Welcome to 2017!
I have a feeling that this year is going to be an exciting one! Every year we hope for it to be better than the last and I really think that this can be true for 2017. I have super high hopes! I’m also planning my wedding this year, so there’s always that bonus!
One thing that does come along with ringing in a new year is the opportunity to make a resolution to yourself.
I’m not a super fan of New Year’s resolutions myself because I feel that it isn’t actually the greatest time of year to make promises to yourself. It’s kinda cold out, so you might not want to go for an outdoor run. It’s post-holiday-feasts, so you have to knock away that new extra weight first. It’s post gift-giving time so your wallet might be a little bit thin to head on new adventures. I mean, you’re probably still hung over from last night (I know I am).
For me, I like to make plans and resolutions throughout the year. Fitness goals typically happens when it starts to become warmer out. New blog ideas tend to happen… well, whenever they strike (this one happened to be in November).
However, there definitely are perks to joining along in some new-year-new-you adventures! For one, you have the support of most people around you who are also trying to stay motivated. For two, you also have mega-sales on items that might help you achieve your goals like gym memberships or art supplies or photography equipment or flights across the globe.
I believe that at any point during the year, it is a good idea to reflect on the past few months and brainstorm goals for the future. If you’re not happy with something, you don’t have to wait for a whole new year to change it, but NYE does make a pretty convenient time to start.
New Year’s resolutions are pretty personal and you can browse online for some great ideas that might work for you. Keep in mind that goals should be specific, measurable and achievable!
To give you a proper introduction of who I am, while also perhaps giving you some ideas for your own resolutions, I’ve decided to share my biggest four resolutions with you!
1. Focus More on Writing
I absolutely LOVE writing. I’m not so great with fiction writing, but I do quite love some creative non-fiction, or “storytelling” as I like to define it. Part of that is writing for this blog. Part of that is writing for other sites. Last year I cut down my hours at my day job to focus more on writing. This year, I want to continue that. It got a little bit lost in the autumn months while I went back to work full time, but my goal is to keep aiming for a full-time writing career. I won’t bore you with the specifics but if you want to chat about this – whether your career or mine – please send an email or comment below. I’d love to hear about your personal writing goals!
2. Eat Better / Work Out Better
These are kind of obvious ones, seeing as this is blog has an emphasis on self-care. I like making my resolutions and goals measurable to help stay on track. The food plan: only home-cooking during the week, with restaurants saved for weekends (or celebrations). The gym goal: working out 2-3 times at the gym and 1 time a week at the pool. The pool in January is mighty cold, but I do love it once I’ve done a few laps. Specific, measurable and realistic.
3. See Real Art
Art speaks to me on so many levels. More than anything else in the world, I find it inspiring. There are so many museums and art galleries in Montreal and I always tell myself I will visit them. This year, that is high on my list. We recently moved closer to the cultural part of Montreal so this will be significantly easier. I plan to attend one exhibit or performance per month. This will be done whether I am alone, with my partner or with a friend. I am actually signing up for a yearly membership at two Montreal museums. I also hope to discover more local artists (if you have any event tips, please let me know).
4. Focus on What is Important
This one is very specific to the fact that my partner and I are planning a wedding, but it can also be applied to other life events. During the wedding planning process, it is easy to become overwhelmed with details and frustrations. We’ll receive many opinions, many budget issues and probably some conflicts with the guest list. The idea is to focus on what is important: I am marrying my best friend and love of my life. It doesn’t really matter how we do it, just that we’re doing it. We want the day to be filled with love, laughter, booze and dancing (all the important stuff).
If you’ve decided to make some New Year’s resolutions, I would love to hear about them! Comment below and we’ll get to see if any of ours match up. Regardless of any differences in our goals, we’ll be here to support each other through these adventures!
Have an amazing 2017 – can’t wait to spend it with all of you!