The new year is here and as much as I dislike New Years Eve, I really love the first week in January when everything feels new again.

Even on New Years Eve, as soon as the clock turns midnight, something inside me shifts and I feel different. I don't know how long this feeling lasts, but ultimately, it's a pleasant feeling. My favorite day is January 1st; while others opt to spend New Years Day as another holiday, in my house, it's an official rest day.

Myths have it that the way you spend New Years Eve/Day is how you spend the rest of the year; you must have something new to wear, clean sheets on your bed, and the house must be tidy. I've never abided by these silly rules until this year.

On New Years Eve I made sure my bed was made, my room and *most* of the house was neat, and that I wore something I've never worn before.

I spent New Years Day feeling ultimately relaxed and in a really good mood. I went to the gym, cleaned out my drawers and threw away old, unused items, and read a lot of books. It just felt like a really good day, and it made me hopeful for the year ahead.

It's a much different attitude from the New Years Eve post on Saturday, but I'm quite pleased.

I also spent some time thinking of what I want to accomplish this year. Like I mentioned in the previous post, I don't wait for January 1st to make a change, and I don't make resolutions. I try and set goals -- does it ever really happen? Not that much...

Let's take a look at what I said in 2016,

"In 2016, I hope that I can achieve what I've been wanting to achieve in work, in the blog, in my personal life. I want to start writing more, both freelance and creatively. I want to put more time and effort into my blog and into my own social media.

I want to save money instead of spending it. I want to travel a lot more, and go out and see the world. I finally have the desire to have more of a social life and make plans with my friends and go out and actually do things!" 

 I achieved what I felt necessary in work, and really made some strides in my freelance career, being published on Readers Digest & getting some more Elite Daily articles written.

I think the blog is finally where I want it in terms of design, shopping widgets, and other features like categories at the top of the page.

I didn't travel as much, didn't save as much (but decreased shopping habits), and I do think I went out a little bit more. I said no a lot less to social activities and I want to maintain that.

I definitely set manageable goals last year for myself so let's take a look at 2017:

2017 goals-new year-resolutions

  • Gym Often: I've kept a good pace of going to the gym this entire Christmas break. I go back to work tomorrow so I'm hoping that I can keep it up. After Christmas I set the goal to lose weight, eat healthier, and go to the gym. So far, so good and it's only been a week. This is the goal I want to focus on most this year. Let's do it!
  • Finish Writing My Book: I have a few ideas on the shelf and this year I am determined to finish one of them. I have a hard time setting aside book writing time because so much of my spare time is dedicated to blog or freelance writing. I need to find some time to book write and get it done.
  • Travel: Taking this form 2016, I want to do something about this. I have a few potential trips planned to various places and I hope at least one of them works out.
  • Blog: This is a goal that is never ending. Now that I'm happy with the design and function, I want to work with more brands, and find exciting ways to create new content. I don't want to produce the same things over and over again, I need to branch out.

For good measure, I want to read more books, watch more television shows, see more movies, spend more time with my friends, and sight see New York. 

I've got a busy year ahead of me, so let's get started!

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