I originally planned on writing a year-ender post for reflection and look back on the past 12 months. But as I put my thoughts about 2016 in words, I figured it wasn’t the big year I had hoped it would be. While there were some events worth remembering, overall, I wasn’t completely satisfied with how 2016 played out.
But that’s all water under the bridge now. It’s currently Day One of 2017, and the best thing about transitioning to a new year is that it brings with it new hope and new beginnings as well. A new year gives that feeling of being able to start over with a clean slate. And so instead of writing a post about looking back, I scrapped my draft at the last minute to write a post instead about looking forward. 🙂
I haven’t mapped it out yet, but just off the top of my head, there are 4 things I’d like to accomplish this year. And the first one is:
BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE.
What I actually want is have my own place this year, but I’m trying to keep my goals realistic. My financial situation as it is will not let me sign a contract for lease or rent-to-own anytime soon, so I have to fix the root of the probem first. This includes paying off those wretched credit cards and being more mindful of my spending. I don’t want to still live with my folks by the time I’m 40, no!
COMMIT TO MAKING ART REGULARLY.
That means not succumbing to laziness and the petty excuse that “I’m not feeling inspired today” or other BS. Really, I can make a whole new post dedicated to just telling myself how I should grow some balls and just get started. It’s one of the reasons why I made very few creative accomplishments last year — because I was just waiting around for inspiration to hit me. I should make time for more personal projects as well.
GET PHYSICALLY FIT.
Whenever the Girlfriend and I go on out-of-country trips, my feet easily gives up after only a couple hours walking. I consulted a doctor and she said it’s quite possible that my feet coudn’t carry the weight of my body anymore. So when I started boxing last November — and I think I deserve a pat on the back for that one — my only reason was so I wouldn’t get sore from walking anymore. I showed up at the boxing gym regularly despite much body pain, until the reasons why I should continue had outnumbered the reasons why I should quit.
Okay, so I’ve put the pounds back since Christmas, but having started means I have something to go on once vacation is over. And hopefully before 2017 ends, I’ll be back to my ideal weight.
NURTURE MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS.
Now this is something that should go to everyone’s goals or resolutions list. Personally, I’d like to be more appreciative of the relationships I have now, be it family or friends or lovelife. If I fail on the first three goals but be a smashing success in my relationships, I’d declare 2017 an amazing year.
I’ve read somewhere in Twitterworld that “if you want 2017 to be an exciting year, design it that way.” I’ve pretty much operated in que sera, sera mindset in the past years. This year, I’ll try the approach of taking ownership. And I’m going to own 2017 like I’ve never owned anything else. #goals #ownit2017 #feelingready #paknapak #gogogomgabeshies
Happy new year! Do you already have your goals listed for 2017? 🙂