Instead of looking back on 2016, a year that was busy for our family and definitely had its ups and downs, I want to look ahead to how I can make my 2017 better. Sure, some things are out of my control. Life happens and we can’t control it all, as much as we’d like to.
I’ve been inspired by a Facebook friend who chooses a word each year instead of making resolutions. She’s shared her words for a few years and I decided it’s a more positive way to go. I struggled to pick a word because there are so many things I want to accomplish this year. After much thought, I decided on DISCOVER. I was also inspired by a recent TED talk I saw on how to gain control of your free time. The point that stuck out the most to me is that sometimes there is a difference between “I don’t have time” and “It’s not a priority.”
So this year, I want to make certain things a priority in my life. I want to DISCOVER new places. I want to DISCOVER new books. I want to DISCOVER new things. I want to DISCOVER new ways to take care of me.
Last week, while contemplating the new year, I made a quick list on my phone of things I want to do in 2017:
- More yoga, meditation and exercise
- Watch less TV. Seriously, it’s a time suck and hindering me doing other things.
- More reading. I’ll have time for this if I watch less TV. Duh.
- More fun times with friends
- More date nights with my husband. We do get out—it’s great having older kids who can stay home for a few hours so we can spontaneously grab dinner together—but we don’t make it a priority and don’t plan to do different things.
- Visit more new places, both local and further away.
- Teach my kids to cook.
- Spend more time outdoors (in nicer weather—this New Englander hates the cold, even though I’ve dealt with it all my life).
- Blog more.
These were the first things that came to mind. I want to make some changes, prioritize my time differently and DISCOVER things I haven’t prioritized before. Maybe it’s the fact that 2016 brought my 40th birthday with it, but it’s time to start thinking differently. And writing more, even if no one else ever reads this blog. 🙂
Happy 2017! What changes are you planning to make?