visions, intentions and goals for 2017

OK I swear I will get over the cliché new year posts soon… but I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to this topic.

There is something so incredibly sweet about the start of a new year. I am all about the start of a new week, or a new month – but a new YEAR is even better. I crave goal setting, envisioning my life and making new intentions. There’s no better time of year to do that then the new year when the slate is wiped clean and you can start from scratch.

I know some people get mouthy about the new year and clean slates, starting from scratch and setting goals, but I think it is important to do and extremely healthy for the mind, body and soul.

I like to think of the new year as a fresh start to re-focus, re-charge and re-set all aspects of my life. It’s the perfect time to revisit all of last years goals ( the ones you set last January 1, and the ones you set throughout the year ) and make sure that you are on the right track with them, that you are still working towards them, that you met & accomplished them and are proud of your work, and to re-evaluate some things that maybe aren’t working as well as you’d like in your life and start fresh for the next twelve months.

On January 1, I wrote about my plan to slow down for 2017.

I outlined exactly how I planned on slowing down with a list of things that I wanted to do more of and some things that I wanted to do less of, and honestly writing that post was so eye opening. It really made me WANT to slow down even more than I had intended to.

During the week leading up to Christmas – my absolute favourite week of the year, I got really sick and I basically didn’t do anything for 6 days. I didn’t really feel as though I was in the Christmas spirit, I didn’t have my Christmas shopping done, I hadn’t wrapped any gifts, I hadn’t baked anything ( & never got the chance to! ) and I just felt extremely exhausted, overwhelmed and anxious on top of grossly sick. This sickness was a real game-changer. It opened my eyes to just how far I constantly push myself. I’m always out & about, running the roads, making sure that I never say ‘no’ to anyone’s coffee date, wandering the malls aimlessly and not taking time for me.

The number one thing that I want to focus on for 2017 is me, self-love and self-care. The others are just added bonuses.

2017 to-do list:

/ slowing down:

Like I said, my number one goal for this year is to slow down & take time for me. Self-care is SO important and I find myself constantly brushing it off, but no more. I’m going to take the time for massages, to go on walks, to take a hot bath and to read books because I deserve it ( and you do, too! ).

/ work harder than ever on TIB:

I feel like I have such a big love affair with writing and creating, but so often ‘real’ life seems to get in the way. Being a consistent blogger in general is SO hard. Add in being a ‘young’ blog, trying growing your community, continuing to find your voice and still working two other jobs & being a full-time student and sometimes I feel like my head is going to pop off. I am so in love with creating this space though, so I need to dedicate more time to it in 2017.

/ start running again:

Running is another thing that I have such a huge love affair with, but I feel like right now we’ve been taking a break for far toooo long. I used to run every morning but for the past ~6 months, I completely stopped. I miss running, feeling strong + healthy and pushing myself, so I am determined to make that commitment again.

/ clean eating:

I feel better when I eat lean, clean and green, so it only makes sense for that to be the lifestyle that I live. I love making trips to the farmer’s market and to the local ‘healthy’ grocery store, so why the heck not do it more often? I am also focused on saving money in relation to food that I am eating – less snacking, less fast-food sandwiches and less often buying treats.

/ focus on happiness from within:

Allowing myself to be in control my own happiness is something that I really want to focus on in 2017. There is nothing more fulfilling than accomplishing something, reaching a goal, being with yourself and truly radiating happiness just because.

/ do more yoga:

This is similar to running… I used to practice yoga 4-5 times a week and I haven’t really focused on yoga or stretching in a few months. I don’t know what it was about the latter half of 2016, but something really knocked me around and I stopped focusing on things that I really wish I didn’t. This year I am going to make time for yoga and stretch daily because I know how good it makes me feel.

some of things that I want to continue to do that have been incorporated in my life in 2016 are:

+ meditating daily ( even twice daily, some days when I know it is needed! )

+ journaling my thoughts & getting them down on paper

+ learning ways to cope with my anxiety & incorporating them into my daily routines

+ spending more time with my family and friends

+ saying ‘no’ more often

+ spending more time outside

+ saving more money than I am spending

how i intend 2017 to make me feel:

/ purposeful:

I am on a mission to empower, strengthen and bring value to my life and others’ lives. I know where I’ve been, I know where I’m headed and I’m ready to do it with a purpose.

/ healthy:

Healthy in all aspects of my life – emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical. Self-care and self-love will help a lot with the emotional/mental/spiritual side of things and running/yoga/clean eating will be key to feeling physically healthy.

/ grounded:

My anxiety has been off the charts for the majority of 2016, and I am so not ready to let it try to creep in and take over 2017, too. I crave balance, routine and structure in all aspects of my life so I need to give myself more of these so that my mental health will be stronger.

/ strong:

Physically, I feel as though my health has gone down a bit. I haven’t put on an unhealthy amount of weight, I haven’t been doing unhealthy things, I just haven’t been doing as many healthy things as I was used to. Basically, I just want to be able to climb the 8 flights of steps at school without feeling weak this semester ( kidding, but not really ).

/ creatively satisfied:

This goes hand-in-hand with focusing on this blog more. I love how creative photography, writing and figuring out posts makes me feel and I’m determined to do more of that this year.

/ accomplished:

In school, with the blog, at work, and in my personal life. I thrive off of accomplishing goals and checking things off to-do lists. I love working hard on something and being rewarded with a good grade, a smile or a ‘this is great’.

2017 is going to be such a good year. I really, truly believe it will be.

Have you set any goals or intentions for 2017? What are your visions for the new year?

x JE


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