2017 Goals and Intentions

After a month-long vacation from blogging and school work, I am refreshed and ready to dive headfirst into 2017 and continue doing what I love! I’m so eager to see what my last semester of college has in store and where my life will take me after graduation.

My expectations are set ambitiously high for this year. I have a boatload of goals to accomplish between now and January 2018 and I am optimistic that I will achieve all of them! Besides graduating with honors and securing a job, I have compiled a list of more personal goals and intentions that I hope to keep doing or start doing this year.

I already know that 2017 will be a big year for me, and I’m hoping that defining certain goals I want to accomplish will help keep me on track. I cannot wait to see how much I can accomplish! Check out my goals then leave a comment with what you would like to achieve in 2017. Good luck! 🙂

Be grateful every day.

One thing I have seen all over lately is the power of positive thinking and gratitude. This year I really want to be more appreciative of the things I have and where I am in my life.

Reminding yourself of the little things in life that make you happy each day can completely change your mood and even your outlook on life. To try and stay true to this goal I started a gratitude journal where I can write down a list of things I am grateful for before I go to bed! 

Eat more whole plant foods.

Most of you know that the biggest change I made in 2016 was to go vegan! Although I am definitely vegan for ethical and environmental reasons, health benefits played a huge part in my decision. In 2017 I really want to focus on eating whole plant foods, cooking my own food, and knocking out as much processed junk as I can!

I am so proud of myself for keeping this up and I feel so good because of it. I’ve even lost a couple of pounds! Of course I will allow myself a treat sometimes but I feel best when I am eating healthy plant-based foods the majority of the time.

Continue exercising regularly. 

Working out consistently in the winter has always been a struggle of mine. In the summer I love running, biking and swimming but I can never find the same motivation to leave my bed and head to the gym when it’s 30 degrees outside. In November I started working out three days a week and have been keeping it up regularly into the new year! I definitely want to make hitting the gym a habit in 2017.

I have been doing Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Guide and loving it! It is so much easier than working out on my own, especially because each workout is labeled Monday, Wednesday or Friday, and each week has a specific number. To keep myself motivated I add my workout as a meeting in my calendar! That way my phone reminds me when it’s time to work out.

Become fluent in Spanish. 

Learning Spanish has been on my mind for a while but I really want to drill down and become fluent by the end of 2017! After reading this article about the benefits of being bilingual, I decided that this was the year I would finally learn a second language.

To practice, I have been using the Duolingo app and watching Spanish movies in my free time. I have taken a few years of Spanish but I still need a lot of work before I can claim fluency. Knowing a second language will benefit my personal and professional life so much so I aim to practice at least ten minutes every day!

Spend less, blog more.

I don’t think that I could ever become a full-blown minimalist, but I would like to only spend my money on items that I truly need or want. Buying things on impulse creates a ton of unwanted stuff and clutter that causes guilt and regret. Since I am moving to NYC this summer, spending less and starting to downsize and add to my savings is a must.

Blogging more is also a huge goal of mine in 2017! I am proud of how much I was able to write in 2016 but I would love some more consistency in my posting schedule. This year I am lucky enough to team up with Thread Magazine and become a blogger for the Thread website! Each Thursday I will be publishing a new post which can be found on my website or on the Thread Magazine website.

I am hoping to focus less on material possessions and do more of what I love, like blogging, cooking healthy food and spending time with my friends.

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  • Reply Sandra Sebecke January 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Love this article! All the positivism is catching!

  • Reply Molly January 24, 2017 at 12:46 am

    LOVE these! Becoming fluent in Spanish will be so helpful!! I am also trying to spend less 🙂

    • Reply Ciara January 24, 2017 at 12:47 am

      Thanks so much, Molly! I have been slacking on my Spanish and need to step up!

  • Reply Oksana January 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I think more important than the individual goals we set for ourselves in the new year is the fact that we have a desire to be intentional with our time. Wishing you success in 2017! XO

    • Reply Ciara January 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      I agree! 🙂 I love your outlook!

  • Reply Sabrina January 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Being grateful every day is one of my goals as well! I actually also just started a gratitude page on my bullet journal!
    – Sabrina | StudentsToolbox.com

    • Reply Ciara January 24, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Awesome! I would love to start a bullet journal but I don’t I could commit. Good luck with your resolutions!

  • Reply Kait January 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Spending less and being more intentional about what I do spend is one of my major 2017 goals. Spanish?! How impressive!

    • Reply Ciara January 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Impressive, but let’s see if I can actually do it all! Good luck with your goals! 🙂

  • Reply Greta January 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    These are all great goals and intentions! I’m trying to eat more plant based foods as well!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Reply Ashley Mason January 24, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    We have all of the same goals except for speaking Spanish! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel January 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I love these goals! I need to adopt some of these!

  • Reply Jenny January 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Being grateful is such a great goal to have!

  • Reply Rachel Ritlop January 25, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I totally need to eat more veggies haha! Good luck with your goals/intentions!

  • Reply Michaela January 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I’m also working on being grateful everyday. It gives you a new perspective on life!

  • Reply Bella January 27, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Love this post so much girl! I totally agree you gotta be great-ful for everyday you get!!

  • Reply Victoria Stacey January 27, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Great goals! I need to sit down still and put together some goals.

  • Reply Lindsey at Blog Me Lovely January 27, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Love this. Especially the spend less, blog more. I have issues with that though lol. I spend so much money when I blog. Luckily when it is a business expense I can write it off but seeing all the amazing products out there is so dangerous 🙂

  • Reply Kayla January 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    You have some awesome goals for this year! I’m the same way as you… in the winter I never want to get my butt to the gym. I usually go on the weekends when my boyfriend drives us but I can’t even think about walking a mile across campus in the cold just to work out. No thank you!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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