My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

I can’t believe another year has gone by. I feel so old. In 2016 I turned 21 and in 2017 my baby brother will turn 17 and be able to drive – terrifying! I know 2016 was a horrendous year for many, but for me it was one of the best years of my life. I’m not normally one for making new year’s resolutions but this year will be a year of change – I’m finishing my degree in April- and so I thought making some goals might be helpful. Here are my new year’s resolutions for 2017:

1. Eat healthy/clean the majority of the week (approx. 5 days)
– I’m sure this is somewhat similar to many other people’s. I’m not someone who can eat healthily 100% of the time, I love food (particularly burgers and pizza) way too much. But I feel like being healthy 5-6 days a week is doable for me and also extremely beneficial to my health and body.

2. Work out at least 5 times per week.
– Last year I tried to work out 6 days per week and it just never happened. The weekends are hard for me – the gym closes early and I’m often busy doing things (if not hungover). But the 5 week days are definitely doable. I went with ‘at least 5’ so it would still encourage me to work out 6 times per week if I got the opportunity.

3. Figure out my future – particularly May 2017- May 2018.- As I said I finish my degree in April which is terrifying. For a long time I have not known at all what I want to do and so I’ve been ignoring this, but now my graduation is 4 months away, I can’t really ignore it anymore. I need to decide what I want to do with my life, particularly for the year after I graduate, that involves deciding where to be and work over the summer, applying for a work visa for the year, finding an apartment with my boyfriend for the year and also finding a job for the year. This is maybe my most important resolution.

4. Apply for post-graduate jobs, and GET ONE.
– This one is linked to the one above and pretty self-explanatory but basically I need to apply for and get a real adult job. This is something I’m going to be starting on pretty soon. This probably involves going to see the careers department of my university ASAP.

5.  Start the new blog.
– My boyfriend and I have an idea for a new blog that we have been talking about for a while. I’m hoping that this year we can get it up and running. I won’t say what it is, but when it’s ready I will post about it on here.

6.  Keep up with blogs – put out regular content.
– Again, pretty self-explanatory. I’m awful with posting regularly, I go through phases of being so into writing posts and then phases of not writing anything at all. This year I really want to post regularly, both on this blog and the new one.

7. Save some money by the end of 2017.
– I am the absolute worst with money. It slips through my fingers so easily and then I’m left with none. I also have a slight shopping addiction which makes it 100x harder. This year I’m hoping to spend my money on sensible things like furniture and apartment things for when I move in with my boyfriend. But also, I’m hoping that after I get a job I’ll be able to end 2017 with some money saved. This will be a first for me, I’m an awful saver but I feel like as a 21 year old university graduate it’s time I learn.

8. When finished with University – Read more for pleasure.
– Right now I read a lot, at least a couple of hours per day but it’s all university related – Psychology and Sociology books only. I don’t have the time or energy to read for pleasure whilst I’m finishing my degree but when I am finished I hope to read regularly. Not only fiction books but also non-fiction about things that interest me. I don’t think my education needs to stop just because I’m graduating from University.

9. Spend as much quality time with my family as I can.
– With living in Canada I obviously see my family much less than I used to and as a result I miss them terribly. With graduating this year my holiday time will undoubtedly be much less, so I want to make sure to take advantage of every opportunity I get to spend time with my family and for the time we spend together to be good quality and fun for us all. I definitely already do this but I think it will become more important this year as I may unfortunately be seeing them less.

I really hope you enjoyed reading my new year’s resolutions. I plan to do a blog post at the end of 2017 reviewing these and seeing which ones I achieved/stuck to – hopefully all of them. I’m sure I’ll also keep you updated as the year progresses. What are your resolutions this year?

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