January 02, 2017

The First One

I don't know about you but I love fresh starts. New days, new weeks... months...  years, it's all energizing. I feel as though anything is possible. What happened yesterday is over with and now I need to focus on this day. {fun fact: my niece doesn't really understand the concept of "today". Instead she wants to do everything "this day", which, really, makes sense when you think about it.}

Now I'm not really a resolutions type of person because for the most part I think it's crap. Most people drop their resolutions within 30 days. {did that sound factual? Let's just go with it shall we?} For me, I like to make plans and goals, bench-marked by smaller, trackable plans and goals. Case in point, here are my broad plans for 2017.

Read What I Own
Last year Dani and Erin challenged us to read our own books. While I did read a few that I had been hoarding, I didn't read much. I own at least 20 books that have been sitting on my shelves for over a year and have never been read. This year I plan to read only from my shelf. I'll allow myself to pepper in some audio books because we all know I get reader's fatigue {this sounds official too, no?} I've set my 2017 Goodreads challenge to 25 account for most of them. 

Spend Smarter
Finances are not my strong forte. In my 20s I ruined my credit because I didn't really understand the way credit and interest works. I'm still not able to explain the way APRs and APYs work but I have a much better grasp on my finances and this year I want to really solidify them. I have a job I enjoy making a salary that I feel good about. I want to knock out two, but at least one large credit card and start building an emergency fund. You know, the one I don't dip into. 

Eat to Live
I am a huuuuuge fan of food. I mean, who isn't? I wouldn't say I'm an emotional eater because I don't need a feeling to want pizza, but I would say that I'm an excessive eater. As in I eat all day, snacks mostly, and when I do eat meals, I tend to have seconds on the brain before I've even finished my firsts. It's a vicious cycle that isn't doing me any favors and I intend to be a lot more conscious about what and how much I'm eating. I also need to start working out again. I know this is incredibly cliche but it's true. I'm not getting any younger and one of my friends/coworkers is truly inspiring. She's in her early 40s but you'd never know it by looking at her because she looks 10 years younger.

Dress Up
I am the laziest dresser I know. If it's not jeans/shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops/boots then I don't really want to wear it. That also means that I put very minimal effort into my work outfits. To the point where when I do actually get dressed I look like I'm going above and beyond. I want to start taking the time in the mornings to do my hair and makeup, take some time to pick outfits that compliment me and make me feel confident. It's not about other people because I know the way I feel on the inside is directly reflected on the outside. And when I feel confident and happy, that's what others will perceive as well.

S.M.A.R.T.  I'm not trying to overdo it in 2017. Overall, 2016 was good to me. I got a new car, a new job, a new apartment, and I started dating. For 2017 I want to be present and do more with less. That's my word for 2017... less. And with it, I have one true goal in mind:


  1. No resolutions for me this year, but I could definitely use more attention on my health and finances. And I cannot freaking wait to be able to wear my regular clothes again! I do have nice maternity clothes, but I'm just uncomfortable enough that I'd rather lay around in leggings and a tank top.

  2. I was dusting my bookshelf this weekend and decided that I should work on reading the books that I own, too. And I'm not one to diet or exercise like a crazy person, but I would like to do a better job of making and eating delicious healthy foods verses the crap I typically snack on. If I like veggies and fruits why not snack on those instead of chips and stuff??

  3. LOL dress better is always on my "new year, new things!" list but it's always the first to go because I'll take leggings and a sweater over complicated clothes any day. happy new year!

  4. I'm with you. I love the start of something new. I start a new job tomorrow, well technically today, & I definitely need to get on the dress nicer bandwagon. Luckily today is just a work day so it's fine that I'm sitting here in a flannel & jeans but tomorrow students come back & I want to make a real effort this year.

  5. I love the word Less. That was my word a few years ago and I totally decluttered everything that year. Eat to live is on my list too, I need to be much better about that this year. I love January 1 too, it's so nice to start everything off fresh! Happy new year!

  6. Happy New Year! Yes, yes, yes on eating to live. I definitely want to make better food choices this year. And I totally get what you mean in regards to being a lazy dresser. I'm a no-makeup, glasses, jeans and flowy shirt/baggy sweater kind of girl all day, every day. Charles actually called me out on how I dress the other day saying that "I'm hiding behind my clothes and glasses" and to a certain extent, I think he's right? I do feel like how I dress doesn't always represent how I see myself but at the same time, I don't want to sacrifice casual comfort. Not sure where I'm going with this but it's something I'm going to mull over more. Hashtag "to be continued" lol. Sending positive new year vibes your way!

  7. Less, less, less! I already thought I was good about lessening when I needed to, but thinking about boxing and moving all my belongings is making me reconsider my idea of less once again. I don't have any year-long goals for this year, but all the goals I do have for my life in general for now just kind of involve being better to myself and thus being better for the people around me. Eat to live/eat to fuel is absolutely one of those areas I've been trying to focus on... but I need to get better. (Ahem, V-fries plus a whole breakfast, ugh...)

  8. Wow, so many new things in 2016! A great year indeed! I'm trying to read my books again too- my shelves are overflowing so I want to get rid of some. I've been working on an emergency fund since last year, but really need to open a separate savings account for it. I'm just not sure I want to open one at the bank I currently use. As for dressing, I plan out my outfits the night before. Sometimes I'll pick out 2-3 because I like having options. But it saves a lot of time and energy in the morning, and somehow has helped me build a more cohesive work wardrobe in general. Love the "less" idea- Good luck!

  9. i'm the same, i love clean slates and fresh starts. reading books i own is on my list as well. also, yes to dressing up. if i do my hair and makeup, everyone at work freaks out. i mean, right now i've got my hair in a bun and no makeup, so that could be why. love the less idea. hope 2017 is a great year for you!