2016 was a roller coaster of a year. We lost not only a multitude of amazing and talented celebrities including David Bowie, Harper Lee, and Alan Rickman, but we also lost many others during the Pulse nightclub shooting and the destruction of Syria. Even though these things are completely heartbreaking and terrible, I don’t want to forget all of the good things that happened in 2016 as well. Because of the ALS ice bucket challenge a LOT more money has been donated and they’re closer to finding a cure, Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever to clinch a major-party endorsement for POTUS, and (even though the construction is allowed to continue) they cannot build the Dakota Access Pipeline in one area of North Dakota where a Native American tribe currently lives.
I know that the bad seems to outweigh the good, but progress is made slowly.
As for me, I am taking matters into my own hands to make sure I have the best 2017 I can have. After years of only half-heartedly committing to any type of resolution (except quitting smoking, so glad I cut that out) I felt that I really needed to focus my energies into becoming a better “me.” So, without further ado, here is my list of 2017 New Year’s Resolutions.
♦ Read (at least) 35 books.
During 2016, I think I read a total of 22 books? (I honestly didn’t keep track the way I should have). This year, I’m using the Goodreads challenge to make sure I log the books when I read them. I really want to read more books this year than I did last year because I felt like I didn’t really put aside any time for me to just be with myself and really submerge into my books, and also because I want to write some more reviews on them for this blog.
♦ Keep a morning + nighttime routine.
I am the worst with keeping routines up. I always forget to put in my retainer, or wash my makeup off, or floss at night (I know it’s super gross). I want to get myself into a good routine because it’ll not only be better for my skin and my teeth, but going through that routine every day will eventually let my body know that it’s either time to wake up, or time to get ready for bed.
♦ Work out more.
Okay, so this one’s pretty obvious for everyone. Summer time is only a mere six months away and everyone wants to look good in their swim suits, right? Well, yes and no. Of course I want to look strong and toned in my bikinis, but that’s not why this is on my resolutions list. As many of you don’t know, I have a small heart condition in which the valve between my heart’s upper chamber and the lower chamber doesn’t close properly, sometimes causing blood to be pumped backwards. It’s very common and very mild, so it doesn’t affect my day-to-day life. I also have a condition known as POTS: Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. With this condition, when I stand up the volume of blood flow that occurs is extremely low, causing many symptoms including lightheadedness, fainting, and rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fatigue, inability to exercise, anxiety, or blurred vision. This is the real killer for me. Every time I’ve gone to workout I’ve gotten anxious, my heart beats extremely fast and I get very dizzy. I’m hoping that this is something that I can beat this year because it’s held me back from so much.
♦ Eat cleaner.
This ties in a little bit with the exercising above, but not too much. I’ve decided to try vegetarianism. Part of the reason I want to do it comes from the compassionate / animal care side, while the other part stems from my health. I’m taking this in baby steps, and I bought a really great cookbook off Amazon called “The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook: Good, Cheap Vegetarian Recipes for When You Need to Eat (Everything Books)” and it’s amazing. I love this cookbook because it’s not overly fancy, but it does have some interesting recipes that require a little more than just your average lunch.
♦ Embrace minimalism.
Lastly, minimalism. I’ve been in love with the minimalistic art style every since I could remember. With having this on my resolutions list, I want to not only use that style for my own home decor and aesthetics but also embrace the ideas that come along with minimalism. Using less, donating things I don’t need, detaching myself from inanimate objects (like my phone). I’m not going to completely throw all my material possessions away and only wear like three shirts or anything like that, but I’d like to get into the idea of “freeing myself” from these possessions.