Welcome to 2017!
From beautiful Sun Peaks in Canada. Wow how incredibly fast last year (so crazy we can say 2016 was last year now) has gone. 2016 for me was definitely a rollercoaster. It was filled with some incredible highs and also some downfalls that have left me now in 2017 thinking of how I can move on and let go. With 2016 being the rollercoaster that it was, it probably explains why I feel the past year has gone so fast.
I love New Years and being able to welcome in the new year. New years is the time to forget the past and look to the future with a clean slate. It’s a time to rid yourself of what has been holding you back and taking a plunge to start fresh. With starting fresh comes resolutions. I personally have a hard time sticking to my New Years resolutions. Which is why this year I am going to make a solid effort to try my hardest to see my resolutions through. I feel my biggest mistake when making resolutions is making them unachievable, too far out of my reach and too unrealistic.
If you are like me and work non-stop then you will understand what I mean when I say that it is best to work in your resolutions with your day-to-day. Instead of looking at your resolutions as something broad, it is probably better to work in smaller goals. For example, it is okay to say that is 2017 you want to lose weight, but where to from there? How are you going to achieve this goal or resolution? If you make your resolutions broad then you’ll most likely end up weighing yourself down and burning yourself out. I talk from experience when I say this.
During this past year I have had so much time to think and reflect on myself. I feel I have changed so much in 2016 and in 2017 I hope to continue to grow. One of the things I have learn’t is that if you don’t put in the work then how will you claim the reward? Nothing in life is handed to us, which is why putting in those little extra hours can help in making all the difference when seeing our resolutions through.
The best part about resolutions is they give us motivation. They give us motivation to be better versions of ourselves and help create a positive outlook on life. The aim is to achieve to achievable. A few set backs won’t hurt. So with all of that said, I thought I would share with you all some of my resolutions for 2017.
Probably the biggest and most important resolution for me this year is to make more of an effort with my family and friends. I have the most amazing family and close knit circle of friends who I would walk to the ends of the world for. Sometimes we can get caught up in our own lives that we forget to make time for those around us and those who help make us who we are (as cheesy as that sounds). For this resolution it can be as simple as replying straight back to a text or a call instead of saying “It can wait” or “i’ll get it tomorrow”. Linked with this resolution is to always keep in the back of my mind those friends and family who are true and who I care about just as much as they care about me. In 2016 one of the biggest things I have learn’t is that there is no point waisting time on people who don’t seem to bother anymore. So with the New Year let’s spend time with people who make our lives that much happier.
This year in 2017 I am going to make more of a consistent effort with work. One of the best things I could have done this year was launch my blog. I want to keep up the pace with blogging and make more of an effort with social media. In particular YouTube. YouTube has been one of those things where I keep telling myself to be consistent then I’ll end up leaving posting videos for a month to a couple of months at a time, because of the perfectionist I can sometimes be. For 2017 I have made a goal to post videos three times a week, two at the least. I want to create a space to complement my blog and for video content to go hand in hand with what I post. Social media is such a crazy thing these days and it astounds me how people created work around it. I definitely want to jump on the bandwagon and take advantage of what I have right at my fingertips.
One thing that I want to try and do in 2017 is try and be a little more outgoing. I am naturally a reserved person and it can sometimes take a lot for me to break out of my shell every now and then. I have definitely improved on this a lot in the past year, but I want to keep pushing myself to take a plunge. With this I think having a positive outlook is also something to improve on. I like to think of myself as a bubbly and positively happy person but for times when I feel low I want to try and keep a positive outlook. I think it’s important to remember that everything happens for a reason and things in the end will work out just fine. So let’s make 2017 a year to be grateful and happy.
This was one of my resolutions for last year, which I am happy to say I actually fulfilled. Working out and eating healthy previously was something that I personally could take or leave. Last year I told myself that I was going to work out more and with that I started going to the gym twice a week. So this year I want to up the ante. Instead of working out twice a week, i’m going to try and work out three or four times a week. The one thing I did slack on though was eating healthy.. I have such a sweet tooth! So instead of reaching for that chocolate bar I am going to substitute with a healthier snack, such as a piece of fruit. When you feel better physically you feel better mentally, which is why I am going to make the extra effort this year with not just working out and exercise but with what I eat.
This is the resolution I am most excited about for 2017. For the new year I want to say yes to more. Whether that is saying yes to a new opportunity, speaking to someone new or going on a new adventure. In 2016 I was able to experience a bit of this yes mentality when I went on my first ever solo trip for four weeks to L.A. Solo travel was definitely scary but so rewarding at the same time. I don’t want to let the idea of solo travel hold me back from exploring. I absolutely love travel and for the new year I want to make the effort to travel more and stop making excuses. Whether that is in my own backyard or experiencing a new culture half way across the globe. I am currently planning a European trip for this coming summer and can’t be more excited. It’s time to get out and experience what this world has to offer!