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Twenty Seventeen & Beyond
January 1, 2017

Twenty Seventeen & Beyond
Happy New Year! I hope everyone will have a happy and healthy year ❤️.

Happy New Year!

What I love about the new year is the feeling of having a fresh start. For the past 4 years, I made a point to have a “goals list” where I define some things I want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Goals are handy when it comes to steering yourself towards a certain path. Last year, I came up with a set of goal and managed to complete 8 out of 11 goals. The 3 that I failed to meet are not as significant and made me think about how I should position myself for my version of success.

Perhaps… Instead of listing low-leveled goals for material things, I’m better off listing high-leveled objectives. The main idea will be listed and I will go as far as I can. This year, I am focusing on objectives that will provide self-improvement at the end. It’s time for me to take a better care of myself.

  • Eat Better – Last year, I managed to lower my meat consumption as a whole. I am striving to eat more nutritious food and will attempt to cut out more unhealthy food out of my diet whenever I can. I’m still a big sucker for Korean BBQ though…
  • Waste Less Food – Recently, I’ve been feeling guilty whenever I waste food because I overestimated how much I could eat. I will make a bigger attempt in finishing all of my food, eat my leftovers, and not order too much food. Even though I’m not going to make a big impact on wasting less food alone, a minuscule scratch satisfies me.
  • Exercise Regularly – I’m proud of the fact that I finally got a gym membership last year. Now that I’m comfortable with going to the gym, I want to go regularly and not let excuses stop me as much.
  • Treat People Better – Not that I treat people bad to begin with, I can always treat people better. I don’t benefit from judging people or being a complete jerk (this is not the same as saying no to a request). I came to realize that people who constantly put others down have self-esteem issues. I don’t need to have that kind of issue.
  • Buy Less – This is where I think twice before spending money on something that’ll end up being useless. At the end, I benefit by having less junk and more money saved up for something useful.
  • Donate – Half a year ago, I started doing monthly donations to St. Jude and Kitten Rescue. I want to continue donating what I can on a monthly basis.
  • Keep In Touch – I’m pretty bad with keeping in touch with friends. Sending a simple message goes a long way.
  • Continuous Learning – I became pretty lazy about learning new things after graduating and I realized how critical it is to keep my knowledge up-to-date. Continuous learning is important.

Whether you call it New Year’s resolutions, goals, objectives, to-do’s, or any other fancy terminology, do whatever it takes to accomplish them. It’s also okay if you don’t meet all of them. The effort matters and contributes to the change you’re trying to make. If you don’t have any, it’s all good. It’s not a requirement or anything.

Have a great year!

12 Responses

  1. Georgie ☆ January 1, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Effort is very important and so is progress! People get so butthurt and upset about not completing their goals and I feel sad because hello! they have come so far, or at least started, or at least done a little something that represents progress.

    I’m very happy for you that you signed up for the gym and are going to start going regularly again. I will give you a poke every now and then 💪😉 Also, Korean BBQ is not bad, just don’t have it every day haha.

    I also have the “eyes bigger than stomach” problem. I always look at my plate and fill it up and think I am super hungry and will finish it, but then I’m wrong. Every time. I need to watch my portions and actually pay attention to how much I can physically eat! I don’t so much have the wasting food problem but I end up stuffing myself because I don’t want to waste the food so I try and eat it. Then I feel sick. LOL.

    A little message really does go a long way 🙃 I remember catching up with all my friends in August, including people I had not seen in a year or even properly talked to. It was great being able to just say hi, let’s catch up, and something to come out of that. 😄

    Continous learning = 👏. Too many times I have been lazy about learning stuff even at work, and I would defer work because I wanted to only do what I was comfortable with. But you can’t do that all the time 😇

  2. Tara ☆ January 2, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Good luck with your goals for 2017! I think these are all great — and more importantly — realistic goals. It’s good you’re going to think about ways to become healthier and to save money and not be wasteful 🙂 I say it’s always important to treat others the way you want to be treated, so that’s always good to remember. Continuous learning is also something you can always do since we’re never too old to stop learning!

    You already have a good head on your shoulder, so I know you’ll tackle these goals well 🙂 Even if you don’t, just keep on trucking along and improve as you go! Hwaiting, Nancy! XD

  3. Thao ☆ January 2, 2017 at 8:21 am

    These are all great objectives. I’m striving basically the same thing myself and it’s tough. However, just by working towards them, you’re still better off than not trying. Benjamin Franklin had 13 virtues that he kept track daily to work towards but he was never able to accomplish them all. Best of luck on them!

  4. Rezina ☆ January 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Good luck on all your goals! I feel you on Korean BBQ. And I’m Korean, so it’s sort of hard to escape when you’re family is big on red meat. I also want to spend less and save my money. Saving money was always really hard for me though, haha.

    I also agree on trying to learn continuously, even after college. It’s like when a program changes because the world around them has changed, i.e. any program having to do with technology. I’m currently in the library and information science program, and the program was definitely different a decade ago then today and that’s all because of technology and how it continues to evolve. Anyways, I’m probably going a little off topic now ><

    Happy New New Year!

  5. Becca ☆ January 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I always like setting goals that are more overarching and aren’t necessarily specific. I know that people always say they should be measurable and specific, but I really hate making goals like that. You’ve made a great list of goals!

