Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Hello 2017!

Thank gosh that's over, huh? Bring on the fresh diaries, the clean calendars and lets all practice writing 2017 a couple of times before we have to write it on any actual paperwork. Perhaps the less said about 2016, the better, but I quickly recap my goals every year, and embracing that I don't always get where I wanted is healthy motivation. Then for my 2017 goals I decided to go a little more abstract, because I want to focus on how things make me feel this year. Anyway...



Things I wanted to do at the beginning of 2016:
Travel. 
I went to Milan and Munich so I'm calling this a win! I didn't get to visit my 'Murican friends but every year we get closer and make more plans. I'm sure they'll happen eventually.
More degree work. 
I didn't complete first year like I planned, which wasn't possible because of how university terms work, but I'm super close and I'm getting pretty good grades.
Catch up on my 30 Before 30 List. 
Nope. Super behind. Definitely going to have a re-think of this before my re-cap on the 20th.
Reach 500 Blog followers. 
Oh beginning-of-2016-Imogen, so optimistic. 
Be happy. 
It was a year of ups and downs, wasn't it?

Things I want to do in 2017: 
Find a balance.
I started doing new things in 2016, and it threw my physical and mental health completely off. This year, instead of hanging on by my fingertips, I'd like to set my feet on the ground and find a way of doing what I want to do without my health paying the high price. It's definitely going to mean compromise, which isn't going to be fun, but this is about the bigger picture.
Replace.
I have a lot of things that I've had forever, don't get rid of and don't get new ones because I already have some that I've spent money on. Bad-fitting clothes, books I don't have an interest in anymore, even furniture. This year I want to see out with the old, and invest in the new.
Blog less.
Yes, you read that right. I've been trying pretty hard to blog 2+ times a week and that worked for me for a good while but lately it just isn't. It puts this numerical value over my head when really I just want to be writing posts I'm proud of, and sometimes they take me longer than they probably should. I also really want to write more in-the-now posts. I write a lot of wrap-ups, I write a lot of plans, I don't really keep you updated in-between. I just need to figure out how to write that way and give myself the chance! And hopefully with a little less time on my own blog, I can spend more time supporting and loving other blogs.
Tick off the practical.
It's time to take my driving test, answer emails, book meetings. All that grown-up stuff that I like to avoid. It might even be time... to try a bullet journal. If I can keep on top of this stuff then I won't have to keep taking big chunks of time out to catch up.

How is your 2017 going? What are your goals?

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