The 2017 New Year Checkup

Y’all, I had completely forgotten that we already halfway into 2017. This year feels like it’s flying and I’ve been loving it. My first year at college was absolutely wonderful, I made some really amazing friends, and so many other things. And right now, we’re going to see just how much work I’ve done towards my 2017 resolutions.

Read 50 Books

I don’t really want to talk about this goal. Like, it’s so bad that I’d rather pretend that this isn’t an actual goal of mine. We can pretend that I never said this, right? No? … Fine.

I’ve actually only read 10 books this year. *Hides in shame*

I know, I know, I should be at about 22 books (according to Goodreads). But in my defense, I have been reading a lot of comics through Line Webtoons. Most of them aren’t completed but I like to think it still counts. And I’ve gone through a ton of Wattpad stories which also aren’t counted by Goodreads but I still feel should count in my list. If we are counting these, I’ve read/ am currently reading 28 books and that’s pretty great.

Read at least 2 Classics

This is probably the one goal I’m most proud of. I finally made it through Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin! I really didn’t enjoy it but I am glad that I read it. Now I can have actual conversations about it and I won’t feel like an idiot when I do.

I’m currently reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and I’m actually having a great time with it. I hope that I’ll finish it by the end of the month, but I’m giving myself until next month for certain. And I might even get a third classic in because I have every intention of reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Read at least 1 Book of Poetry

I haven’t actually started with this one but I think I’m going to read Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire. I’ve picked this one for several reasons, the first being that Shire has a connection to Kenya (where my family is from) and the second is that it’s short, only 37 pages. And the third is definitely because it sounds like it’s going to be about serious and thought provoking stories, rather than nature and flowers that I typically associate with poetry. I’m really looking forward to this read. 

Read at least 20 Books in TBR

So far, I’ve read 5 books from my TBR and most were pretty amazing. They were:

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (review coming soon)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (review coming soon)
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’m not actually sure I’ll be able to get this one done but I’m really going to try. It’s very likely that I’ll end up reading at least 15 from my TBR.

Write for 10 Minutes Every Day

This really hasn’t done so well. This month has been alright but I’ve been failing for the past 5 months. I’m really going to work on this goal because I actually want this to develop into a habit.

Pay for Part of My Own Expenses

Specifically: Tuition, Textbooks, and Half of My Rent

This is a really overzealous goal. And I knew that at the start of the year. The reality is, I definitely won’t be able to pay for my own tuition. I just can’t save that much money based on what I’m making working 2 jobs right now. It’s just not a reality. And I won’t be able to pay for half of my rent.

Therefore, I’m adjusting this goal. I’m certain that I’ll be able to pay for my own textbooks for a year. And I’m going to pay for my own renter’s insurance and the monthly parking fees. I know it’s a really big step down from the very lofty goal at the start of the year, but this is way more realistic.

Get into photography

Not going to lie, I haven’t even done anything with this goal. And I don’t really feel too bad about it. It’s making me question just how much I actually want this goal.

I’m going to keep it on the list for now but I’m not going to focus too much on it.

Pre-Write/Outline Blog Posts 1 Month in Advance

I’m actually getting rid of this goal. I’ve learned a lot about myself in the past 6 months and the big thing is, I hate writing posts in advance.

For one, I enjoy the minor panic of writing a post the night before it needs to be up. It’s the kind of stress that I live for. And two, I don’t have the time to write posts in advance. Actually, that’s not true. I just don’t want to. Thus, I’m kissing this goal goodbye.

Lose 15 Pounds in 6 Months

I’m so mad about this goal. I literally have 3 pounds to go to reach this goal. In fact, 3.2 pounds to be exact. I’m so so upset that I haven’t reached this goal. Like genuinely upset that I haven’t accomplished this goal.

I was so close. So freakin’ close! But I’ll definitely lose these 3.2 pounds by next month for sure.

Go to the Gym

Your girl did it! I went to the gym. In fact, I went to the gym on a several times a week basis for months with my roomate. I’m so freakin’ excited!

I didn’t realize it but I love the gym. Like I actually enjoy being in the gym. It smells weird sometimes and it’s crowded a lot of the time and it can be really loud. But I love it. I love being surrounded by other people who are working out, it’s really great motivation to also workout. Also, people watching is a really good time.

I’m glad that I faced this fear head-on. I’m still not super comfortable going by myself but I’m more than fine if I enter the gym with another person and then go and do things by myself. Someday I hope that I’ll be comfortable enough to go alone but I’m proud of myself so far.

Take a Rock Climbing Class

I haven’t done this yet but I’m definitely doing it next year. I was supposed to be doing this towards the end of last semester but I didn’t. I do have a friend who wants to do it with me but I’m more than happy to do this by myself. I’m so excited to do it.

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