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New Year, New Me (2017 Goals Overview)

Happy New Year!!!

I can’t believe 2017 is already here. Time sure has flown over the last several years when you’re husand is school, your kids are growing up and you make two major moves in 15 months! It’s been a crazy several years and every member of our family is ready for a bit more stability.

While we have some big plans for 2017, we’re all ready to plant some roots and Indiana looks to be the perfect place. No major moves for us (just praying and planning for a 2017 home purchase), which means I can start thinking about everything in more of a long term basis.

This may sound selfish but I am making 2017 about me. For the last 5 ½ years, it’s been about the kids and mostly about TJ with him being in school and trying to find theright career for him. It’s what led us to two major moves in 15 months. But now that he’s finally settled (for the most part) in his career, I figured it’s time for me to find mine, which leads me to my first goal of 2017.

Get Accepted into Nursing School

 

Becoming a nurse is something I have wanted for a very long time, since I was in college right out of high school. I have been wanting to go back for a while but due to many different circumstances, I wasn’t able to. Finally, I am getting the opportunity to go back in January and I am elated. I have a few classes that have to be finished before I can apply for Nursing school, so my I won’t be applying until the summer. If I get in, I will be starting nursing school January 2018!

My next goal is by far THE most popular resolution every year.

Lose Weight and Eat Clean

Oh 2012 and 2013 me, I miss you and your diet and exercise. I want that back. My diet and exercise has gone so far down, it makes me sad. I know my body and I know that while it’s doable for me to hit my ultimate goal weight by the end of the year, with work and school, I know that it may burn me out and make me crazy. Losing roughly a pound a week is a real struggle for me, especially after hit the 30 pound lost mark, so this goal is an 18 month goal with me hitting 26 pounds lost by the endof 2017. It’s going to allow me to focus on school (my main focus) and become the old healthier me again. As for healthier eating, if I can eat clean and stay within proportions 5 times a week, I’ll be happy. I know this isn’t the best detailed part of the goal, but I’ll go into that more later.

My third goal is probably the only goal a bit more family oriented.

Pay off some debt

We want to buy a house in the fall and really start planting some roots. To do that, we think paying off some our debt will help with that. My job isn’t vital so most of my work money is hopefully going to pay extra on our debt every month and we plan to use our tax return to make a nice healthy dent as well.

My last two goals are really more hobbies for myself that I want to get back into. They help keep me relaxed and give me some no stress “me” time, which will definitely be needed.

Read 25 books

I love to read but never seem to have the time. This year, I am making the time. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, or right before bed (the more likely scenario), I’m doing it. Sometimes good lost in a good book is just what the mind needs.

 

Craft more

Another broad goal, but I would love to plan 1-2 days a month where I just craft all day. It could be house crafting projects, it could be scrapbooking, it could be sewing, it could be anything, but crafting is my happy place and we miss each other. I need it back and I need to plan these days out and make it happen. No stressing over a messy house those days. I have to learn to tell myself, I can do it tomorrow. It won’t hurt anything but a day for me to relax will be vital formy sanity.

 

That wraps up my goals for the year. I’m excited to see what it’s in store.

Do you set new goals for the new year? What is 2017 going to about for you?