resolutions for 2017

happy new year! as cliche as it is, this time of year tends to be a time for personal reflection about the past year and goal setting for the year ahead. as an introspective lover of new beginnings, this is one of my favourite times of year. 

globally, 2016 was not one of the best years in history: we lost many incredible people, witnessed countless tragedies, and watched the world change in new and terrifying ways. on a personal level, however, 2016 was an incredible year. I grew tremendously as a person, got promoted at work, became comfortable facing my fears, and exercised bravery at every opportunity. I went on several transformative camping and hiking trips, took vacations with so many people I love, saw a few of my favourite artists in concert (including queen bey), and learned more about who I am and who I want to be. 

as I reflected on the growth I had in 2016, I had a really hard time setting resolutions for 2017. while I would normally set resolutions challenging myself to grow as a person, I just want to keep growing the way I have been. I want to keep facing my fears, keep confronting the parts of myself that need work, keep trying new things. I want to keep learning about who I am, and challenging myself to be better - every day. with that in mind, I didn't set personal growth goals for 2017… but I do have a few things I want to make happen!

read more. I love to read, but I never make time to do it and it’s often easier to switch on netflix than it is to pick up a book and use my brain. I set a challenge on goodreads to read 30 books this year! once I have new glasses this will be even easier.

learn to ski. when I was 13 I broke my kneecap in a stupidly embarrassing snowboarding accident. I’ve been terrified of snow sports since then, but I really want to get over that fear and learn to ski! I'm planning to take a few lessons at the local bunny hill (literally called rabbit hill!) and get in at least one day of skiing before the year is over.

go on a multi-day hike. since falling in love with hiking last summer, I’ve been thinking about pushing myself to do a multi-day backpacking back country trip. I already have one 10km in-and-out hike planned, and if it goes well I’ll be doing skyline trail in jasper late in the summer. 

finish my 101 list. my 101 list is set to wrap up in August of this year. although I temporarily forgot about this list altogether, I think I can still get the majority of the items crossed off before the finish line.

brush up on my french. I’m going to montreal, ottawa and quebec city in a few months and I want to feel a little more comfortable with conversational french. I’ve started using duolingo, and after taking the placement test I can see that I have my work cut out for me!

drink more water. I started using the app waterminder to track my water consumption and I’ve found that drinking adequate water has really helped with my weight-loss journey. right now I only seem to properly hydrate myself 50% of the time, so I need to improve in this area.

those are my very action-oriented new years resolutions for 2017! though I normally choose one word to meditate on throughout the year (2016’s word was brave), I haven’t selected one yet this year. I have a few ideas in mind, but I need more time to reflect on what I want as my theme for 2017. I’ll hopefully have a post about my word for 2017 in the coming weeks once I settle on one!

how was your 2016? what are your resolutions for 2017? do you believe in setting resolutions?