ;). I’d love to be better about sharing my meals and eating habits. It’s motivation for us both!
  6. Slow down. People always make fun of me because I’m this miniatured sized human being that runs around like a tornado. I try to do a million things, to a fault. Sometimes too quickly. I need to slow down my gust of wind to a nice breeeeeeeze. Relax. Breathe deeply and focus. Probbbbably gonna need to meditate one of these days.
  7. Spend more time with my grandparents. I love my family so much, but my grandparents and grammy are the greatest. My grandparents are in NC and though I was down in July, I am already eager for another visit. My grammy, who lives here in MA, and I see each other often and our lunch dates are so special to me. Here’s to spending more quality time with the people who’ve had such a positive influence on my life.

What are your goals and wishes for the 2017? Do share!

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  • Sheanna Caban

    Wow! I never thought I’d see the day when I would read that you skipped the gym for months. Life happens. Changes happen. Proud of you for getting back into it. I did a barre class once….ONCE. There are odd muscled I didn’t know I had located in the under-butt that barre taught me I posess….But I’ll never do that again ($$$$). This year I need to probably lighten up and stop being so serious about every damn thing. I have a trip to Spain in April and I’m being all serious about that too…I need to cut it out. I’m inadvertantly sucking the joy out things that are supposed to be joyful.

    • hahaah the under butt muscles, yes!! who knew they were there al this time? just soaking up all that cheese we eat i guess. SPAIN! that’s so fun? work or personal vaca? should we start practicing our spanish together? (that was my major) ….good luck with your goals!

      • Sheanna Caban

        Alex’s father is taking Alex, Avory and I (Sophia’s only 6, and, frankly, I want to have adult time, she can go later) to Spain. He goes once or twice a year and has an apartment in Madrid that he rents. This time he’s taking us with him. I need to hit up my Duolingo more in preparation for the trip, but at least I’ll have Alex and his dad there with me to translate. Any Spanish help is definitely welcome! 🙂

      • Sheanna Caban

        Additionally….Your food photos are OUT OF THIS WORLD! I love that you took classes and are continuing to take classes. That is just awesome!

  • hell yes to unlimited packages! i just bought a $70 groupon for unlimited yoga/conditioning classes and i’m already on my 2nd class and it’s amazing.
    pssst – if i lived near you, we’d definitely be gym buddies!

    • that’s a steal! i could use some conditioning classes. my tush is in pain! (in the best way!) and yes, yes, yes…we would be unstoppable.

  • Jen

    Love the goals! One of my big ones is to improve on my photography.

  • Dana Hauck

    <3<3<3 Love all of these!!!! Mine are all pretty similar. Excited to follow your journey Happy New Year 🙂

  • i LOVEEE what you said about going to church. go every sunday and start the week off on the right note…girlfriend, you are SO right. and you know what? this is one of my resolutions…going to church more often. i grew up going to church…even went to a catholic college and attended regularly. we try to take finley every sunday morning but i’m the QUEEN of excuses. we’re tired, it’s cold, i need to feed her breakfast. my boyfriend still goes and we linger back at the house. but i need to stop making the excuses. god is good.

  • Brian

    I love them all. Thank you for being inspiring, uplifting, positive, and for sharing your amazing spirit with all of you. Cheers to you.

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