Happy New Year!!!!
It’s that time of the year when we get to start all over and make new goals for ourselves, aka my favorite time of year. I’m so excited to share 2017’s New Year’s resolutions, but let’s wrap up 2016 with a bang first.
2016 Wrap- Up
So I did an okay job on last year’s (so strange to type) resolutions. Let’s check those out.
Read 50 Books
Aaaahhh!!! I was so close!! I read 45 out of 50 books.
It breaks my heart that I was so close and yet so far. However, this reading challenge was definitely a good thing. It really pushed me to read more frequently and, because of it, I definitely read some really amazing books (and some not-so-good ones).
Although it’s not a win, I’m not going to consider it a loss either.
Push myself to read outside my usual genres.
Specifically: graphic novels, non-fiction, classics, and science-fiction
I kinda did okay with this one. I did read a graphic novel and a couple in sci-fi. I also got a lot done in the non-fiction department (thank you Multicultural English class). But I definitely neglected those classics. I started reading Pride and Prejudice but gave up less than half way through. I should have finished it but I couldn’t and I used it as my excuse not to read any other classics this year. So I did an okay-ish job with this one.
Write more fiction- hopefully I’ll have a story that just needs to be edited
Write every week- even if it’s only 100 words.
Neither of these things happened. Not at all. I think I made it about a month and a half before completely forgetting about it.
The unfortunate thing is, I really want to do this. But I have no motivation to write fiction after I’ve been writing papers for hours. But I might have a solution (aka check below).
Take more pictures with my friends
Successful! It’s so much fun looking back on these when I’m feeling nostalgic.
And I’ve taken some really funny ones with my friends on campus and it’s nice to just have a good laugh when we look through some of them together. I’m definitely going to be doing this one again.
Workout every day
So I haven’t been perfect with this. But I have worked out at least 3 days a week for the majority of the year. I say majority because I didn’t work out at all during Fall Break, Finals Week, Christmas Break, and a few other weeks at the start of the semester.
Despite this, I’m going to count this as a win because I’ve been making this part of a routine in my life. And because I’ve dropped 15 pounds!! Whoot whoot! It’s been a lot of work but it’s also been really fun.
Be less judgmental
Man, this has been a hard one. Not going to lie, I failed at this when thinking about the people who voted for Trump. There were people who I could understand and rationalize their reasoning. But there were many others – some of whom I consider friends – whom I judged severely. However, I think it was still an improvement from old me who would have fumed about it and yelled at nothing.
More importantly, I’ve been less judgmental towards other things because I realize that they’re not that important in the grand scheme of life. I’ve been more conscious of my own thoughts which, unsurprisingly, has affected the way that I interact with other people. I’m not perfect by any means and there’s still improvements that I need to make, but I’ve definitely made progress in the right direction.
Overall, 2016 was a good year personally. Nationally, it was a rough last half. But we made it through. A lot has changed since the start of 2016 and I hope that there will be more good changes towards 2017, rather than the negative ones that I and others are expecting.
Read 50 Books
We’re just going to keep this one rolling for the next year because I really like this one and because it’s a fun challenge.
Read at least 2 Classics
At this point, it’s shameful how few classics I’ve actually read. At least, that’s how I feel about it. The best way for me to deal with this is to give myself a challenge and thus this beauty was created.
At least one of the classics that I’m going to read is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I’m also going to do my best to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but it was so hard to get into that I don’t have the highest of hopes. But I am going to try, I promise.
Read at least 1 Book of Poetry
I don’t like poetry. I avoid it like the plague. However, it’s a dumb thing for me to dislike because I haven’t really given it a fighting chance. Thus, this challenge/resolution/ whatever-you-want-to-call-it was born.
I have no idea what I’m going to read for this. Or who. But I know it’s something that I want to get done. Some recommendations in the comments would be nice.
Read at least 20 Books in TBR
I have a long TBR on Goodreads and a slightly longer one on my shelf. But I’m constantly adding books to my TBR or buying books that aren’t on it. So I want to tackle this wonderful thing.
Let me know if you’d like to see a running list of this or not.
Write for 10 Minutes Every Day
So I know that I want to write. It’s a dream of mine, this blog is a testament to that. But I think I put too much pressure on myself to write something grand and beautiful. It was an intimidating goal. So instead, I want to get myself into the habit of writing something for myself, not blog related, every day. I think it’ll help me be a better writer overall and it’ll be a challenge to make time for something I consider important.
Pay for Part of My Own Expenses
Specifically: Tuition, Textbooks, and Half of My Rent
I’m a college student who doesn’t have a lot of money right now. But I’m also a college student whose fortunate enough to have parents who are willing and able to pay for part of my college expenses for me. I recognize the position of privilege this puts me in but I also recognize the financial burden that this is to my parents.
I want to help my family as much as I can. So because of this, I want to be able to pay for my own tuition, textbooks, and half of my rent starting my second year. It’s a lofty goal that involves really working really hard this semester to save up as much money as possible. However, it’s something I feel that I have to do because my family has done so much for me and because I need to learn financial responsibility.
Get into photography
I’ve been interested in photography for a little while but I’ve always been a little bit afraid of trying. Ideally, I would like to get at the point where I was comfortable enough putting them up on Instagram and this blog.
I haven’t really developed an exact plan for this yet but I think the first step is going to be learning all the different functions within a DSLR. Fortunately I have a lot of resources available to me, including my two photographer fans Triasha at Making My Way and Cindy at Stranger Things Have Happened.
Pre-Write/Outline Blog Posts 1 Month in Advance
I feel absolutely awful when I don’t write a blog post and I know that it could be avoided if I just wrote a few posts in advance. It is a little harder with a blog based around my reading patterns but I think that I can still do it.
Lose 15 Pounds in 6 Months
Last year I lost 15 Pounds in about 4 months, so I know that I can lose another 15 in these 6 months.
The most important part of this goal is to lose the weight in a healthy way that I can maintain for the rest of my life. I say this because I view weight loss as lifestyle changes that I’m making rather than goals I’m setting and then giving up on.
Go to the Gym
So the first 15 pounds I lost I didn’t go the gym once. I’m not going to lie, I’m really proud of this but I know that the real reason that I didn’t go was because I’m afraid of the gym.
I definitely believe that the best way to deal with your fear is to face them head-on so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. The plan is to go to a few of the classes during the week of the 9th when there will be a whole bunch of people who are probably going to the gym for the first time too.
Take a Rock Climbing Class
This goes along with the goal above. I love rock climbing and I want to get better at it. The gym on campus happens to have a rock climbing wall that I can use.
This resolution has two parts. Part one is to go through a belay clinic to get certification. Part two is to go rock climbing every other week. Ultimately, I would like to build muscle in my upper back and arms and also increase my finger strength.
Well, those are this year’s goals. I think they’re definitely goals that are going to push me to be a better person which is always my aim when I’m creating my New Year’s Goals.
How was 2016 for you? And, more importantly, let me know what you’re goals are for 2017?