The New Year lingers around the corner, and that means reviewing and polishing old goals and coming up with new ones.
Last year, the theme was, “Healthy is Happy,” and I can honestly say I lived it pretty well when compared to my recent past. I made significant gains in strength, speed, and endurance, as well as quit smoking cigarettes—which I can’t believe has already been a year!
While this isn’t a set-in-stone, definitive list for 2017, I do want to talk about a few things I’ve thought about lately.
Off the top of my head, I would break up my goals into three major categories: finance, health and fitness, and writing. I would also make a category for miscellaneous subjects, like travelling.
Health and Fitness: I want to run a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon. I want to dunk the basketball, finally—I promise, I’m getting closer. I want to lift more than I have been. I want to become a vegan. I want to cook for myself, and I want to continue to grow stronger and healthier. I want to meditate and journal more often, because there’s nothing more important than mental health.
Finance: I want to pay off $5,000 worth of student loans, invest $5,000 into investments, and save $5,000 for the rainy season. I’m already on my, so I just have to develop a budget to stick by it to achieve those numbers. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it is what it is for now. I think the most difficult part of this will be keeping discipline not to use the money that I’ve saved. I also want to buy a laptop.
Writing: I want to continue blogging. I want to read 36 books—I consider reading a big part of writing. I want to write 6 short stories and 24 pieces of poetry. I want to enter a writing competition and continue pursuing a career in writing. I want to be more creative, and this is one of my favorite things to create, ideas.
Miscellaneous: I want to travel. I want to visit different parts of the United States, live well within my means. I want to take road trips to adjacent states and just see what it’s like on the other side of the mountains. I want to visit different shops, meet different people, and just experience life for what it is. I don’t want to go back to school yet because I feel like I should accrue enough money to pay for school in cash. I shouldn’t be taking on more debt if I want to become a true millionaire. So many people don’t have college degrees, Bill Gates for example, and still go on to become extremely successful people. School isn’t necessary to become a rich person, but school does offer experiences I couldn’t get anywhere else—but I’ve been in school for too long. I need a break. I want to focus on becoming financially successful. I want to see what I can do with my own grit.
In 2016, the motto was, “Healthy is Happy.” And I’ll continue to live that way, continue to progress into greater health. I want to have this saying again for 2017, but I also want to progress. I don’t want to have the same quote because I think I’ve already internalized it well, and if I didn’t then that just means the saying is stale and I need to keep moving forward. “Healthy is happy,” I still believe that, but it’s time to progress to something different. I don’t have to decide today, because I have until 2017 to do that, but I do have to think about something soon. 2017 is right around the corner.