It’s New Year’s Day. Another year has passed, its swan song being Mariah Carey’s glorious performance which was equally as undignified as 2016 itself.
This blog post was supposed to go live several days ago but I ended up getting extremely sick and had to reschedule my flight from the 29th to today. I was completely out of commission and stayed in bed for three whole days. I’m about to hop on a flight in an hour, and I’m still not completely better. Fortunately, I have the day off tomorrow
Astrology-wise I was sick during a strange time. With Mercury in retrograde and the new moon, both in Capricorn right before the new year, it was an ideal time for self reflection. The thing that’s a slight blessing—and in some circumstances, the biggest curse—about being really sick is you’re left with your thoughts.
Naturally, I reflected on the past year: what I’ve learned, what went well, what didn’t go well, what I’d like to change in 2017 to be better.
Personally, 2016 wasn’t a bad year, per se. I considered it more of my “year off.” It was really a test in patience and self-compassion. 2016 forced me to slow down and really become aware of fixing some things in my life that were necessary and make adjustments so I can have bigger things eventually.
I was really inspired by Valerie from Fashion on a Curve’s “Countdown” post with her 17 things she’d love to do in 2017. I’m not a super big resolutions person, but I thought her post was really motivational and wanted to do my own version of it.
I’ll do a 3 month, 6 month, and 9 month follow up on my goals to keep myself accountable and keep you all posted of my developments! If you have any great goals or resolutions you want to share be sure to leave a comment below letting me know!
17 Goals for 2017
- Come up with a 5 year plan—or at least a 3 year one. At my Grampy’s 90th birthday party two years ago, I asked him “Well, what are you going to do now that you’re 90?” He responded, “Work on my 5 year plan.” I’ve realized that I have a lot of big dreams and ideas but haven’t actually taken the time to figure out how to actualize them. I’d like to work on that a bit, especially during this month.
- Sign up for burlesque classes. I’ve been wanting to do this for years, but have never “had the time.” The New York School of Burlesque has intensive programs so I’m hoping to sign up in March since I’ll be traveling January and February!
- Multitask less. Sometimes it becomes challenging because there is so much to do, I don’t know where to start so I just do it all. However, I have really been making a conscientious effort to focus on one thing at a time the past few months and I’ve noticed my productivity has increased. I’m hoping to continue this into 2017!
- Study astrology. Another thing along with burlesque classes that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. My mom bought me a book for Christmas that teaches how to draw and read charts, so I’m going to start reading it on the plane.
- Officially launch my new project. The past few months I’ve been working on launching a new site/business. I’ve been slowly rolling it out piece by piece but stay tuned.
- Finally decoratemy apartment. Okay now this is pathetic. I’ve lived in my apartment for 3 years but have never formally “decorated.” If not now, then when?
- Get rid of everything. I still have a size small pink strapless bustier in a Rubbermaid tub under my bed that was a gift from when I worked for Rachel Roy. Enough said.
- Go to bed earlier. As I mentioned earlier, 2016 taught me the importance of slowing down. I am much happier and much more productive when I get more sleep.
- Go out more. Perhaps this may seem counterproductive from Goal #9, but I would love to go out more this year. I really took it easy the past year after going out all the time in 2015. I live in the most exciting city in the world, so what’s the point of staying home all the time?
- Take better care of myself. The ultimate New Year’s cliché, right? It’s true though!
- See my friends in Seattle. Seeing my old friends makes me happy, and I always leave with a better sense of perspective and clarity. I’m hoping to make the trip in March or April.
- Explore during weekends. This one ties into Goal #9. I’ve lived in New York for 6 years now, but there is still so much I haven’t seen!
- Be more organized, even if that means slowing down or saying “no.” Saying “no” is always such a challenge for me. I’m so eager to do things and so driven to always “go.” However, I need to be sure that I am doing everything with intention and that every project I commit to fits in with my bigger plans.
- Commit to authenticity. If you recall from my earlier blog post, I suffered from a bout of bloggers burnout. This year, I want to only focus on posts that matter and working with brands that matter. Like my current partnership with Le Mystere—I promote their products because I love and belive in them.
- Shoot more. I can count on both hands the number of times I shot for outfit pots in 2016. I want to shoot more, even if it isn’t outfit posts. It’s a creative outlet, and I enjoy it,
- Help others. Whether it’s through blogging, volunteering, or spending time with people, I want to help others in 2017. I don’t claim to be an expert, but if there’s anything I can help you with, please let me know!
- Actually stick with these goals, and make the best of 2017!
Happy New Year!