New Year Focuses for 2017

As I mentioned, I’m not so great with goals. So as I look towards this new year, yeah, I’m a little hesitant. However, new year new better me!

I’ve got to admit it’s a good time to reflect on things, decide what will be your priorities, if there are any new things you want to learn or try or see, and just be revitalized about life in general. So that’s what I’ve been doing the last week or so. That, and trying to straighten out my thesis topic so I can get rolling on my proposal. Anyway.

So here’s what’s been on my mind regarding 2017.

I want to get better at food photography, specifically with my iPhone. Weird ambition, maybe, but when your research revolves around food, sort of important. Or at least could be greatly beneficial. This probably means I need cook more interesting foods so I can practice. If you want to keep up with my progress there, even if just to send the occasional bit of encouragement, I’ve been using #savvyspork on instagram.

Which, I should get a chance given that, at least for January, I plan on doing Meat Free Mondays. Campaigns like this have been embraced by a lot of people and various countries — Meat Free Mondays is something Paul McCartney and his daughters have been supporting and promoting for a while now. It’s supposed to be better for the environment, as well as, of course, better for me. It’s kind of funny that a few years ago I was trying to make a conscious effort to add meat to my diet because my B12 levels are terrible, but now I’m looking to add more variety to my protein sources. (Though B12 is still a big concern.) Just committing to January for now, but if it goes well, I’d like to continue it.

I want to give my thought to my wardrobe. As much as I love my hoodies and leggings, and it’s easy to just dress comfy while being a full-time student, I’d like to maybe figure out what it means to dress like a 30-something year old. I’m not talking like professional or anything business-y, but more like that lady’s got her shit together. Good outfits can help build confidence, and that’s something I’m definitely interested in.

Something I did two years ago was a little project I called 150 Days of Happiness. It was just in my personal journal, and the only stipulations were that once a day, for 150 days, I would write down one good thing from the day. Some days I had more than one good thing, but others it wasn’t necessarily easy. However, after 150 days of proactively reflecting on positive aspects in my life, well, simply said, it felt good. So I was thinking of maybe trying 365 days. Once a day, either in my normal journal or separate small notebook, record one positive thing from my day for the entire year. Given everything going on, a little additional positive thinking can’t hurt.

Most importantly, I want to focus on strength. Not just physical strength, though eating better and being more active is definitely something I need to continue to be proactive about. A query from my recent reading was “what would you do if you were not afraid?” It’s something I’m continuing to reflect on. I want to grow in my confidence. I want to make sure I take care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally. I want to tap into that well of strength deep inside me and be a tenacious and formidable force of joy and confidence, as well as attempt for grace and compassion. Do I have any idea of how I’m actually going to accomplish this? Not a one! But I think between looking for the positive in each day and being proactive about just simply taking care of myself — even if that means curling up under blankets and watching netflix all day with the cats — it’ll all add up in the end.

So what are you focusing on or hoping for this new year?

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