So January and February were like free trial months for 2017, right? Anyone else feel that way? I certainly do. I just couldn’t seem to get it together in January and clearly February either. Its been crazy. A new year is a great way to reflection, refresh, and make resolutions. Whether the resolutions are changes you want to see that you disliked in 2016 or things you plan to do that you never had a chance to before. I’m not just referring to changes such as working out more and drinking more water (although those are always great things to strive for). So now that my 59 day free trial is over I wanted to share with you my reflections on 2016 and some resolutions I have for 2017.
#1. 2016 was quick. It flew by, and now I’m sitting here trying to remember everything that happened… and it all seems like a blur.
#2. 2016 was rough. Between Stephen and I, there were lots of uncertainty, lots of change, and a lot of hard decisions. Towards the end of 2016 I caught myself thinking “please just let 2016 end.” I wanted a new start, and to start writing Day 1 of 365.
#3. 2016 was a learning experience. With all the toughness that 2016 brought us, I know I ended 2016 a strong person. I learned that I can in fact make it through when I felt like I couldn’t go on.
#4. 2016 was a dull year. When reflecting on my accomplishments and things I am proud of that I did in 2016, I really came up with nothing. That may be partly because I’m extremely hard on myself, but I also really think that I didn’t DO much. I didn’t challenge myself. I didn’t try to do new things or to better myself.
#5. 2016 was goal-less. This kind of goes with #4, but I didn’t really set any resolutions in 2016. Partly because I knew I wouldn’t work very hard at keeping them… whoops.
#1. Slow Down – with 2016 flying by for me, I really want to focus on living each day and enjoying the moments and events in 2017. Its so easy to get caught up in the routine and the mundane activities of day to day life.
#2. Have Faith – now I’m not saying I lost my faith in 2016, rather I’m saying I need to have a little more faith and trust in God when it comes to the hard times I’ll for sure run into in 2017. I’m sure lots of people can relate to me when I say that sometimes I forget that I’m not necessary writing my own story. God has a plan for me and He created my story when he created me in the image of His likeness. What God brings me to, He will also bring me through it. Everything that I experience, everything that tests me is for a reason and I need to trust that.
#3. Be Positive – I hope that I can take a more positive perspective on everything. Inherently I always think the WORST possible thing/outcome/result. I hope that in 2017 I can accept the challenges and tough times life throws at me and not just think of it as a negative thing.
#4. Challenge Myself – I want to make a list of challenges I want to complete, things I want to check off my bucket list, and things I want to accomplish in 2017. I really want to make 2017 a year I can look back on and be proud of.
#5. Set Goals – luckily, by writing this blog post I am already starting on this resolution! YAY ME. I want to set goals in 2017. Not only for me personally, but also for this blog. I want something to reach for, to strive for, to work for. I’m a very competitive person, and I know that I will work harder if I have set a goal that I want to reach.
Hopefully this was insightful for you! Maybe you haven’t had time to reflect on your 2016 or maybe you haven’t made any resolutions for 2017 yet. If you have any resolutions for 2017 you’d like to share, comment down below and let me know what they are!