No Resolutions, Just Action

1:28:00 PM

If you're like me, you were so ready to say bye, bye to 2016 and welcome a brand new year. There was so much negativity last year for me. Whether it was things going on in the world or in my personal life.

While I don't usually make any sort of resolution, there are certain things I want to be more aware of as this new year starts.
If there's anything I'm bad at it's sticking to things. Which is why I'm not one to make a grand resolution. I've decided for 2017, to make a small list of things I want to achieve in 2017. Hopefully, my list will inspire you to do the same.


Thanks to Goodreads' yearly goals, I've started reading a ton more. In 2016, I read 18 books and hoping for at least 20 in 2017. Follow my progress here. I hope to get through, and add, to my "to-read" list. Any recommendations?


With such a crazy schedule, this one is going to be tough. I want to figure out a way I can volunteer at a local animal shelter or sanctuary even though I am so busy and have a weekend job. Animals mean so much to me, and I almost wish I went into zoology as a career. Donating money feels great, but actually being there and physically making a difference will feel so much more rewarding to me.


I'm a shopaholic and guilty as charged. I really want to focus on being better at watching how much money I spend in 2017. While most of my "extra" money goes to concerts, I am also addicted to Amazon — damn you Prime! Since I have a trip abroad on the horizon, I really need to save for that and watch my spendings. 


I believe in quality over quantity, so while I don't have a Taylor Swift-sized group of friends, I do have a small group who I would do anything more. This year, I plan on making those friendships even stronger. Even if it's just sending a text to let someone know I'm thinking of them. I want all of my friends to know how much they mean to me.


I am not one to boast about myself or even think highly of myself, but I want that to change in 2017. Part of my day job is to inspire young girls through my writing, and I need to start taking my own advice and start believing in myself. Even if it's for little things like being able to drive in a snowstorm — ha.


On the subject of myself, I want to also start being more honest with myself. From how I'm really feeling about things to where my emotions are at. As someone who suffers from a mental illness, this can be tough. But I hope I can reflect on how I'm feeling and how I should or hope to feel.


This goes hand-in-hand with the last one, but sometimes I can be a loose cannon and snap. I want to be more aware of how I'm portraying myself and my emotions. I also want to train myself to stop and think before lashing out or saying something. I am very hot-headed and stubborn, I also defend myself a lot, which unfortunately can get me into trouble in professional settings. 


Lastly, I want to keep writing in my journal. I only had about 4-5 entries this year, but do want to keep writing. It sucks when I feel too busy to do anything but go to work, come home and repeat. I hope 2017 is filled with many more awesome memories that I can jot down.

What are your resolutions for 2017?

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