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2017 Goals Update

DG-2017 Goals Update

You guys. This year is absolutely flying by! With the realization that May is almost here also comes the reminder to get serious about my goals. As promised, I’m here to check in with an update on my goals for 2017. To be honest, I’m not as far along in these goals as I would like to be at this point in the year, but my mantra is “progress over perfection”. Hopefully, you read my 5 Goals for 2017 post at the end of last year. If not, here’s a quick recap & update of my top 5 goals this year:

    1. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week – Exercise took a hit at the end of February/early March when we went on vacation. I wanted so badly to stick with it, but I got a little slack. Thankfully, I rediscovered my motivation and have been finding new ways to get those 30 minutes of exercise in. I walk with a few ladies from work several days a week and it has been a great way to stay accountable!
    2. Read 20 books – At this time, I’ve read 4 books. I’m in the middle of 2 others right now. I’m trying to balance nonfiction with fiction which may be why I’m reading at a slower pace than I would prefer. I plan to spend more time reading on the weekends.
    3. Try 10 new recipes – I must admit, I have not been pursuing this goal at all. Writing this post reminded me to hold myself accountable, so I planned a new recipe for one of our dinners this week!
    4. Practice photography – Other than taking photos for a few recent blog posts, I have not dedicated time to practicing my photography. I’m still looking for an e-course that can challenge me with creative photography. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
    5. Listen – This may be the most difficult of all my goals. I do struggle to listen intently, so I have been practicing this with family, friends, and co-workers. It’s a process, no doubt!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this update and that it has inspired you to continue pursuing your goals!

5 Goals for 2017

Goals 2017

At the end of a year, most people make a list of resolutions or goals they hope to accomplish in the new year. Sometimes, it seems the same goal appears year after year (I’m looking at you “Eat healthy/lose weight/go to the gym more”) or perhaps you’ve discovered a new interest and plan to make time to explore it. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, I believe it is always important to make goals. Goals give us structure and help us aspire to be better versions of ourselves. Personal growth is a process I value greatly. However, I have a tendency toward vague and/or lofty goals with little accountability and follow-through.  My plan for 2017 is to make specific goals I know I can attain and share them with you here on the blog.

Is the suspense killing you yet?! Well, without further ado, here are my 5 goals for 2017:

  • Read 20 books. I read 13 books in 2016, so I definitely know I can stretch to 20 next year. Normally, I try to read new books exclusively, but I feel like re-reading a few of my favorites soon, so I’m allowing repeats this time. Any suggestions for reading material? I’m all ears!
  • Try 10 new recipes. It is far too easy for me to get stuck making the same meals week after week with little variety. This works well with a busy schedule, but I want to make an effort to try new and slightly more complex recipes in 2017. What are some of your go-to recipes?
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 days/week. Regular/consistent exercise is a routine I’ve always struggled with, but I am determined to make a habit in 2017. This could be brisk walking, biking, or circuit training. As long as I carve out 30 intentional minutes, I’m good to go. What’s your favorite way to be active?
  • Practice photography. Since starting this blog, I’ve realized I lack confidence in my photography and get a little stressed out whenever I’m shooting for a post. I want to spend more time practicing and experimenting with different styles and techniques. I may try a 30-day challenge or take an e-course, but I know I will try to take as many photos as I can to increase my confidence.
  • Listen. I love to talk. I like to tell jokes and stories (admittedly, I try too hard) and sometimes I think my opinion/perspective is the most important. Unfortunately, I am not so great at listening and I tend to interrupt quite a bit. This year, I am going to actively practice listening to be a better wife, friend, and employee. I want the people in my life to feel valued, so I am choosing to listen well. 

Whew! It feels so good to share all of my goals with you. I’m definitely striving to foster my creativity in 2017 which I hope reflects in the content here. Sharing these goals creates a sense of accountability with you and I plan to post quarterly updates with my progress. As always, I’d love to hear from you! What are some of your goals/resolutions for 2017? Happy New Year!