Hey 2017….nice to see you. Personally, 2016 wasn’t really all that difficult as much as it was different. A lot happened, but not only that, a lot of NEW things happened. I’ve said I feel like I aged about 3 years in 8 months and it’s true. Something about moving to a new, much BIGGER city, getting a new job, figuring out new streets and trains and buses and areas to avoid, it makes you realize how little you know and how much more there is to learn. But once you’ve mastered some of those new, scary, exciting things, you feel so much more accomplished and cultured and mature. Well, maybe that’s just me.
I’ve never really been big on resolutions, but I’m all for having goals and working toward achieving them. It’s also easier to track progress toward goals and feel better about yourself even if you don’t meet them 100%.
My goals for 2017 are pretty simple.
This is two-fold for me. One aspect is being present in every day and appreciating the things that are happening right now, rather than focusing on everything I’m working toward in the future. I am a very task-driven person, so it’s easy for me to get caught up in what I’m working toward and forget to appreciate what I have now and have already achieved. The hard part of this is that it’s difficult to cultivate contentment with your life and still remain motivated to strive for better things. After all, if I’m happy with what I have, why should I work hard for something else? This is a balance I haven’t quite mastered.
The second part of this goal is more practical in that as a couple, we’ve decided to make an effort to stay in town more often on the weekends and really start to be present in our community. The hard part of moving to a city that isn’t drastically far from where we were is that it’s not unthinkable to head back “home” for any and every special event. Over last fall and especially during the holidays, we spent maybe one weekend a month here in town. It’s easy to justify leaving and going where the fun is, but if we’re never here, then we’ll never actually find the fun that’s close by.
There are a few more practical goals that I have to shoot for in 2017, like saving more money and working out more often and eating healthier and blogging more (doing a great job with that one already :P) and everything else I’m going to get around to “someday”. But those things are on my permanent “I should do better” list rather than true resolutions, so I’ve accepted the fact that some of them may not happen this year, if ever really (like ‘work out more’ XD). A little bit of progress will be good enough for me, after all, adult life is hard enough as it is without adding a list of new things to accomplish.
So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, here’s to a 2017 full of growth and progress!