I haven’t exactly jumped into 2017 with both feet. It’s not because I have anything against 2017 or any apprehensions about this upcoming year, it’s more that it just didn’t make sense to really kick off 2017 right away.
You may have noticed, but I took a bit of a holiday in December, a holiday which was spent in Canada, visiting families, and overcoming a cold. We stayed until after New Years, so I’d already decided it didn’t make sense to start working on my goals until we got back (clearly, I am a master procrastinator).
When we returned to Leeds, I gave myself a couple of days to readjust as I feared I would be suffering jet lag, and didn’t really want to feel like a failure just five days into the New Year.
Well, this turned out to be one of the greatest decisions in my life.
Since we’ve been back, I’ve been struck down by the worst case of jet lag in human history (maybe a bit hyperbolic, but it’s the worst case of jet lag in this human’s history), which has only gotten worse as the days wear on.
This is why we’re nearly two weeks into the new year and I’m just now getting my act together, and getting started on this whole new year, new me thing (although, I’d really like to think of it as new year, better me).
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the life and travel goal I’m looking to achieve in 2017.
2017 in a word: Discipline
I didn’t set out to pick one word to sum up my goals for 2017, but the more I thought about what I wanted to achieve this year, the more one word kept popping up: Discipline.
At the beginning of last year, I was really good about sticking to my routine, writing every day and growing my blog, and I was so happy about my progress, but mid-summer while we were in between Madrid and Leeds I let it all slip and have had a really hard time back on track ever since. So, this year I would like to try to be more disciplined–this will apply to my writing, working, eating, exercising, and pretty much every aspect of my life.
- Drink more water.
- Exercise Regularly.
- Limit Alcohol.
Such a cliche, right? I think pretty much everyone wakes up on January 1 (or January 9 in my case) and strives to be healthier. It’s a goal I’ve had for years and will have for years to come. This year, I’ve decided to focus on three areas to help me live a healthier life. I would like to drink more water, exercise regularly and limit my alcohol intake–I figure these three goals will work together to help me look great and feel my best.
Grow Freelance Business
This is carryover goal from 2016. Every few months I’m struck with an energy and put a lot of effort into growing my freelance business. But, as quickly as that lightning strikes, it seems to fade. This year, I would like to be more consistent and really give this whole freelancing thing a go.
Write Every Day
For the first half of 2016, I was great about carving out time every day to write and I loved it. I felt like I was honing my skills and really growing as a writer. And then, mid-2016 hit and I succumbed to laziness, procrastination and perfectionism, and pretty much stopped writing altogether. For which I felt totally guilty. Well, 2017 is a clean slate, so I’d like to start over and try to again carve out time to write each day–whether it’s 30 minutes or a couple of hours, I’d like to practice my goal of being disciplined and type for at least a little while each and every day.
- #Take12Trips. The #Take12Trips Challenge encourages everyone to take at least one trip a month–whether it’s a longer adventure or a simple day trip to a new or favourite place nearby. I absolutely loved taking part in the #Take12Trips Challenge last year and have decided to take part again. I can’t wait to get out and further explore England, the UK and beyond.
- Visit five new countries. Last year, my goal was to visit 10 new countries, which I am so happy to say I did. 🎉 But, last year was a bit of an anomaly, a splendid, wonderful anomaly. This year, with both Dave and I working, and Dave going to school, I know we won’t have as much time to jet off as we did. That’s why in 2017 I would like to visit just five new countries. While my travel bucket list is long (isn’t everyone’s?!) I’ve decided to set my sights on Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for 2017. All of these countries are easily accessible from Leeds, so fingers crossed we can find a reasonably priced flight (or trains, or buses, or horse drawn carriages) and can take a weekend city break in each of those countries.
Try Something New
- Rock climbing. If you’ve read this blog at all in the past year, you’ll have noticed that I have a pretty embarrassing fear of heights. It hasn’t held me back that much (it’s only caused me to sweat and shake a tremendous amount), but it’s something I would like to try to overcome. To take the first step, I’ve decided I want to try rock climbing. Nothing extreme, just a little indoor bouldering where I’ll be wearing a safety harness and a helmet (which are two of the things I always ask for when I feel vertically uncomfortable) to get me comfortable with being off the ground. There are a couple of places near our flat, so I’m just looking for the right day to take the leap and scale that wall!
Read book from countries I’ve visited (26)
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my What I Read post, my goal this year is to read a book set in each of the countries I’ve had the chance to explore so far. This will not only up my goal from 18 books to 26, which I think is completely do-able, but it will force me to look for new authors and genres that I would otherwise ignore. So much bookworm growth!
Given that it might be difficult to find books set in each country, I’m looking for any and all recommendations you can share with me, reader-friends. If you’re read a great (or even semi-okay but entertaining) book set in one of the countries listed below, please share the title!
Austria • Belgium • Belarus • Canada • Costa Rica • Czech Republic • Denmark • Estonia • Finland • France • Germany • Hungary • Italy • Jamaica • Morocco • Netherlands • Nicaragua • Poland • Portugal • Russia • Slovakia • Spain • Sweden • Switzerland • United Kingdom • United States
Be A Better Human
- Be more positive. As 2016 wound down, I started to notice that I was getting a bit (a lot) negative with my thinking and some of the comments that were coming out of my mouth. I don’t really know why, maybe it was the stress of everything from the last few months finally getting to me, whatever the reason I didn’t like it. I don’t want to be *that person* and I seriously don’t want to be responsible for putting even more negativity out there (there’s enough already) so I’ve decided to put in a good effort to be a much more positive and less judgmental human this year.
We’re only a few days into the new year, but I already have the feeling that it’s going to be a wonderful year full of adventures, travel and so many memories.
What are your goals for 2017?
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