Holy change batman. Honestly, what a year 2016 was. I don’t know a single person who didn’t grow or learn a lot in this past year.

Unlike last year, and the past several years, I have decided to make New Year’s Resolutions. Okay, really, they are just a bunch of goals for the year.

Now, I understand this is not some big feat, most everyone makes them. But one thing I learned last year is how much easier it is for me to grow when I specifically visualize what it is I want to do. And what better way to start a new year than to sit down and focus on some of those visualizations.

For most college students like me winter break is the only true break (I take summer classes), which means it is the one time a year I have consistent free time, which then means the one time I have consistent time to refocus my life. So here I am, post resolution/goal making, to share with you, my top ten aspirations for the year 🙂

1.  develop & maintain a sleep schedule

2. don’t forget to eat

3. go to the gym at least 4 times/week

4. run at least 3 times/week

5. run 2 10ks and 1 half marathon

6. do yoga daily, learn to meditate

7. maintain current friendships and make new friends

8. continue achieving 4.0 semesters

9. travel somewhere at least once a month

10. say yes more, do more things

None of my resolutions are truly personality changing goals. I already go to the gym and run often, I would just like to do so more and setting goals for races gives me something to look forward to. The same with eating and sleeping, they have been bad habits in the past but in recent months I have been doing well, so these goals are to continue that progress! Really, all of my goals (I have like a dozen more, but I didn’t want to bore you with a never ending list), are simply specific things I want to get to which I have already been in the process of doing.

If you recall my “New Year, New Me” more or less joking post last year, I commented on how a new year is really just a bigger version of a new day. Now the way I view personal growth and the goals I have set for myself has changed quite a bit from last year, but that comment is where it all started. There were at least a half dozen moments last year where I took a moment to stop and say “No more, I’m not going to be like this anymore” and I started off in a different direction. And that is okay.

One of my favorite quotes is from Maya Angelou, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” And it’s pretty much how I live my life, I do the best I can until I know a better way to do things.

What are you focusing on this year? This month? This week? Today? Whatever it is, do it to the best of your ability! And have a wonderful New Year my lovelies

❤ that one girl


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