It’s the first day of 2017! Which means that it is time for me to set some 2017 goals! HELL YEAH!
I’m a big believer in setting goals to help me achieve what I want to achieve. I like achieving. It feels really good. Goals are an easy way for me to keep myself on track and help me do everything I want to do in a year. I’ve seen very mixed opinions across the internet about whether or not you should share your goals with other people. Personally, I like sharing my goals. I like talking about them on this blog because I’m hoping that sharing will keep me accountable. And goals make for really uplifting and optimistic content.
The goals that I have planned for 2017 are mixed, but make a lot of sense if you’ve followed my 2016 journey on this blog. There are some goals that have been carried over from 2016 because I didn’t quite get there. And there are some completely new goals that I am very keen to get stuck into. This is going to be a LONG post so grab yourself a cup of green tea and settle down to read about how ambitious I am planning to be in 2017. These are my 2017 goals:
17 in 2017
1. Continue doing yoga 5 x a week.
Yoga has been absolutely wonderful for my physical and mental health so far this year (check out this blog post for more!). I want to continue this habit to grow as a human. And to improve my yoga practice itself. I’ve already noticed that I am stronger and can do poses that I couldn’t do when I started. I want to continue with this and get stronger and more flexible. Yoga also has been doing wonders for my mental health. I’ve noticed that I miss it when I skip more than 1 day.
I’m starting January off with a 30 day yoga challenge, which you can find here. Ideally, I would like to do yoga every day. But in a realistic world, it will probably be 5 times a week.
2. Get into the splits.
This goal is carried over from 2016. I lost my splits when I stopped dancing a few years ago. And I really want to get there again. This links into my yoga goal. My plan is to stretch almost every day. I think that it is realistic to think that I can get into the splits in a few months (3?), especially if I push myself.
3. Unsupported headstand.
With an eventual progression into an unsupported handstand. This is another yoga related goal. I want to do a fully unsupported headstand – no wall. At all. If I get there before the end of the year, I want to progress into an unsupported handstand. I know that the handstand is a long shot, but I’m ambitious.
4. Start a consistent meditation habit.
This also links into my yoga goal. Meditation is so good for you, and I want to get into the habit of meditating for at least 10 minutes every day. Hopefully, I can progress into longer sessions. I will be using my meditation beads and crystals to help me with this goal.
5. Reach my savings goal and manage my money well.
6. Work smarter.
In terms of earning money and varsity work. I already work hard. So now it’s time to learn how to work smarter to get more stuff done.
7. Read 50 books.
(For the 3rd year in a row!) Not sure if I want to do another blog post on this? I’ll let you know!
8. Start piano lessons.
And learn how to play very basic songs, like “Mary had a little lamb” and “Jingle bells”. Maybe progress into a few songs from the first grade of piano. Because I have ZERO experience with music, I don’t know what a realistic goal is. But I have decided to start small. Nothing too complicated just yet. I just want to learn how to play the piano. Maybe I will get to the point where I can post videos of me actually playing!
9. Grow my blog and social media.
My blog is one of my favourite hobbies. I want to grow it by reaching more people who I think will like my content. I also want to improve my followings on all of my Instagram pages. This is a shameless plug: follow me on my Personal Instagram, Bookstagram, Art Instagram and Facebook page!
10. Take more photos.
This is a personal goal. I want to take more photos of friends and family, because of everything changing so quickly, and I really want those memories to look back on someday. My other aim is to improve on my art photography and take the kinds of Fine Art photo’s that I like because I really fell behind in that last year. I also have a polaroid camera that I am using to make one of those cute polaroid display things. I’ll post a photo of that when it’s finished!
11. Make the art that I want to make.
This expands a little bit. My plan is to make art for me, not just to get a degree. I want to make art that other people, aside from my lecturers, actually like. I am hoping that this will expand into me actually being able to sell one or two of my artworks this year. I’m not scared of selling out. Not even a little bit. I want to make art that I am proud to put on the internet, and say “I made this”. I have no idea what this all means, and how it will manifest visually. But I want to make the art that I want to make for me.
12. Improve my marks (?)
This is specifically my Fine Art mark. I don’t know how I’m going to do this, but I really want to improve my mark. I am also planning to maintain the marks that I managed to improve in 2016. Because I am taking an extra subject this year, I really want to keep my marks up to a good standard.
13. Get my degree.
I highly doubt that I will fail in this goal. But it’s a pretty huge achievement to get a degree. Especially a “Professional degree” which means that my honors are included.
14. Keep journalling.
This is something that I really enjoy, and want to continue with. I’ve discovered that I love filling up notebooks, especially Moleskines. The feeling of seeing the full one is almost as nice as starting fresh in a new journal. Journaling is also so good for my mental health and for remembering stuff. My journal and my planner make up my brain. Blog post on that coming soon!
15. Stay organised.
Use my planner and keep on top of my life. It saved my ass in 2016, and I will continue to use my new planner in the same way to stay organised. Because I hate forgetting about stuff. And I know that I will have much more to do in 2017, as well as more responsibilities. My new planner will help me to keep on top of my life.
16. Go on more adventures.
The last part of the year introduced Operation #DoStuff, as suggested by my therapist. My goal for this is to do exciting things and maybe do stuff that I’ve never done before. I want to go and have fun. I don’t want to become stagnant and fall into old, unhealthy habits. Especially in my friendships and my relationship. I want to not be afraid to do things because of my anxiety, and the only way to do that is to get outside my comfort zone. Adventuring may be expensive and stressful, but it is SO worth it in my mind. Priorities.
As a human. As a person. I just want to grow.
I have set some pretty ambitious 2017 goals. However, I do think that I can achieve most of them in a year. I am planning to achieve all of my 2017 goals, though. I will probably fail in something like I did in 2016, but that is totally okay. I’m feeling confident about the year. As usual, I will do an update/review in June and a final reflection at the end of the year. This is to keep me accountable and to keep you all updated on my progress in these respective 2017 goals. As usual, if I achieve anything important before June or December, I will make a blog post about it. But that will largely depend on my excitement levels and my motivation.
I hope that this has inspired you to set some of your own 2017 goals, and I wish you all the best in achieving and realising them.
Bring on 2017!