2017 New Year’s Resolutions

I will admit, I used to be one of those people that attempts every year to make a bunch of new year’s resolutions, but ultimately fails at most of them come mid January.  The past few years have been a little different for me.  

Instead of setting the goal of hitting the gym every day (so unrealistic to me), I choose to make it a priority to listen to my body and its’ needs.  If that means running  5 miles one day, great.  If that means resting and taking leisurely walks for an entire week, that is what I will do.  Of course exercise is great for the body, but it is pretty easy to cross that line and go overboard…especially for me. 

I look at my health/eating goals in the same aspect.  In my day to day life, I aim to eat healthy at least 80% of the time… not because I HAVE to, but because this is what makes me feel my best.  However, if I want a handful of chocolate chips, you betcha I am going to eat them.   

So I guess in terms of resolutions/goals, the new year doesn’t mean much in terms of health because I have the same goals/resolutions every single day.  The new year to me means a new, fresh start.  It means a chance to really dive into my deeper intentions.  

A big goal for 2016 for me was to be less judgmental.  It is something we all do, whether we realize it or not.  I am totally guilty of this every day of my life and I am certainly not proud of it.  I have gotten better about it this year, but this goal is still at the top of my list for 2017.  Every time I feel judgment coming on, I try to remind myself that everyone is different and you never know what someone is going through.  We can only control how we act or react, not how others do so it is important to approach every situation/conversation without judgment.  

Another goal of mine is something that has been on my mind for a long time, but I will admit, I have failed miserably over and over again.  With the constant relocating every 2-3 years that comes along with my husband’s job, this brings upon a lot of different emotions.  I am grateful for all the wonderful opportunities we have had to live in different places, meet new faces, and explore new cultures.  But, knowing we are going to move in a couple years makes it difficult to even desire new friendships because I know we will be leaving before long.  Thankfully, my husband is very outgoing and loves making new friends so we do have a lot of great friends from each place we have lived.  But I will say, most of these friendships were not initiated by me.  My husband calls me an introverted extrovert.  I am very outgoing when I am around people I know, but I am quite shy when it comes to meeting new people.  My goal when we move in 2017 is to get involved in our new community right away and make an effort to meet new friends.  This will be especially hard for me since I already have a few old friends in Nashville, but I am going to be proactive to make my own friends.  Having a good group of friends is not only important to me, but it is an important part of my relationship with my husband.  We do a lot together, but we both recognize the importance of having our own groups of friends and making sure we have our time apart.  

So this is where I am at currently for my 2017 resolutions.  I want to be less judgmental and I want to get outside of my comfort zone and get involved in my new community and make new friendships.  I’m sure more will be added as the year goes on but these will be my primary focus for a while. 🙂

So now tell me… 

  1. Do you set new year’s resolutions/goals?
  2. If so, what are yours for 2017?
  3. If you set some for 2016, did you follow through? 

9 thoughts on “2017 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. I’m just like you, I’m an introverted extrovert. I love talking to people but when it comes to physically putting myself out there to approach people I just don’t care to, or at least not as much as I used to when I was younger. Thats a real bummer about having to move so much but like you said it’s always a new experience and at least you have your husband right by your side. I guess a good silver lining would be, if you dislike a place at least you’ll be out there in a few months/years etc lol Where has been your favorite place so far?

    xo, JJ

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    1. There are definitely a lot of pros and cons to moving frequently. I do like exploring new places and living in new town that I probably wouldn’t have even visited. I have enjoyed all the places we have lived, but I will say living in Salt Lake City, UT was at the top of my list because we were 30 minutes from the beautiful mountains for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. We will definitely miss Dallas (and the warmer weather) though!

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  2. Thank you for so humbly sharing this with us!!!! I’ve never been very good about making NY resolutions, but when I do they are usually so extreme they really aren’t attainable! I would say my goal for next year is to simply get job in Nursing. It’s the biggest thing… then from there I guess I can develop new goals! Oh- I also want to run at least one marathon! I know you are just going to thrive in Nashville & I can’t wait to hear all about it!!! Have a great weekend, dear!

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    1. Thanks girlfriend!! I bet you are going to find a job really quickly! Nurses are in such high demand.. such a great career choice. Excited to read about this new step in your life! I definitely want to run another 1/2 marathon this year… I don’t think I am quite up for a full one yet, but that is on my long term goal list! xoxoxo!!

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      1. Thank you so much!!! I have an interview in January, so I get to enjoy one more round of holidays- woot woot! Thank you for your encouragement 🙂 You can DEFINITELY do a full!!! This is what I tell people: My first half marathon was harder than my first full marathon because I didn’t train as well for the first. It’s ALL in the training and the distance will “feel” the same level of “challenging” if the training is done right. But a 1/2 is still a huge, huge accomplishment too! If you ever need any schedules let me know 🙂 Sorry for the massively long response. Hope you are having such a great week, Taylor ❤ xo

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  3. Great goals! I struggle with the judgements too and for me, I’ve found that replacing every judgemental thought with a compliment toward the person has helped. I now find myself thinking wow her makeup looks nice, etc before something judgemental!

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    1. That is really great advice. I always try to remind myself that you just never know what someone is going through so it is important not to judge them. They could be going through something terrible and we should focus on uplifting people rather than casting judgement. Easier said than done, but definitely something that is constantly on my mind. 🙂

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