Blueprints for My Goals in 2017

Blog #009

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!

img_1967While 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.

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