Hello lovelies and happy new year!!!! I just can not believe how fast 2016 flew by! If you haven't already, check out my "Things I Loved in 2016" post, just to catch a glimpse of how my year went. Now it's 2017! A time, and a place for change.
Lets be real here....everyone is hoping for change in the new year.
No matter where you're at in your life, change is always a good thing to strive for. No matter who you are, or where you're headed, we all have things we want to work on.
This year, I'm ready to begin the wind of change. I'm ready to embrace uncertainty and just roll with it. I'm ready to let go of things, people, and situations that no longer serve or bring joy to me.
As 2017 begins, and I open up the page to January I gasp a little bit. I'm still in shock that 2016 has ended. It had been a year of change, full of personal growth, and so many damn changes. So many. 2016 was a year for the books, for sure. As strange as it may sounds, I can't believe I made it this far. I never would have thought that at twenty three, I would be in Texas. I never would have imagined that I would have the guts to do something so drastic as to move cross country on whim, to such an unfamiliar place. That at twenty three, I would be engaged to my best friend, being able to walk hand in hand through this journey. In 2016 I learned a very valuable lesson....
To never be too comfortable. To never be satisfied. To never settle. To keep striving and working for more. To push yourself so far outside your comfort zone it scares you.
And that is the very thing I will do in 2017.
I've never been one to do "resolutions" more of a general goal, or idea. Today I will be sharing with you a few key goals I have for 2017.
Plan our wedding
In August of 2016 we became engaged, and now...it's time to begin planning our wedding! For the longest time, I never wanted an actual "wedding" I wanted a small, intimate elopement somewhere beautiful, but not your typical courthouse elopement. I've always dreamed of a destination elopement. To go somewhere breathtakingly beautiful and have a small ceremony, just the two of us. Dustin and I have quite a bit to think about in 2017 regarding marriage, our future and all of the stuff that comes along with it. I've never been the type of girl that's had her wedding already planned out, so for me, this is hard. I definitely want to begin looking at dresses soon, and just weighing all my options. With our engagement, big move and just dealing with this huge transitional period, we just haven't had the time, or energy to begin thinking about planning a wedding. 2017 will definitely be one interesting year.
Begin school - kinda
For years, I have been wanting to attend college, but I could never afford it. I knew coming fresh out of high school, that my dreams of attending art school, or a 4+ year college wouldn't happen right off. Shortly after graduating school, I pursued my love of hair, skin, and makeup and received my Cosmetology license. I loved that it suited my passion and dedication to celebrating beauty, and taking care of people from all walks of life. After a few years of practicing under my license, I finally know what I want to begin studying. This year I would like to being school, if I can receive any financial aid. I'm unsure if I have to wait a year to claim residency in the state of Texas, or if I have to wait. Either way, I finally know what path I'd like to begin walking on, and for that I'm so very excited. I truly do not want to wait, but if I can save a ton of cash money, I'm going to do what is best for me.
In 2016 I swear, all Dustin and I did was travel. All over the state of Maine, and all throughout New England. I'm grateful we did before we had moved for sure. Maine will always be home, and eventually when the time is right, we will definitely move back. I don't think I've ever felt so eager to travel in my life. My soul is lusting and hungry for it. I'm ready to see Austin, San Antonio, Amarillo, and then begin to see various states across the country. I'm ready to see new things, eat new eats, and snap photos along the way. This life was meant for living, and I'm ready to start doing just that.
Upgrade my wardrobe
This might sound totally random, or maybe not. In 2016 I did a lot of purging, and selling of my old clothes. I purchased a few key things, and I'm ready to begin building a bigger, better wardrobe for myself. When I first made it to Dallas, I went and sold a ton of things at a cute thrift shop downtown and bought a few vintage pieces. Just by walking into that small resale shop, it had inspired me. I knew right then and there I needed to make a few changes, and upgrade my wardrobe. I wanted to feel confident, and beautiful in any outfit I would put on from that day forward.
Learn how to cook
I feel like I completely suck at cooking. I absolutely hate it. I'm terrified of hurting myself by fire. Growing up I was never really taught how to cook, so in my adult hood I'm struggling just a bit. I'm super thankful that Dustin can cook, and is so very good at it, but I feel as though I need to pitch in. I know how to cook, in general, but I'm horrible at it. I can never cook meat all the way through, unless it's some sort of meatloaf or in a casserole. I'm just no good at cooking and this year, I really want to change all that. On Christmas Dustin gave me a giftcard to "Half Priced Books" it was seriously so thoughtful because all I've wanted was new books for the past six months. I picked up six books, with three on nutrition, but only two cook books. I also really want to take a cooking class or two, I've heard they can be so much fun (and you get wine!) This year I'm ready to learn new skills and get cookin.
Push my limits in fitness
Everyone who reads my blog, or knows me personally knows that I'm a total gym rat. My love for health and fitness is something I'm extremely passionate about, ever since I was a little girl. 2016 was an amazing year in terms of fitness, especially this past September. This September, Dustin and I joined his gym located at his work. I was in shock how much it had to offer us. It had specialty classes every single day (free) a pool, a hot tub, sauna, tennis and volleyball courts and even an outdoor as well as indoor track. I had full access to multiple types of classes, trainers, and even help with nutrition. This quickly became my new favorite gym, it showed me that Planet Fitness really could never compare, and that I was happy to be out of there. In the past few months I've been taking a lot of "flow yoga" and "pilates yoga fusion yoga" type of classes and I'm loving it. I'm getting more in tune with my spirituality, and body. This year I want to step it up a notch and really put my health at the forefront, not that I didn't before, but I want it to be a much larger focus. I'd love to start taking HIIT classes, and more intense classes at the gym. I want to transform my body, and become the best version of myself possible.
Reading and writing will always be my first love. Really, it's my whole love. It's what I'm most passionate about. Running this blog has helped me continue my passion, on a much smaller scale, and that's a good and bad thing. I haven't been writing short stories, or really any poetry for the longest time. This year I want to read more, even if it's blogs. I want to write more, write the content that I'm so very passionate about. I want to get back to how I used to be with writing. I'd also love to begin to learn a bit more about photography and amp up my blog game. This year, I'm ready for it.
What are your plans/goals for the new year? Share them with me down below!