2017: The Year of More

We have officially survived 2016. It was a pretty rough year, let’s all be honest, but we made it through. In 2016, I strove to say yes to more things and to be more positive. I’m not entirely certain I fully accomplished it, but I think I did pretty well. This year I am going with a similar, abstract theme for my resolution (and one concrete goal, too). In 2017, I plan to focus on one guiding principle: more. While vague in nature, I will be asking more of myself and my life in 2017. I have created a few different areas and which I hope to “more.”

If you have been following me recently, you will have noticed my monthly goals. This “more” concept will be replacing my old goal system and bring in a few more areas. This focus will help me grow all the areas of my life in an all-encompassing way.

  • Be More: These are my wellness and self-care goals. They’ll tackle everything from hydration and sleep to working out and taking care of my body, soul, and mind.
  • Develop More: These are my career and professional goals. I’ll spend time very month growing myself as a social strategist, writer, and networker.
  • Learn More: This is my monthly trivia goal! One of my favorite parts of 2016; it’s here to stay.
  • Try More: Like 2016, I want to keep saying yes and experiencing new things every month. This could be a new cuisine, work out class, activity, etc.
  • Read More: I was all about books this Christmas. It has been a while since I was a big reader (probably middle school). I hope to awaken that part of me in 2017 and read at least 12 books.
  • Cook More: A few of those Christmas books were some great cookbooks. This year, I hope to expand my culinary skills and master new recipes. I’ll be taking a cooking course in January to help push this goal.
  • Give More: Registering people to vote and collecting cans at Friendsgiving were two of the most rewarding parts of my year. I want to give back even more this year! The world definitely could use it.
  • Do More: 2017 is going to be the year I get more hobbies so I don’t have to say, “I work and watch a lot of TV.” When someone asks what I do for fun. Defined hobbies, here I come.
  • See More: I watch a lot of reruns, y’all. I want to add a little more culture to my life by watching more “must-see” movies. Any suggestions?
  • Hygge More: Hygge is a Danish word that means, in essence, “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.” Each month this year, I will focus on a part of my home/environment to add a little more hygge to.

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My 2015 Resolutions

I’m a little late in the game solidifying my New Year’s Resolutions- my move and transition in Austin got in the way.  BUT, now that I am all settled, it is time to get down to business.

My new employer has everyone on staff come up with a word to guide them for the year. My word is embrace. With so much change happening in my life I want to embrace every opportunity I have to grow. If you have a word, join our twitter chat on Wednesday January 21 at 2PM  #INKThink!

I also followed Lauren Conrad’s 2014 resolution structure to make a few more goals for the new year.

Photo Cred: Lauren Conrad

Photo Cred: Lauren Conrad

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There’s an App for That- Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions can be hard. Luckily for us, it is 2015- a year where technology rules. Unfortunately, technology can’t keep the resolutions for us, but it can keep us on track. Let technology help you keep your resolutions this year.

According to TIME, losing weight/eating healthier, saving money and travelling to new places are three of the most broken New Year’s Resolutions. To help combat this, here are some applications you can get on your smart phone to help you keep your 2015 resolutions.

Losing Weight/ Eating Healthier

It is safe to say that this resolutions is made by the large majority of resolution makers. As busy as life can be, it is hard to stay on track. With the emergence of the Health app for iPhone, apps can collect data on many different fitness and nutrition data.

  • Fitbit
  • My Fitness Pal
  • My Net Diary

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