Hello, 2017.

January 01, 2017

As cliché as "new year, new me" is, it's fun to look at the new year as a fresh start or new beginning. Whether you're looking to reinvent yourself or just better your old self, there is a lot to look forward to in a new year. It's also a great time to set some new resolutions for yourself as well as offer some motivation to stick to them.. which brings me to my first blog post ever! I thought there's no better way to kick off the blog than with my list of resolutions for 2017.

Travel| This resolution is very important to me. Traveling is something I've always wanted to do, and feel very passionate about, but like many people feel they don't have the resources to do so. For years I've been talking about my wanderlust and I've been given the same answer from most of the adults in my life, that once I finish school and get a good job, that I can do all the traveling I want. While that is most definitely true, I'm a firm believer that traveling while you're young is the greatest form of learning there is. At a young age, a thirsty mind is an amazing thing to possess and it's an urge I'm ready to give into. I actually have a trip planned for later this month so stay tuned...

Be healthier| I know this one is the most cliché resolution there is, but I do think it's an important one. Now, this doesn't mean I want to have to count every calorie I consume, but I definitely want to be more conscious about what I'm putting into my body and how I'm taking care of myself. To put it short and sweet, I want to eat healthier and exercise my body and mind a little more.

Read| This one shouldn't be too difficult to stick to hopefully considering I've always been a reader. Getting lost in a book is such a great escape from the real world, almost therapeutic. I used to be such a bookworm and would breeze through books at an insane rate, but then life happened and I haven't read more than the required reading my professors have assigned in the last year. So this year I hope to read a little more, whether it's re-reading some old favorites or trying out something new.

Save/Budget better| At 23, there are a lot of expenses. A lot. Between tuition costs, car payments, gas, and social expenses alongside minimum wage retail jobs, it's easy to forget about budgeting, and even easier to get overcome with debt. Living paycheck-to-paycheck leaves little room for fun purchase, such as traveling, and even less room for emergencies. This year, I want to come up with a budget plan that I can stick to and become a little more financially secure.

Try new recipes|  So this resolution is a fun one. Fun fact; my dad went to culinary school so for years I would love to help him out in the kitchen when he was cooking or baking. Also, Food Network is basically my favorite thing ever and I can binge watch Barefoot Contessa like nobody else. While I already love to cook, more like pretend  I know how to, I have about five recipes in my arsenal and would like to expand that a little more. Another fun fact; I've been a vegetarian for almost a year, and to be quite honest, I'm a pretty boring one food wise. I really want to try out new and fun recipes and then invite friends over to enjoy together.

Volunteer/donate my time| I've been pushing myself on this one for a while and I thought the best way to make sure I stick to it was to make it a resolution. If I don't, you guys can give me a hard time about it later. This one is really important because not only are there so many people and groups out there that need our help, but learning to be considerate and caring for others will only make you a better person. With all the hate and negativity in the world, why not try to spread a little kindness?

Stay Positive| 2016 was probably one of the hardest years of my life so far. While there were some definite highs, the lows were very low.  I definitely struggled keeping my anxiety under control and this past year my anxiety attacks were occuring a little more frequently that I'd like. I'm my own worst critic and I can be very hard on myself, always highlighting the negatives and failures in my life. That negativity can be very damaging to one's mental health and it took a toll on me. This year, I want to try to stay positive and be optimistic about everything life decides to throw my way.

Keep up the blog| I know this one is silly, but it's probably the one I want to take the most serious. I've been dreaming of having a blog for years but it was something I thought I could never actually do, but I've finally decided to take the big step and I'm hoping this time next year, I'll still be here doing what I love.

I'm so excited to see what this year has in store for me and I'm glad you
all can follow along on this little adventure I
call life

Stay wild xx
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