After ringing in the new year, instead of jumping on the “New Year, new me” train I took the first two weeks of 2017 “off.” I relaxed, I read, I took little day trips. Most importantly, I thought about what I wanted to accomplish this year. Yes, 2016 was a drag for the most part, but a lot of amazing things happened too. I could stay complacent with everything, but I’m ready for more. So, instead of a resolution list I grabbed a beer and started to brainstorm my 2017 goals. These goals aren’t a check sheet, they’re things that will constantly be developing and growing the more I work at them. So what exactly am I talking about?
I want to volunteer more. When I was in college my university put a lot of emphasis on giving back to our local community. It was a fulfilling experience that I realized shouldn’t be for credit or a resume, you should want to help. So, I finally filled out my application and joined the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association as a volunteer. Since moving back home, the state parks and nature trails have been my haven. What better way to say thank you than maintaining and caring for the nature that has given me so much?
I’m going to read more. I’ve always been a book nerd and when exploring new towns I always make a point of visiting the local bookseller. Tuesdays on the blog will now be book reviews, so at least we know I’m reading one book a week. I downloaded the GoodReads app and actually use it too. You should follow me on there and recommend me books!
I want to experience more and spend less. I am the knick-knack queen. My room is overflowing with crap and I don’t need any more. This past year I realized how much fun I have taking day trips even when I don’t have any money to spend. Grabbing a coffee and wandering around a new town is a low-cost but rewarding experience. PK and I also love Groupon deals for breweries and restaurants.
This year I’m going to continue practicing self care and meditation. One of the best things I did for myself last year was setting up my meditation corner and spending my evenings with a mug of tea for deep contemplation. Call me a woo-woo (spiritual?) but lighting incense and meditating during the full/new moons proved to be incredibly trans formative moments in my life and a great way to handle anxiety and stress.
My biggest goal, and the one that will be a constant work in progress, is to work for myself. Currently, I have a job that I absolutely love and can see myself staying at for a very, very long time. However, through my travels, blogging, and meeting so many new, motivated entrepreneurs I’ve been encouraged to pursue my own dream. That dream? To be an interior designer. So, get ready for more design and room tours!
What are your goals for this year?