In true blogger fashion, I figured an obligatory "New Years, New Goals!" post was necessary. It's in the handbook, after all. I've been battling with what kind of goals I want to make this year. I know goals by definition should be "smart" (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based), but this year, most of mine are a little more abstract. For me, 2017 will be more about changing my mentality than actually achieving something specific. Maybe I'll come up with something a little more direct in the weeks to come, but for now, this is what I'm feelin':
2017 GOALSTrust my decisions. If you've ever been out to dinner with me, you know that I always ask the server, "this or that?" I rarely buy a piece of clothing without texting pictures to my friends first. I'm constantly asking Ryan, "should I pick up this shift? What do you think? Should I keep my day off? What are your thoughts?" Translation: I don't trust my own judgement enough to make simple decisions on my own. I'd like to become more independent in this sense in 2017.
Run 10 miles a week for one month, and see what it does for my mind & body. I'm not a huge runner, and I'm not necessarily dying to become one. But I also know that when I'm involved in an active cardio routine (combined with a healthier diet), I look and feel so much better. I love HIIT workouts, and I'd like to get back into those too, but sometimes I just need a good run.
Get better at texting back. I'm the worst about reading a text, and then putting my phone down without responding for no apparent reason. While it might not be a big deal in the grand scheme of life, it still looks a little rude, and I think it's still something worth working on.
Spend more time with the people I love. Reach out more. Call more. Invite more. Make more plans. Make more trips. Time flies by entirely too quickly, and that catch up lunch date isn't going to schedule itself.
Keep my money stress at bay. As a broke graduate student, money (or lack thereof) is almost always at the forefront of my mind. Sometimes I get really overwhelmed with the amount of debt I'm going to graduate with, how much money I'm putting on credit cards for groceries, how many shifts I'll be able to pick up during the school week without overburdening myself, etc. While it's important to stay on top of my finances and to not spend frivolously, I think it's equally as important to make memories, to have experiences, to go on trips, to buy the new pair of sandals when your old ones are falling apart at the seams. In a nutshell, I don't want to beat myself up over an occasional frivolous penny if it seems that penny might bring me a bit of joy.