With just a few hours left in 2017 I’m sitting on my bed drinking a nice warm cup of ginger tea, reading, and reminiscing on the amazing journey that 2017 has been. The last 365 days of my life have been nothing short of amazing. I’ve definitely had my bad days, but the good days overshadow the darkness that clouds the bad ones. I made memories that will last a lifetime, I traveled, I got a new job that I love, I reenrolled in my college classes, and most importantly, I’ve surrounded myself with people who fill my life with so much love, peace, and serenity. 2017 was the year of change for me, I think I’ve matured so much more in the last 365 days than I ever have in my life. This year I made new friends, lost some old ones, and mended relationships that were once tainted and broken. In 2017 I learned to accept the things I can not change and I also learned to cut the ties that bound and hindered me from growing into the woman I’m supposed to be.
This year I turned the big 2-3, the Jordan year, the year where you start to realize that you’re getting old and you’ve got to seriously start thinking about 401k and health insurance…bleghh. I guess I’m just at an awkward point in life where I still feel like a teenager but an adult at the same time. I find that there’s a sort of paradoxical beauty in feeling so young but so old. Don’t get me wrong I love being 23, it’s been a great year but I’d be lying if I said there haven’t been days where I’ve wanted to hop in a time machine and rewind just a couple years back to when I didn’t have any real responsibilities, and I lived life without a care in the world. I suppose we all have to grow up someday- even though I’m 90% sure I’ll be a 12 year old at heart for the rest of my time on earth.
Upon reflection of this past year I wanted to set some goals for myself. I’ve personally never been the type to buy into the whole “new year, new me,” ordeal simply because old habits die hard, and things don’t magically change and get better once the clock strikes 12. However I do believe that a new year is a clean slate and it’s a perfect time for self-improvement. The energy that surrounds us during New Years Eve fills most of us with this tingly sense of hope, drive, and ambition for the year to come. I believe a new year is brand new journal with 365 blank pages to capture new adventures and everything else life throws your way.
Here are a few goals that I hope to achieve in 2018
- Practice gratitude
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
- Treat others the way I want to be treated
- Get off social media every once in a while
- Spend less time alone and more time with family and friends
- Wake up 15 minutes earlier
- Explore new places
- Complain less
- Give church a second chance
- Be humble and kind
- Meditate twice a week
- Read more, talk less
- Stop gossiping about others with my friends
- Think of three nice things about someone the moment a not so nice thought comes to my mind
- Drink less alcohol, drink more tea
- Don’t stay up past 10 on weeknights
- Save money
- Move out on my own
- Take on more responsibilities at work
- Wake up every morning with a smile on my face
- Say “I love you,” more
- Eat a 70% raw vegan diet
- Get back into Yoga classes
- Take a martial arts class
- Take a pottery class
- Learn how to knit
- Visit family in Ecuador
- Blog more
- Take more pictures
- Spend some time away from my phone
- Run more
- Go on evening walks once the weather warms up a bit
- Quit going to bed angry
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Write an e-book
- Do more freelance work
- Revamp Jolly Crepe
- Make new friends
- Quit letting anxiety get in my way of things
- Join a book club
- Stop slacking off on classwork
- Do my laundry every week instead of every three weeks when it becomes an unbearable monster of clothing
I know some of these goals are a little far fetched, but definitely not impossible. In a few months I’ll look back at this post and reflect on whether or not I achieved any of the goals I set for myself today.
Thank you to everyone who reads and follows this blog, and thank you to those who support me. Cheers to the last blog post of the year and cheers to 2018! May the new year bring you all an abundance of happiness, love, and prosperity.
Happy New Year everyone and stay safe!