2017. Boy am I happy to see you! Like most of the world, I thought 2016 was a pretty shit year. But I’m not here to dwell on the past year (although trust me, I could write a pretty lengthy post on how hard it was). I’m here to look ahead for 2017 and share my goals with you! If you’ve been here for some time, then you know how much I enjoy making resolutions. I look forward to new beginnings and fresh starts. And although I’m not perfect at following through with them throughout the whole year, I still love starting off the year with good intentions.

Here are some goals for 2017:

Be more independent and self-driven. So often I’m inspired by the people around me and the people I follow online (which can be really great), but this year I want to push myself to be more self motivated. To do things because I want to do them, not because other people around me are doing them.

Listen to my intuition and ignore my ego when it tells me I’m not good enough. This is going to be a tough one, but it’s probably the most important resolution I’m making this year. I want to stop listening to the voice in my head that tells me I’m not good enough, deserving enough, smart enough, etc. etc. I think that in 2016 I let fear (and my ego) get the best of me. I listened when it said I couldn’t do something. This year I want to push past that and listen to my intuition and follow those goals that really scare me. Starting the Graphic Design program at MCAD was the best thing that happened last year, and it’s also intimidating to put yourself out there with a new skill. I’m still very much learning design and it’s scary to share the things I’m working on because they are far from perfect, but I want to push past that and ignore the fear and the voice that tells me “no” and go for it. And be proud that I did.

Create my online portfolio and begin doing graphic design as my career. This goes along with my resolution above, but I want to set up my online portfolio and begin looking for jobs (even if they’re just little freelance jobs) for design. My ego flares up when I think about getting paid for design work.. but I’m excited to put myself out there and start doing the work that really excites me.

Stop caring so much about what other people think. Instant feedback from social media (mostly Instagram) really gets to me. I’m excited when the number of likes and comments I receive are high, and when they’re not as high I’m discouraged and wonder why people don’t like what I’m posting. It’s crazy and definitely something I’d like to work on this year. I’ve already turned off the “push notifications” for Instagram, so I’m hoping that helps. I also want to apply this to “real life” as well. I worry a lot about what other people think of me and the things I’m doing. Too often I seek people’s approval about the choices I make, when really I should think about what’s best for me and Sam. This again ties into the ego/fear thing. There’s a lot to work on there 🙂

Constantly work on my mental health. Make time for yoga, meditation and eating healthy. It’s good for my soul and overall health. Stop using the excuse that there’s not enough time. Mental health is the most important thing.

Whoof.. those are some heavy resolutions! They are tough, but I’m up for the challenge and so, so happy for 2017. What are your resolutions for the year? I’d love to know.

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