Has it started to feel as if I am droning on and on about the new year? I pinky promise this is my last post dedicated to all things 2017 related but I am just so inspired by fresh starts and new beginnings. I love making small goals all month long as I find these sort of goals easier to stick to and generally more attainable. I often share monthly goals in this space as a way to hold myself accountable and potentially connect with you guys. I did set a few overarching new year’s resolutions this year that can be broken down easily over the next 12 months.
Follow a monthly savings plan.
I’ve always been more of a spender than a saver. Even as a kid if I had money I had to find something to buy…it burned a whole in my pocket every time. This year I’ve really tried to adopt healthier financial habits and I’m finally ready to get serious about saving. My savings account won’t be much compared to most people but I am determined to pay my bills and set aside money for emergencies and future goals instead of just filling my closet with shoes.
Invest in quality pieces.
It’s safe to say I’ve reached a point where I recognize the value of quality items over quantity. I’m certainly not rich but I’ve realized how much happier I am with one cute dress than five okay polyester pieces from Forever 21. I’m not a clothing elitist but I do want to choose pieces that will last more than a couple of washes.
This year Jordan and I are hoping to visit Spain. Barcelona is calling my name! I definitely need to brush up on my Spanish to help us get by and avoid any food blunders (which I had to laugh at in Paris last year). If we aren’t able to go to Spain together for some reason I hope to travel to get abroad with a friend or two!
Explore a new city in the United States.
Charleston is currently on my “must see” list as I’ve never really visited the south. I would love to take a long weekend this spring or summer to see what the colorful city has to offer.
Find a way to volunteer consistently.
I think giving back to the community is incredibly important. I love opportunities to volunteer and want to be sure to make time to help my community more in 2017. I am looking forward to a one time volunteer opportunity at the end of January then I am hoping to find ways to volunteer at least once a month for the rest of the year.
Study for the June LSAT.
I just received my December LSAT results and though I did well enough I didn’t hit my goal score and was enough below my average practice test score that I want to go at it again. While I was initially a little discouraged I actually enjoy studying so I am excited for another excuse to curly up in a coffee shop and hit the books.
Blog consistently with quality.
Between working full time, studying for the LSAT, working out and a social life it has become more difficult (and less of a priority) for me to blog five days a week. I still love the blogging community but I am less interested in branding my blog as a business and more interested in ensuring the posts I do publish are meaningful to me. This year I’m refocusing my blog a bit and striving for fewer quality centric posts.
Send more letters to family members.
Give flowers often.
Make a solid effort to make someone’s day.
What are your goals for 2017? Do we have any of the same aspirations? I can’t wait to share more about my recent trip to the Bahamas with you later this week.
P.S. Don’t forget our join Kristin from the Blush Blonde & I for our Tutu Tuesday link up. In case you missed it, we’re hosting an Instagram challenge this month. Feel free to jump on board by using the hashtag #jadorejanuary.