Turtleneck | Velvet Skirt (runs big, wearing size XXS) | Glitter heels (I found mine on sale at Marshall’s! They’re an older version of the Kate Spade glitter pumps. These are almost identical.) | Tights (these are the best!)
If I had to describe 2017 in one word, it would be uncertain. I felt so much uncertainty in almost every aspect of my life: my job, my living situation, and my relationships. For someone who enjoys security, this was definitely a challenging year. Not only was it a difficult year for me internally, but externally too. National disasters, shootings, political drama, abuse allegations… the news was overwhelmingly negative. While there were plenty of amazing moments as well, I know I’m not the only one excited to leave 2017 behind.
Before we jump into 2018, however, I think it is important to reflect on the past year and see what worked and what didn’t. What brought you joy and what brought you down. What challenges you overcame and what you still need to work on. This gives you (and me) the opportunity to make better decisions going forward.
Here are some end of year reflection questions to ask yourself:
1. What would I have done differently? Why?
2. What are some of the things that I have accomplished that I am proud of?
3. When did I feel happiest/the most alive? How can I have more experiences like that?
4. What was my biggest lesson?
5. What did I spend too much time worrying about?
I know many people don’t like to make resolutions or the whole #NewYearNewMe concept, but I disagree. Of course, you don’t only have to do this at the beginning of the year, but it IS a motivating time for a lot of people and it’s OK to capitalize on that.
Here are some of the things I want to accomplish in 2018:
- Have a mindful morning routine– I wake up early enough that I actually have time in the morning to spend doing something valuable. Instead of scrolling on my phone, I want to have an everyday routine that sets the tone for the rest of the day. I haven’t worked out the exact details, but I am hoping to meditate and/or journal.
- Read 30 books– Last year, I set a goal to read 1 book a month, which I know isn’t a lot but it helped me get back into reading (see all of my 2017 reads here). This year, I want to up my game to 30 books. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
- Go all in with my blog– I started my blog in June and have treated it as a hobby, not pushing myself to reach any legitimate goals. This year, I want to be more intentional, more organized, more consistent, and more helpful to you guys! My goal is to have at least 2 blog posts a week and grow my social media audiences by A LOT.
- Travel more– When reflecting on the last couple of years, my best memories come from the trips I’ve taken. This tells me that I need to invest more in traveling and go to new places! On my radar: Grand Canyon, Charleston, SC, Austin, TX, Italy, Amsterdam!
- Be Present– I know I’m not alone when I say I am attached to my phone. It seems like there is rarely a time when I focus on doing just one thing. This year, I want to rely less on technology and live in the moment.
- Have a consistent fitness routine- Work out 3 days a week with a mix of cardio + strength training. I also want to get into yoga!
- Ban negative self-talk– This isn’t going to happen overnight, but I want to be mindful of the things I say to myself and others. Less complaining and less negativity.
- Cook 1 new meal a week– I need to get better about meal planning and preparing recipes in advance.
Here are some tips to help you stick to your resolutions:
-Be as specific as possible with your goals (as you can see above, some of mine are specific and some aren’t which I need to fix!)
-Create action steps for every goal. What do you have to do to achieve it?
-Physically write your goals: There’s power in writing things down.
-Print them out and hang them on your fridge or someplace where you will see them every day.
-Have monthly check in’s with yourself.
-Create an accountability group.
-Last but not least, if resolutions are overwhelming for you, then I recommend picking a word or mantra for the year instead. Some examples: Gratitude, Intention, Balance.
I hope this was helpful for you all. I want to hear from you! How was your 2017? What are some of your goals for the new year?
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