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A Look Ahead at 2017

Happy New Year, friends! I hope that your 2017 is off to a great start. Just like everybody else, I love the clean slate that a new year brings. It’s a time of inspiration, motivation and fresh ideas. While I’m definitely not one for resolutions – let’s face it, those stick for about a month anyways – I’m all about setting goals and dreaming big. So, I want to take a look ahead at 2017 and what I hope to achieve throughout the year.

A Look Ahead at 2017

Get a Move On & Eat Right

This is without a doubt my primary focus for 2017. While I’m certainly not overweight, I don’t feel good in my skin. Numbers aren’t everything, but I do have a number written down of how many pounds I’d like to lose in the first quarter of the year. No more yo-yo exercising – it’s time to get serious! I need to find a routine that I can stick to – my vision is a class one to three times a week with my own workouts in between. And, of course, we need to get back on track with meal planning. I received a few new cookbooks for Christmas that will serve as good motivation in this department. We also want to try a meal delivery service, such as Hello Fresh, so we are less tempted to eat out or order in.

Learn That It’s Okay Not to Have a Plan ( … Relax & Have Fun)

I’m definitely a Type A plan girl, but that is taking a serious toll lately. I sometimes find myself irritable when I don’t have a plan, and even worse I get crabby at Ryan or whoever if they suggest we do something outside the plan. How ridiculous is that? Life is meant to be lived outside the lines, and that’s when some of the best memories are made. I won’t totally give up making plans, but I want to be more intentional to live in the moment and go with the flow. My hope is that if I’m aware of this tendency that I will learn to give up some control and instead relax and have some fun for a change.

Do Something New

Being at home all the time can be monotonous, so I want to try something new that can either be an escape or another creative outlet. I’d love to find a hand letting class or workshop, or maybe we could try one of those cooking classes. Regardless of what it is, the goal is to get out of the house and try my hand at something different and/or outside my comfort zone.

Continue to Grow the Blog & Social Media

So, I definitely slacked off a bit the last couple months of last year – it happens! I have a mile-long list with ideas and tasks to get myself refocused and hopefully back on a path that will see increased engagement and growth. While content won’t drastically change, there will be a greater focus on life (get ready for lots of home decor!) and beauty topics. That is the type of blogger that I always set out to be, and I think I lost my voice and direction a little bit throughout the last year. As always, I’m happy to hear what you enjoy/don’t enjoy seeing here and if you have any suggestions! I also am working hard to make more of an effort on the social media side of things. If you’re doing the same, let’s help each other out! I’m @msinthemidwest everywhere.

Be Present

In a technology-dominated world, this is everyone’s goal – right? It’s an important one to continue to strive toward. Throughout the holidays, there were several days that I didn’t look at my phone once or even think about it for that matter. It was such a weight off my shoulders! I want to hold onto that feeling all the time. I know that’s not possible these days, but I hope to set aside at least one day a week – especially when Ryan is home from work – to disconnect and not worry about the social sphere.

Alright, people – there’s a look ahead at 2017 from my neck of the woods. I would love to know what your resolutions or goals for 2017 are! I know that if we all strive to be intentional with our actions that we can achieve anything that we set our minds to.