Can you believe it? I can’t. I have no idea where time is flying these days, and that’s why I’m here. I want to recommit to this little bloggity blog, if only for my own mental sanity you know? 2016 was a year totally full of ups and downs, in ways that I absolutely never expected. I’m looking forward to growing this year, both personally and professionally…and what better way to measure, than to set goals? Right? Right. Well, that’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.
I’ve never been one to really set goals because I never liked to fail. This year, all of that is going to change. I’m throwing literally all caution to the wind and absolutely giving it my all, regardless of if I fall on my face while trying. I was entirely too reserved in 2016, and was afraid to take risks. That hindered my personal growth in ways that I hadn’t realized until the year was over and I was looking back at what I both accomplished and still had left to complete. Failure is a key part of growth, and I am finally at a place in life where it’s time to jump, I’m confident that my catlike reflexes will have me landing on my feet.
I’m going to be brutally honest here. For someone who builds relationship all throughout her professional life (seriously, that’s all a PR girl does) I’m pretty terrible about maintaining my personal relationships. This is the year that I’m going to totally focus on keeping my inner circle first. I have a habit of leaving people off to the wayside that I care about in order to put work, travel, or myself first and that has to stop.
It’s time to focus on the relationship I have with family, friends, and my significant other. If I don’t make the time now, when is that going to happen? They are the safety net that keeps you going…they’re the cheerleading team that you need when the going gets rough. It’s time to give them the love that they deserve, because I am nothing without them.
Travel, Travel, Travel
Speaking of the things I did WELL in 2016…I did a bomb job of traveling all throughout the year and I want to keep up the momentum. I seriously think I’ve been bitten by some sort of nomadic bug (I’m sure like everyone else my age) but I have such an itch to just get up and GO, no matter what the destination is. Last year I hit multiple continents and countless cities, and I want to make it a priority to continue that growth throughout 2017. I’m so fortunate that my job allows me to travel as much as it does, and that I love what I do…this perk is definitely one that I will NEVER take for granted.
Do I have a specific location in mind? Well, I have a tentative work trip scheduled to Thailand early in the summer. Even if that trip falls through (which there’s a 50/50 shot that it might) I’m going to make my way over regardless. I can already see myself climbing through the jungle and riding on a motorbike through the crowded Thai streets…SIGH!!
I really really really wanted to call this bullet like, Healthy Living or something like that but that’s a looooot of pressure… Let’s be real. In the past, I’ve always set super unrealistic goals when it comes to health and fitness and this year I’ve decided to throw that garbage out the window. I’d rather focus on listening to what my body wants and needs, and giving myself grace when it comes to headspace. I’m super hard on myself basically all the damn time, and I’m over it. This is the year where I’ll finally learn to love every aspect of who I am, regardless of what I look like.
I (like so many other people) am driven by success. I want to succeed. I also am incredibly competitive. This is the year that I’m going to take my work and take it to the next level. I’ve been given such an incredible opportunity to do what I love, and I don’t want to take that for granted.
This is going to be the year that I catapult into awesomeness, mark my words. I wish I could get more specific in this particular goal but hehe, as you all know…I work with digital influencers of all types and I think that would be super freaking weird to talk about measurable goals involving my friends, ya know? Just keeping it 100% with you all!
Take a Spanish Class
I think that once we graduate from whatever school we accomplish, we tend to forget how important it is to keep learning and growing. I have had this longtime goal for forever to pick up where I left off with my language education (now that I’ve essentially forgotten everything I’ve learned, good job Tory) and I want to get involved with other people while doing it.
Knowing myself, I do much better when learning in a group setting. Online learning totally isn’t for me, but actually sitting in a classroom and speaking another language with others and connecting with real people is what helps me to immerse myself in another culture to the point of learning by osmosis.
So basically, I’m going to be the oldest person in an Elementary Spanish class but that’s totally cool by me!
I think this goal makes it’s way onto a lot of lists for the New Year, but it’s time that I get my financial life together. 2016 was a big year for spending, my boyfriend and I bought a house, I got my first raise, and I now have “big girl” bills. Like being massively in debt (but a roof over my head, yay!)
To make steps towards this goal, I’ve downloaded a few cool finance apps like Digit, Mint, and of course my mobile banking application. By having my finances at a glance in my pocket, I can better keep track of my day-to-day spending.
Ideally, I’m working towards having my safety net rebuilt after the big purchase and am hoping towards accomplishing that goal before the end of the year. I’ll keep ya posted!
I promise I’m a good person. Seriously, I am. But over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly focused on bettering myself at the cost of forgetting about others. I don’t remember the last time I volunteered my time to help someone else, or a cause that I care about. I probably couldn’t even tell you about a cause that I care about because I haven’t stopped to think about the greater world for an astoundingly long time…and I’m ashamed at how disconnected this part of my life has become.
Time costs nothing. A few hours here and there throughout a month will never be missed, and instead I might be able to help a cause bigger than myself make a difference. This year, I’ll start to give back more than financially, by finding the right organization that really speaks to who I am. I want to help my community, I just need to figure out how. If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears!
How are you going to make this the #YearofYou
Share below, I’d love to hear!!