The 2017 Project

January 4, 2017

If you've been reading here a while you'll probably remember that I did something called The 2016 Project where I made 12 mini resolutions for each month of the year. It actually went so well that I decided I wanted to do it again! When I say it went well I mean I enjoyed myself and feel like I bettered myself, even if only for that month. There were a couple repeats in here from last year, but some new ones too :) This might not be the most interesting content but I definitely found that I was held more accountable because I would post about it here. If you're wanting to see how 2016 went you can read about each month here!

January: have weekly date nights. Mark and I obviously spend a lot of time together, but we don't usually have dedicated date nights to really get quality time in. They don't necessarily need to be fancy or even require going out, it could be making dinner at home together. I just want it to be time specifically set aside for us to talk and enjoy each other's company.

February: start a mini daily workout. I really want to set attainable goals, so I'm starting small with adding in a mini daily workout that I think I can stick to: 15 pushups, 30 crunches, and 40 calf raises. May not sound like much, but it's more than what I currently do!

March: start working out three times a week. I pretty consistently work out twice a week because I have volleyball on Tuesdays and a barre class on Wednesdays. I'm challenging myself to step it up and add one more day into the mix.

April: no drinking. I really only have a glass or two of wine maybe 3 nights a week, but those calories do add up, so a month of no booze will do me some good.

May: no shopping. I also plan to calculate what I normally spend in a month on clothes and put that into savings this month instead. 

June: save more money. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly this one will look like, but I think maybe I'll put $50 into savings the first week, $100 in the second, $150 the third, and $200 the fourth. Any ideas you have would be much appreciated though!

July: start working out four times a week. Building off of March here because I gotta get #WeddingReady. Don't hate me for saying that!

August: no eating out. Another repeat from last year that ended up being good for our wallets so I'm adding it again. Like May I want to save the money I would have normally spent on eating out and put that into savings.

September: have a water challenge with Mark to see who can drink more every day. I try to make a conscious effort to drink 3 water bottles a day, but I would definitely drink more if I had a little competitive motivation. 

October: only check Instagram once a day. This one is kind of a cop out because I wanted something I thought might would be doable during the stress of wedding month and I have a feeling I'll be so busy I won't have much more time to check social media anyway!

November: brush up on French with an app like Memrise or Duolingo that makes it easy and fun. I don't want the five years I spent studying the language to have totally gone to waste.

December: read before bed every night. I'm not typically on my phone before bed, but I am usually watching a show so I'd like to change up that habit and try to read before bed every night, even if I can only last five minutes before falling asleep.

I want to cut myself a little slack and say that these are subject to change. I may think of something halfway through the year that I can't wait to try. Last year I moved a couple things around and it all still worked out. This is my initial goal list, but it may constantly evolve!

What are your goals for 2017?

xo Catherine

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