    Haha, I think we all have eyes bigger than our stomach. Though, I sometimes like to order or make extra so that I have leftovers for the next couple of meals. Just can’t forget to eat them! 😉

    I think everyone can always treat people better. I always struggle with this when I’m upset or grumpy and out in public. Sometimes a deadly combination, haha. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it to show that love to other people.

    I love your donate goal – I donate quite a bit so it always makes me really happy when other people donate what they can. It’s always good to pay it forward and to help others. St. Jude’s is a great charity to donate to!

    Have a great 2017! Best of luck with your goals!!

  6. Elisa ☆ January 3, 2017 at 6:07 am

    nice list of good objectives 😉

    i’m hoping i can eat better this year too. not that i was all about junk food 3x a week or anything, no… but i’d like to incorporate more veggies and fruits. when i put myself on a hella strict diet about…3 years ago, i was crazy about consuming low calorie food and i’d eat veggies, fish / poultry, fruits and i didn’t let myself enjoy a treat once in a while. it was nerve-wrecking! and then, once i lost 10++ kg in a span of a year, i began binge watching on treats and guilty pleasures like ice cream, junk food, etc. it’s not that i suddenly turned into a famished rhino and stuff, no but like… all the cravings went out, you know? and i ate mcdonalds quite a few times last year, which was something i’d never do in 2014-15! i realized in 2016, i ate more ice cream than incorporating veggies and fruits into my diet so yeah, for this year, i’d like to incorporate a balance between what i had in 2014-2015 and 2016. does that make sense? LOL. thankfully, i’m still below 50kg so i’m not like… a fatbacon or anything now. still, a person doesn’t have to be obese to be unhealthy imo.

    i also hope this year, i can eat more properly because last few years, i’d only eat once per day so yea, it’s not good. it was like…i starved myself lol so hopefully this year, i’d listen to my stomach when it growls.

    i like how you put ‘treat people better’ in the list. it’s easy to be bad and awful and bitter and it’s a lot harder to be kind. i personally think being judgmental is part of human nature — we can never really be free from that bad habit but imo, someone who knows how to treat people better can still be judgmental but keep everything to him/herself, y’know? there’s a different between succumbing to our human nature and being a total bitch ass, is what i’m trying to say. still, when provoked, i can be bitter af. it’s just… i don’t mind if you don’t matter kind of principle. if i’m being a bitch to you and yet you attack me in a way that is rude, i’ll return the favor just the same. as much as i wanna be kind, i can’t be 100% goody two shoes because i was born sassy and sarcastic LOL

  7. Cassidy ☆ January 4, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Good luck with your goals!

    I’ve always had a hard time the eat better one. Hopefully I can change that.

    I totally agree that it’s important to stay up to date with knowledge. I’m a firm believe that learning doesn’t stop just because you leave the classroom.

  8. Cat ☆ January 4, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Those are great goals! I like that you have positive ones in there like treat people better and to donate. I used to do large yearly donations, but I think I’m going to switch to doing monthly subscriptions like you have.

    I also think that’s great that you’re trying to eat better and exercise more. Those are things I want to do too! I don’t like wasting food either, which is partially why I’ve stayed on Blue Apron. It’s nice that they send me exact amounts, so we don’t end up with extra. My husband and I have also gotten into the habit of sharing things at restaurants, so we don’t get such large portions.

    I agree that continuous learning is important! Definitely in the tech world! Things move so quickly that it’s easy to be out of date. I’m glad you have this mindset because not everyone does 😀

    Good luck with your goals!

  9. Kya ☆ January 7, 2017 at 4:38 am

    I hope you have a really wonderful year in 2017 and are able to do all the things you want too. It’s good how making goals does not only give you something to aim for, but you can also learn a lot about yourself with the ones you may not have completed. 🙂

  10. Pauline ☆ January 7, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Happy new year Nancy! These are awesome goals! Thanks for sharing 🙂 They’ve really motivated me to keep at it with mine as we have some similar goals!

    Eating better for me was super hard, I was always making unhealthy choices but after getting into the fitness world I realsied how important it is for our bodies to be full of clean real food with a load of nutrients! Also, the effect it has had on my overall happiness/energy levels have been INSANE!

    I’m so proud of you for getting a gym membership! For me, once I got it, I was hooked SO quickly. I can’t seem to unmotivate myself now even when I’m actually sick and need to rest xD

    Keep in touch is something I want to do too, I am SO bad at it 🙁 Hopefully a simple YOURE AWESOME should help start up the relationship again xD

  11. Liz ☆ January 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Happy belated new year. 💖

    Your “waste less food” thing reminded me of a post I started to write but feared it might be lame. 😅 I like to remix my leftovers and things. I freeze fruit when it’s closing in on its expo date, and some veggie scraps, for smoothies and soups and other things. I remember seeing a post about how America wastes so much produce and wanted to combat that, even if I’m a mere ant in the long run. But…It starts with a little, right? 😌

  12. Chynna ☆ January 8, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Happy New Year, Nancy! <3

    I'm loving all of the goal setting going around the blogging community. It's super inspiring and so motivating. Your goals are perfect ones and ones that I'm trying to achieve myself, as well. Mainly the eat better and exercise regularly. All of them are pretty important, though! I know you got it this year, girl.

    PS. I'm still a big sucker for Korean BBQ too. D:

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