Goodnight 2016, Hello 2017


Good morning friends!

It is quite possibly my favorite time of year: the end of it ? In all seriousness, I love taking some time to review the highlights of the past year, set goals for the upcoming year, and just take a moment to reflect on my life in general. 2016 felt like a life-changing year for me. It definitely had its ups and downs, but I find myself finally starting to reap the benefits of the hard work I’ve been putting in on my goals.

It’s tempting with the upcoming New Year to want to do all the things and achieve all the goals… so how do we set ourselves up for success without spreading ourselves too thin?

As I look at my list of goals, I have 16 goals written down. 16?! What girl, you crazy?! I just want to do #allthethings. To top it off, most of them are going to take a long time…. it’s easy to look at this list and find discouragement instead of encouragement.

Here are my tips to keep moving forward without being bogged down by what can seem impossible if you’re a nutter like me who writes down a NOVEL of goals.

  1. Write your goals down. I cannot stress this enough, there is real power in physically writing your goals down with a pen and paper. Not in your Notes app, the real deal. Just trust me and do it.
  2. Create a vision boardFor you creatives out there, this is a great way to visualize how you want to feel and what you want to achieve. It is also a form of self expression.
  3. Keep goals simple. There is a sweet spot between realistic and challenging goals. Find your sweet spot. Stay there.
  4. Focus on positivity. Our thoughts biologically, spiritually, and emotionally control our lives. I could write a novel on this alone. But trust me, it is wired into our bodies. If you’re always fighting an interior battle, you have less energy to devote to loving yourself and in turn, loving those around you. Unsure of how to change your thoughts? Try meditation. My favorite: Becoming What You Believe and Miraculous Relationships by Deepak Chopra and Oprah. They come with a daily message, a 20-minute meditation, and journal reflection questions. Feeling cheap? They run 21-day free meditation series as well periodically throughout the year. Feeling cheap and impatient? Use your own positive affirmations and begin each day with them.
  5. Prioritize and focus on one goal at a time. Then move on to the next. If you try to tackle 5 goals at once, you will burn out. It’s just a matter of time.
  6. Do one small thing each day to move closer towards your goals. Exercise, write, read, meditate, pray, do one random act of kindness, do something. Action over perfection.
  7. Journal or document your progress. Humans love measuring progress. It’s why the fitness tracking industry is a-boomin’. Find a way to measure your progress and do it. You will get more excited each day to continue working on yourself and your goals.
  8. Realize that setting goals isn’t about being productive or checking off items on a checklist. It’s about creating more time for you to achieve the things you most desire in your lifetime and to hold yourself accountable. Each of us wants to do something great with our lives, and goal setting ensures that you carve out the time you need to do that. You are worth it. There will never come a time when it will be the right time. So get moving.
  9. Ask yourself if the goals you have written down are helping you move toward your truth. Block out any outside influence and ask yourself what would benefit you most in 2017.

My next step is to decide which of my 16 goals will be my #1 priority in the new year. I am still working on completing an exercise routine I started in October, so I don’t want to add too much to my plate to ensure that I complete the goals I started last year.

One final thought.

Each month, I plan to review my goals list and hopefully be able to focus on one new goal every other month.

Here are my goals I can mark “complete” from last year:

  • Traveled at least one new place
  • Completed Consecration to Mary
  • Saw Matthew Kelly speak
  • Attended a spiritual retreat
  • Began my journey to get healthy and hired a personal trainer
  • Learned to compost to reduce my household waste
  • Put a priority on buying local produce
  • Began learning and reading about the industrial food chain, becoming more aware and more conscious of my daily decisions
  • Started this blog!
  • Set and stuck to a monthly grocery bill of $60/week [previously $100]
  • Finished KonMari Tidying project and reduced my belongings by 70%
  • Applied to a Fulbright Fellowship
  • Saw Gregory Alan Isakov live for the second time
  • Began using positive affirmations from Louise Hay
  • Focused my energies on investing in friendships and familial relationships
  • Managed my own project at work


  1. Really Simple Goal Setting from ZenHabits
  2. 50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Each Of Them from LifeHack
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