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2017 Goals: 6-Month Update

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on June 21, 2017

We’re halfway through the year, and I don’t even know what to say. Is this what being old feels like? Feeling continuously shocked by how quickly the year is going?

For 2017, I decided that I was going to take my goals a little more seriously. To keep myself more accountable of these goals I set for myself, I decided to do check-in periods every quarter where I would review my progress with my goals for the year. I knew that when I set these goals, I wanted to take them seriously, so writing these posts are helpful because I am reminded of what I want to achieve this year. You can read my 3-month update on my 2017 goals.

Personal Goals:

1| Read 8-10 books throughout 2017

I’m up to seven books this year and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve been focusing on this goal for 2017. In my 3-month update, I said I was thinking about hitting this goal by summer, which is today, so I don’t think that is going to happen.

2| Plan 2-3 trips for 2017

So far, we went to Boston. Instead of focusing only on “big” travel plans, I want this to be more about traveling and experiencing new places I’ve never been before even if they’re weekend trips. I’m also considering a trip to visit my friend in San Francisco this winter. I’ll be sure to keep you guys up-to-date on my travel plans!

3| Achieve my career goals for 2017

I can officially cross this one off my list because I have been working so hard for the last six months at work to achieve all my goals for the year and I’m happy to say this is one I don’t have to keep stressing about for the second half of the year. Now it’s time to focus on my other goals.

4| Focus on my vision board

I said in my 3-month update that I want to write a series of posts on how to make a vision board, what I’ve learned from using this method to achieve my goals, etc. If you’re interested in seeing a post on this, leave a comment below! I am planning this for my July/August content calendar but it went on hold for spring because a lot of my time and energy was focused on work.

Blogging Goals:

1| Focus on my blog direction

This can officially be crossed off my list because after six months of content being put out, I feel that my blog direction and theme has truly changed for the better. I feel better writing the content I’ve been putting on the blog since I decided to write more about self care, lifestyle, minimalism and overall wellness and living a life of bliss.

2| Increase blog social media engagement by 20 percent

Although I can say that my engagement has definitely increased a ton of Twitter and Instagram, I can’t say the same for Facebook. But it’s all a work in progress, right?

3| Take more risks

Well, I took one amazing risk thanks to my lovely friend Erin! We did a collab on a monthly challenge where we gave challenges to help you relax and refresh your mind for February. The challenges focused on mental clarity and self-care, which are two topics I’m passionate about. I’m hoping to collab with bloggers more throughout the year and take more blogging risks overall. Stay tuned to read more on this!

Financial Goals:

1| Put an extra $8-10,000 into savings

I’m still on track to achieve this goal a several months earlier than anticipated, which makes me incredibly happy. I know saving in your 20s is so important, and it’s something I want to keep focusing on for the remainder of 2017. If you want to read posts on how I save money, let me know in the comments!

2| Track my spending regularly

It’s a lot of work to continuously update your spendings. I’m not someone who wants to track everything I spend because I realize it causes more stress than happiness. I’m more than comfortable with what I’m spending and saving since I don’t spend much to begin with. You feel? I’m realizing this isn’t the “goal” I originally set out to do in 2017, so I’m updating it to reflect my lifestyle. Instead, I want to make sure I’m spending the majority of my money on necessities: food, bills; and a small portion of my money each month is spending money for a pedicure, haircut or treating myself to happy hour.

Health Goals:

1| Increase my weekly running distance

I’ve realized this is something we’re still not focusing on because we have been focusing more of our workouts to high intensity interval training where we will run hard for one minute and then walk for two minutes. We repeat this cycle 8-10 times before finishing off with a cool down of walking for 15 minutes and stretching. Once we get more into running for distance, I’ll be sure to update you on this goal.

2| Don’t focus on numbers

I truly stopped caring about numbers I have found that it has done wonders for my self-esteem and happiness altogether. I said it once, and I’ll say it again: NUMBERS. DO. NOT. MATTER. Once you stop focusing on the numbers and more on how you feel, you will see a huge difference in how you feel about working out and your body image altogether.

3| Focus on workouts I enjoy

I’e been loving my Tuesday and Thursday workouts, which have been a combination of different abdominal, leg and arm strength-training exercises that I do in sets of 2 or 3. It usually takes about 45 minutes of working out and I’ll finish with stretching for 15 minutes. It’s wonderful to spend time working out when you love the workouts you’re doing.

How have you been doing on your goals for 2017? Check your list you made a few months ago and start working on how you can work on them for the next few months! Make sure to leave a comment below saying what goals you have been working on/already have achieved this year!

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Things I Want to Treat Myself to in 2017

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 4, 2017

I am a firm believer in treating yourself regularly, but I don’t mean with an occasional glass of wine or your favorite chocolate. Granted, it’s perfectly fine if you want to treat yourself to those things because wine and chocolate make everything better—amiright?

Instead, I want to share important things I want to treat myself to now that a new year is upon us.

1| Frequent Self Care

There are some months where I practice self care regularly, and there are other periods of time where I go months without proper self care. For 2017, I want to make self care a main priority because it’s important to keeping yourself sane, happy and healthy. Spend a Saturday at home reading, drawing, or with your closest friends or family. Spend time on activities and hobbies you enjoy. And don’t feel guilty about doing so. You deserve it.

2| A Spontaneous Adventure

In 2016, I was able to take rather spontaneous trips: one to Albany and one to Texas. Both were incredible and definitely were highlights because I got to visit two college friends that I don’t see as often now that we have all graduated and live in different places. in 2017, I want to treat myself to an unexpected adventure or trip. I don’t know what it will be, but I can’t wait to find out!

3| Invest in Quality Items

Since I have been practicing minimalism more throughout 2016, I want to continue those habits and focus on this lifestyle more in 2017 as well. One of the main lessons I’ve taken away from minimalism is that I have changed my spending habits and what items I bring into my home whether it’s an article of clothing, or something for my home. In 2017, I want to treat myself to high-quality items for myself, but only if I truly need them. Quality over quantity is very important to me with this lifestyle in mind.

4| Breaks & Time Off

I work hard, and I know that I deserve time off. I also know that I deserve to spend my days off not thinking about work. For 2017, I want make sure that my days off are truly spent taking time away from work and focusing on other things. I don’t want to be the person who checks their email or takes business calls on their vacation or on a Sunday. I’m treating myself to a life outside of work that I truly love because work should never control your life in that way.

5| Time for Myself

Everyone deserves time for themselves. Time to read, relax, workout, have a coffee date with yourself or treat yourself to your favorite sushi. I want 2017 to be a year where I consistently treat myself to time where I can go alone to my favorite sushi restaurant and not feel awkward, or spend a weekend alone and find complete comfort knowing that I don’t need to make plans to have a fun weekend. I want to focus on independence and time for myself.

What are you treating yourself to in 2017? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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