Cheers to 2016 & 2017!!

Happy New Years, Readers!!

I spent a gigantic chunk of my weekend reading so many of my favorite blogger's posts on their new years resolutions, their goals, their ideas and plans for 2017. I really loved hearing the fresh ideas and seeing all the fantastic schedules of goals you have set for yourself. As I sit here with my two dogs snuggled up on the couch watching Netflix, I caved and decided to share my resolutions and my word for 2017. 

cut bad habits

2016 has been one of the best years ever for me! However, this year has also made me fall into some pretty yucky and stupid habits. I have way more habits to cut than I'd like, but I'd like to start with less laziness. I'd like to stop avoiding the entire working out thing and get my ass to the gym. I'd really like to stop avoiding all of my school responsibilities until last minute...that will most likely be the toughest one. Only because I am pretty last minute with everything in my life lately! LOL. 

blog more 

I'd really like to focus on blogging 10 times more than I have been. With a small break from college, I've gotten more done in the last two weeks than I have in months. I hope to keep this entire motivation thing going into 2017. If I can keep it going for the next 12 months...even better!! I've found myself with so many more ideas and plans so I think I'm off to a great start. Woo-hoo!!

try new things

I am a total creature of habit and rarely step outside the box. I avoid conflict and situations that will epically fail as much as possible. Blogging has taught me to do new things, be bold and do whatever you want to do for yourself. I hope in 2017 I step outside the box more and take more risks in life, blogging & school. I love a good challenge, I might end up loving the entire "try something new" motto, too!! 

write more

I always keep blogging & writing separate (I know, weird). They also mean two totally different things to me. My writing is something I don't necessarily share with anyone, maybe eventually, but not right away. I have notebooks filled with my writing. I slacked a lot throughout 2016 (I was 100% focused on launching and forgot everything else), I'd like to get back to it and fill another notebook this month!! 

My Word of the Year: 


I have found myself looking at this word on and off all day. I decided early this morning that enthusiastic was going to be my word for 2017. [[For my family who is reading and wondering what the heck "my word for the year" is, bloggers, entrepreneurs, photographers, writers, etc. share on social media their word for 2017!]] This word is something I am hoping to bring to my business world and blog! Enthusiastic seems so fitting for everything I'm shooting for on my list of goals in 2017! Here we goooooo!!! 

& to wrap this up...

As I sit here and write this blog post in my cozy, fuzzy bathrobe and binge watching season 4 of Gossip Girl, I was pausing every few minutes because I was looking for old photos that I stashed away on my old MacBook this year. I wasn't looking for them to post any online or share, I just wanted to look at them for myself. From that picture, I scrolled through to the next picture and to the next. I found myself reflecting on everything I did this year. I even reflected on everything I didn't do this year. There were a lot of amazing moments. I think some of them I overlooked and didn't think were amazing at the time but looking back, I quickly noticed how significant they were. 2016 had some awesome days. 2016 had some bad days. 2016 had some of my favorite & least favorite memories.

I lost friends, I gained friends. I made mistakes and I made some amazing decisions. I had a few bad dates, (maybe) one good. Finally made Dean's List and laughed when I realized I actually did it. I had some amazing ideas that I turned into a reality and I had ideas that I have yet to pursue. Either way, everything worked itself out and I am and always have been a firm believer in "everything happens for a reason," & I came out on top. 2017 better be good to me, 2016 sure was. 

I've got to hand it to this past year though, I think I grew up a lot. I feel like I changed a lot. I feel like I accomplished a lot. I feel more like myself than I have in quite a few years. I'm not sure if that is me finding the old me again or if it is me finding the newer version of myself because I'm different. Whatever it is, I like it. I can honestly say I am proud of myself and all of my accomplishments that I made this past year. 

Onward to 2017, I'm sure I'll find something amazing, something interesting, something heartbreaking and something involving a fresh start in the new year. Finding alllllll those things in each and every new year is what makes them memorable. It wouldn't be a successful year without a lesson in each of those categories. 

Don't forget to make your New Year's Resolutions!! 


Love Always,