The New Year is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the excitement and the energy. I love it all! But my absolute favorite part of it all is making new resolutions for the new year. 2016 was the first year that I really took my resolutions seriously but I think I can push myself a little more this year. So without further ado here are my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions.
|| Read 50 Books ||
I did this one last year (that’s so weird to write). I got 45 out of 50 and I got some really amazing ones in. I’m 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 ||
This is the one I’m definitely most excited about accomplishing. I’ve already started the process for this one by creating a master list of blog post ideas and an editorial calendar. The next step is to write four posts in 2 days, which I know I can do.
Although it’s a lot of upfront work, the payoffs will be amazing when classes are going strong.
|| 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 6 months. My starting weight is 152 lbs, thus my goal weight is 137 lbs.
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 resolutions. I think they’re definitely resolutions that are going to push me to be a better person which is always my aim when I’m creating my New Year’s Resolutions.
How was 2016 for you? And, more importantly, let me know what you’re resolutions are for 2017?