Welcome to 2017!
I have high hopes for the new year. In fact, I’ve spent the last few days thinking about exactly what kind of year I want 2017 to be. I’ve made lists. I’ve made second lists. I’ve even scribbled on sticky notes because I have a problem and just really love making lists.
And I finally have a handle on what I want to focus on this year!
I’m prioritizing self-care.
The last few months at work have been unbelievably stressful. It’s the first job where I feel like I’m swamped from the minute I walk in to the minute I leave. And worst of all, I’m taking work stress home with me! I’m worrying about things I can’t change and it’s affecting my relationships and mental health. Don’t get me wrong — I enjoy my work. But the stress…not so much.
So in 2017, I’m going to work on my stress-management. I’m going to make a point to leave my work at work and take charge of my mental well-being.
To do that, I’m emphasizing fitness, conscious eating and mindfulness. I’m also making a point to read more, journal often and listen to podcasts rather than watch tv. Most importantly, I’m trying to be kinder to myself.
I’m planning activities in advance.
Last year, I struggled to follow through on plans. I usually let others take the lead when planning so talking about doing things didn’t always turn into doing things.
This year, I’m sitting down with a calendar and my list of must-do activities, and I’m picking dates! I’m letting work know in advance, inviting people to come along and making things happen.
There are only so many weekends in a year and I’m going to make them all count.
I’m starting a photography project!
Photography has become a major artistic outlet for me. Over the past year, I’ve explored so many awesome places and taken pictures with some really great people. I’ve even found a small community of photographers who really get me!
This year, I’m excited to dive even deeper into photography by starting a 365 day project! By taking at least one picture every day, I aim to develop my skills and stretch my artistic legs to explore some new styles. Plus, this will totally help justify the insane amount of money I’m going to spend when I pick up the new Canon 6D II rumored to be coming out this spring.
I’m getting back to my personal projects.
I admit, I’ve let my blogging slide. It hasn’t been a priority since I started work because…well…work. But my life extends beyond the office and I want to refocus more energy into my personal projects.
I’m going to set a goal to post at least one blog post a week. That’s doable, right?
I’ve also recently gotten involved with an awesome outdoor program, Wild Wilderness Women. I’ll serve as the the Denver ambassador as well as a new board member as of this year. I can’t wait to start contributing and organizing local trips!
Still working on your plans for 2017?
There’s still time to create a focus list of your own! When planning for 2017, emphasize what really matters to you. Identify your priorities — what do you really want from your life this year? What changes do you want to make? What kind of life are you willing to work toward?
Make sure you set achievable goals, rather than lofty ambitions. And keep in mind, it helps to frame changes as ‘adding’ good things to your life rather than ‘subtracting’ bad things. For some reason, our brains just handle that better.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re focused on for 2017!