New Year, Better Me.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the last few days of 2015 and first few days of 2016 were fantastic! Did you stay up until midnight or were you like me and asleep at 11:30? I am not usually one that is unable to stay up late, but I guess 2015 was just exhausting and I was ready for it to be over. There is also a part of me that likes not seeing midnight, and just waking up in the New Year. Its kind of weird, I know.

With 2016 now upon us, I have been thinking a lot about what I want my goals to be for this year to be. Now, I am saying goals because they are specific things that I want to achieve, while a resolution is a broad promise to ourselves....according to my quick internet research. I work best with a to-do list and a specific action plan to get me to the places where I want to go, so a list of goals are more likely to help me succeed than overarching resolutions. You guys do know I love my to-do lists!

After determining my goals, I figured out would spread them out over two for personal goals and one for blog ones. I am sharing my personal ones today!

Personal Goals for 2016

// Figure out a Routine // I have been craving a sense of normalcy during the past few days. I know that the holiday season seems to have a knack for knocking routines aside, and now that I am not in college anymore, I have no clue what my routine is supposed to look like now that the holidays are over. Between the holidays and graduating and moving home, I feel like my life is chaos...good chaos, but chaos nonetheless. I know that once I start my new job, I still won't have a solid routine because with nursing, I will be working either 3 or 4 12 hour shifts a week...which leaves either 3 or 4 days off. During the summer on my days off, when I worked this schedule as a tech, I would hang out with friends or John or go to the beach or the pool and basically just wait to go back to school. Now that I am no longer waiting to leave, I need to invest in a life here and figure out how best I want to spend my time. I am not quite sure exactly how to accomplish this goal, but a part of me just believes that a routine will establish itself. I am just impatient!

// Less Clutter, More Cleanliness // I got this book but have yet it read it. I am hoping to read it in the next few weeks though so that I can work out some of the clutter in my room. I have hoarder-like tendencies and I am just so sentimental about some things. I am hoping that the book will help to me let go of some of those feelings. I know that minimalism is all the rage right now, and while I know that I could never be super successful with it, I think it is a good point in my life to pick up some minimalistic habits!

// Exercise // I think this has been a goal of mine for the past few years, and I think 2015 was an okay year for Meghan versus exercising. It could have definitely been improved though, and thats why I am including it with these goals. What I really want is to genuinely want to exercise. I want this to be the year that I exercise, not to improve how I look, but to improve how I feel.

// Read More // I am so excited about this one! I am making it my goal to read two books a month for 2016. I have always been a bookworm ever since I can remember, but once I got to college, I really slowed down with reading. It was just too hard to sit there and read for fun when I spent so much time already reading for my classes. Now, I have so much more time I can dedicate to fun reading...after I pass the NCLEX of course!

I really want to make sure that I follow through with these goals, so I think I might do either a 6 month check in or even quarterly check ins to write about my progress. I am hoping there will be a lot to talk about!

Are you making any goals or resolutions this year?

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  1. Great list! Getting into a good routine is so hard to do sometimes, but I agree it helps create more balance. I really need to get back into a good sleeping routine. Have a great week!

  2. These are really great goals! I love the the less clutter one.

    Also, I just wrote a post about getting back into fitness in 2016 with my tips! It might help with your exercise one :)


  3. I love your goals - I didn't really make any this year, but hoping to declutter - already started by selling a few things on eBay!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Having a routine will make everything else fall into place!!

  5. i didn't read for fun for like 3 years during university, mostly because i was the same as you - you read so much, it's hardly fun anymore. and then also because every time i would pick up a book, i felt like my textbooks were taunting me that i should be studying. so i feel you! and i also totally know what you mean about exercise and wanting to do it, and improving how you feel. good luck!

  6. These are great goals! Happy New Year!

  7. I think you picked out some amazing goals that'll help you change things the way you want in 2016 :)
    I want to create new routines as well because I think change begins with ourselves.
    You have a wonderful blog!
    Have a great week.

  8. Some good goals and resolutions, mine are pretty similar but I also want to finally learn French!

  9. I'm so with you on those personal goals, especially to get rid of so much freakin' clutter we have around the house...and in my closet...I swear I could clothe an army!

  10. Great goals! Reading more is on my list too. I have a whole shelf of books in my house that are un-read. I never seem to have time to pick one up but I am trying to make that a priority this year too.

  11. Fabulous list! I did my Goals list for a post yesterday and it felt so good! Just writing these things down makes me feel little bit more accountable! Happy 2016 gorgeous lady

  12. I love reading about everyone's goals this week! I want to read more too in 2016! Happy New Year!

  13. Happy 2016! Those are some great goals! I want to get rid of clutter myself! :) Wishing you much success!
    xoxo, Vanessa


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