The first few weeks of December are usually spent getting into the holiday spirit, partaking in lots of holiday traditions, and preparing for the actual holidays (decorating, shopping, traveling, you name it). Right after Christmas and Hanukkah, a switch goes off and most of our brains shift towards thinking about the year ahead, New Years Eve, and our new year’s resolutions.
Over the past few years, I feel like there has been a shift towards people making more realistic goals for the new year. I started hearing more about people setting intentions for the year ahead (many choosing a “word” for the year), creating realistic goals, and even doing away with new year’s resolutions altogether. I’m sure plenty of people are still creating strict goals for the year because they are eager to see true change, but for the most part, it seems as though people are more focused on their overall wellness and what they hope to get out of the year.
The tail end of 2016 was a rough one, so I’ve been thinking about 2017 for a while now. I try not to wish away time, but the new year often brings new hope. Although new year’s resolutions are on my mind, I’m focused on creating a life plan for 2017 and seeing what goals will come from that plan. I’m trying to take a different approach to the new year and realized just how important it is to think about the big picture before creating goals for achieving the planned lifestyle.
I was really happy with my goals for 2016 and pretty proud of the steps I took to achieve those goals. Despite it being a nasty and stressful year at times, I achieved most of my goals for 2016 (minus number 3 and 6). Although my goals are going to be structured much like my goals for 2016, thinking about the big picture, what my larger goals are, and what I want my life to look like by 2018 is driving my planning, brainstorming, and goals creation.
This coming year, there are six areas I will be concentrating on as I create a life plan for the year and then form goals from that plan.
1. Investing in family
2. Building a community
3. Prioritizing personal wellness
4. Focusing on finances
5. Growing in my professional career
6. Balancing this beautiful, crazy life
My goals for the year ahead aren’t created yet, but I am putting a lot of thought into them and am focused not only on creating the goal but also coming up with a plan for achieving the goals. Often I create goals that sound good, but they either aren’t realistic for our lifestyle or they just aren’t achievable.
2016 had a lot of highs and I am grateful for so much of this year. Looking back, the year often felt out of control. I often pride myself in being an organized and focused person, but this year I was unorganized, my time management was less than ideal, my priorities were out of whack, and my stress levels were honestly the highest they’ve ever been. I didn’t like the way I lived in 2016 and I want that to change. I want to create boundaries, invest in the ones I love, work on creating a better life for my family, and refocus on how I make this life we’ve created work (living in DC, being a working mom, managing everything on my plate, etc.)
I am looking forward to these next few weeks, celebrating Christmas with my family, enjoying the winter break from the office, and ultimately closing out 2016 on a high note. A new year and a fresh start spring hope, and creating a life plan for 2017 has been reinvigorating! The refocus and the possibilities are exciting!
Are you creating goals for the year ahead? Are you thinking about how you want to end 2017 living and feeling?