Thursday, January 5, 2017

Looking at 2017

The new year is a funny thing. Heading into it, you builds up huge expectations for what the year will be like and what you want to do and change by creating resolutions. The thing is people are rarely able to stick to them. Deciding to make change is a good thing, but I think it's more effective to think of these changes as more of making minor improvements than changing your entire lifestyle.


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When I try and come up with my goals for the new year, I usually reflect on any mistakes I made in the previous year as well as things I think I could have done better. This past year, especially my fall semester of school, I felt myself slipping in pretty much every area of my life and I couldn't really figure out how to fix it. I felt like I was drowning. I was losing control of my personal life, my blog, and my academics, and it was kind of a domino effect - once I felt one thing slip, it all just came crumbling down. To put it lightly, this was not a good semester for me. I've spent a good amount of time beating myself up for it, but in the end I think the only thing that did was make it harder for me to correct my mistakes and get things back in order. So, I've decided with the new year I'm going to take this fresh start as an opportunity to start over again, and work towards achieving my full potential. 

Here's a look at some of the goals I have for this upcoming year: 

+ Manage my time better
I think a big reason I struggled so much this past semester was that I was really bad at budgeting my time. I'm generally the kind of person who works well when I have a lot of things to do, but the problem was that I just wasn't plotting my time appropriately and therefore I wasn't getting the things I needed to do done. This semester I really want to get better about putting everything in my planner to make sure everything gets done and that I still have time for the fun stuff.

+ Do one active thing every day
I feel like I can get into kind of a rut when it comes to my fitness routine. The rut being that I don't really have one. I feel like maybe by making it simpler and just saying that I want to do one active thing per day might make it easier for me to maintain some kind of routine. Whether it's going to the gym, taking a fitness class, or even just doing a stretch or floor workout in my room, I just want to be active.

+ Keep an open mind
This semester I will be moving into my sorority house, which will be such a different experience from living in my dorm or apartment. I'm really excited for the opportunities to make new friends in the house as well as opportunities to do new things. I really want to focus on keeping an open mind to meeting new people and trying new things that I maybe wouldn't have necessarily tried before.

What are your goals for the new year? 

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