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2017 Goals + 2016 Reflections

Inspire · Life · December 27, 2016

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I can’t believe we are days away from a new year. 2016 was a crazy year for us but in the best ways. We got to travel a lot, we found out we were expecting, and so much more. At the end of 2016 I wrote a post about my goals for 2016. Today I want to reflect on those, as well as share my 2017 goals.

2017 Goals

In 2016 I wanted to…

  • Read 75 books. I didn’t quite get there but I got close.
  • Stop focusing on the number on the scale. I was pretty good about this until the last part of my pregnancy.
  • Have more dates with Andrew. I really think we did a lot better with dates this year and I hope we can keep it up after the babe gets here.
  • Write about things that scare me. I wrote more about our struggles with infertility this year and several really personal letters to myself.
  • Continue to blog full time. I did this and I am so proud of how much my blog and partnerships grew this year.
  • Branch out. I do feel like I branched out some but not enough.
  • Travel. We did get to travel to a lot of new places including Bahamas, St Thomas, St Marteen, Santa Barbara and Laguna Beach. We had to cancel 2 trips due to my pregnancy and Zika but I am glad we got to travel as much as we did.
  • Combine our home offices. BOOM! Check!
  • Cook more. I did cook a lot more this year. YAY!
  • More time with friends. I think I was really good about one-on-one time with friends this year and that’s what I really wanted to focus on.

2017 Goals

  • Read 50 books. With a new baby this already seems daunting.
  • Continue to blog full time. Again with a new baby I really hope I can grow my blog even more than I did this year.
  • Lose baby weight in a healthy way and keep up with it.
  • Focus on health more than a number and make sure we are all eating healthy.
  • Spend quality time with Andrew and really focus on our relationship. I know that having a baby changes things in marriages so we really want to keep up with dates and spending time together.
  • Go on at least 2 trips with Andrew and baby boy.
  • Get a few house projects done that we’ve been wanting to do.
  • Continue to be more financially aware of spending.

I would love to know what some of your 2017 Goals are!

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  • 36 thoughts on “2017 Goals + 2016 Reflections

    1. Jolina

      Yay on your 75 books! I challenged myself on GoodReads and I’m waaaayy below. Ah well. I did read pretty awesome books this year. +1 on traveling more. There is so much more to explore in the world! This year I think one of my major goals is to get back on track as far as working out is concerned. That got thrown out the window in 2016!!

    2. Erica @ Coming Up Roses

      I still need to plan out goals…this year was so huge, I feel like I just need to sit down for a hot sec and REFLECT first! I definitely want to keep up the full time blogging myself though for sure, and definitely just keep growing and expanding and learning and loveloveloving it!

      Coming Up Roses

    3. Catherine Short

      I’m a really slow reader and haven’t been diligent about keeping up with it since having a baby. Well, besides reading books on how to get my baby to sleep! haha. I never thought I’d want an e-reader but having one during all those late night feeding sessions would have been helpful.

      2017 will be a great year even if your goals adjust with baby.

    4. Michele

      Well I had a goal of 150 books in 2016–I came very close-but being in the hospital 3 times last year did not help. 2017–I’ll try for 150 books again. I’ll attempt to write more on my blog (other then book reviews) and I am going to try my darndest to stay out of the hospital!

    5. Rachel Ritlop

      I didn’t even read 10 books this year I don’t think! I have such a hard time reading so many blogs and online content, that I don’t even think about reading a book! Good luck with the 2017 goals and new baby!

    6. DogVills

      It seems like you achieved your 2016 goals! Yay! I’m sure you will achieve as well your 2017 goals. You did such an amazing good job this year.

    7. Divya @ Eat Teach Blog

      Wow, you read close to 75 books?!? I’m so impressed.

      I don’t have too many goals for 2017. More just a vision. I want 2017 to be the year of simplicity. Where I take things on one thing at a time. Less multi-tasking. More intention.

    8. Jennifer | The Search For Imperfection

      Wow, I’m blown away by your book-reading goals and accomplishments! I just don’t seem to find the time between full-time work, blogging, 2 kids, etc. so I’m really impressed. I will add, if you don’t already do so, that having the Kindle app on your phone is great with a new baby and might help you meet this year’s goal! (This would definitely be a “do as I say” not “do as I do” advice!) 😉

      I’m looking forward to looking around more on your blog and good luck with your goals! I’m definitely working toward growing my blog this year, too.

    9. Crystal // Dreams, etc.

      You did a great job with your goals in 2016! That’s awesome! Good luck with your goals in 2017. Reading 50 books can seem daunting sometimes–and I don’t even have a newborn, just a couple of jobs/my own creative pursuits. 🙂

    10. Sharon

      I love these goals! I totally get you about the reading. I love doing it but never have the time. I’ve tried listening to more audio books and I love it. It’s the best way I can get some “reading” in! Hope you have a great rest of 2016! See you in 2017!

    11. kara

      I love reading other peoples goals. It is always so inspiring to me! Looks like you did a great job in 2016 so I hope you keep it up in 2017! 🙂

    12. Ruthie Ridley

      Congrats on baby boy!! I cannot get over how much you read…. my goal is one book per month and that is because I suck at reading! Congrats on blogging full time! You give me hope! 2017 is going to be EPIC!

    13. Lexi

      These are great goals. Reading 50 books sounds like a ton for me. My goals for 2017 is to start living in the moment, with wedding planning and entering married life, I really want to focus on the task in front of me and make memories, not stress.

    14. CourtneyLynne

      Awesome goals!! I swear reading is on my list every year & I never read enough so it ends up on the following years list! Maybe this will be the year I complete my reading list lol

    15. Meghan

      Well you may not have read all the books you wanted to read but kudos to you for even setting that goal and getting close!! Also congrats on achieving most of your goals!! Good luck to you and the new baby in the new year!

      Meghan |

    16. Elizabeth O

      Good for you on all your 2016 accomplishments. I wish you even greater success in 2017. I do want to read more this year and I’m off to a good start with 2 books under my belt already.

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