What’s Ahead in 2017

Well, here we are – now almost two full weeks into the new year, and I’m finally making moves to sit down and type up a post about what I hope to accomplish this year. As I touched on in my podcast (see my last post), I think it’s always important to set attainable goals, whether that’s on January 1, May 16 or October 4. I always want to strive to be better, happier, healthier, etc. and it’s like a full-time job. Sometimes I let myself down… and that’s okay. Sometimes I don’t achieve what I’d hoped – and that’s okay.

Anyways, a few years ago I stopped setting “resolutions” at the start of each year. It seems like an easy way for people to set themselves up for disappointments. “I’ll go to the gym more often,” we say, and then maybe we do for the first few weeks…. and then we drop off. “I’ll eat healthier,” and then we do… at least until a party comes up and there’s a table of good – but not healthy – food in front of us.

At any rate, I like to set hopes for not just the new year — but for the foreseeable future. Not resolutions – but goals nonetheless. Bonus points if you have ideas on how you’re going to accomplish those things too.

Here are a few of mine:

  • Visit at least three new states. Traveling gives me energy, and I already know how I’m going to accomplish this one: my Texas road trip in spring.
  • Try more new fitness things. I’ve already started this one with my boxing class at BikeOrBar.
  • Write more. This is all about pushing myself, and I’m going to try my hardest to post here at least once a week along with my other writing forums.

I’ve got other ideas in my head for things I’d like to see happen this year, but for now, I’d like to keep them to myself. Let’s just say that 2017 is going to be an interesting year, and I’m ready to face whatever challenges lie ahead straight-on.


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