2017 has been here for a couple of weeks and I've had some time to mull over what goals I have for the new year. I'm not really one for New Years Resolutions, but tend to lean more towards "objectives." Resolutions seem so set in stone, and can make ya feel guilty if you happen to fall off of the bandwagon. So objectives it is. This year, I set some personal objectives that I hope to accomplish or at least work towards during the upcoming year. In thinking of these objectives, I want them to be things that I want to do instead of feeling like obligations or work. Here's to a happy, healthy, adventurous new year.
One | Get out of my comfort zone more often
Since college graduation I haven't been put in too many situations where I am completely out of my comfort zone. In college, I would start new classes, meet new people, travel more frequently. All of these experiences helped get me out of my comfort zone. Now that I'm at a steadier, more consistent place in my life, I occasionally feel too comfortable. I have a job, a home, a dog, friends, a boyfriend. I'm content. However, out of too much comfort sometimes comes complacency and that is my nightmare. So for 2017 I hope to do things that get my out of my comfort zone more: style posts (eek!), spontaneous mini trips, skydiving. Anything that makes me feel different, less complacent. Ideas are welcome!
Two | Be intentional
Being intentional is something I'm definitely going to pursue in the new year. I feel like so much of life is routine, that you do something just because you always do it instead of because you want to do it. Routine is detrimental to dreams. I don't really feel like myself when I'm doing something just because it happens. I want to make plans, do more, and do more intentionally.
Three | Shop responsibly
This is something I mentioned a few posts back, but is pretty important to me in the upcoming year. There is a monstrous problem in the US clothing industry; we produce low quality items, wear them once, dispose of them, & purchase more. There are so many "trendy" items sitting in dumps because they went in and out in one season. Clothing is also oftentimes produced in the not-so-greatest fashions: paying pennies to factory workers in countries with low or no minimum wage, harvesting materials irresponsibly (think silk, cashmere), etc. Of course, responsible shopping will be difficult to accomplish initially, and will take tons of time, but it's something worth working towards. Purchasing items I will wear again and again, from ethical, responsible companies is the goal.
Four | Get back into running
This time last year I loved to run. My pup & I had a solid running trail around my hometown and then we up and moved. The area we moved to didn't have the best running space, especially with a dog, so we began to slack off and before we knew it, we were hardly running. I guess I shouldn't say "we," Gus runs laps around the other dogs at the park. :) I got such relaxation and satisfaction from running a couple miles a day and I truly miss that feeling. We recently moved again (just to a new area of town, not completely) and we have much better potential running trails at our new place, so no excuses! Running it is.
Five | Read more
I'm always carrying a book with me, but just because I'm carrying it doesn't mean I'm reading it. Last week I went three days straight without picking up my book because I deemed myself too busy. I should never be too busy to read - it's one of my favorite things to do, after all. I want to pick up my book once a day, even if it's just for fifteen minutes.
Six | Write consistent blog posts
I've already started this initiative by implementing Musings of the Month (yay!) and can't wait to delve into more ideas for posts. I'm so thankful for you guys who continue to read this creation of mine, and I want to be able to give you what you want to see while still sticking to my guns. Results from the survey I posted not too long ago proved my readers want style posts, book recommendations, home decor items, & more about living in my new city. Through more consistent posts I hope to give back to you all as much as you've given to me.
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