My 17 in 2017

New Year's resolutions are both my thing and not my thing. I often start the year optimistic, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, having these grandiose plans for myself, but that over-optismitic, overachieving gung-ho-ness gets me every time. I want to make resolutions and keep them, but my goals are just too unrealistic or I don't give myself enough grace when I'm making those resolutions. The one time I recall mostly sticking to a resolution is when I committed to reading every day. That resolution worked because it already fit into my lifestyle of reading and just challenged me to slightly amp up what I was already doing. So for 2017 I was inspired by Advice from a Twenty Something to make some "refreshing and simple" New Year's resolutions that could actually be manageable and attainable.

  1. Be kind.
  2. Floss more. 
  3. Go to bed and wake up at reasonable times.
  4. Explore Birmingham.
  5. Take advantage of our back porch.
  6. Eat vegetables.
  7. Write.
  8. Take pictures for myself. 
  9. Keep my library borrows to a minimum.
  10. Start the Harry Potter books.
  11. Cook and eat at home. 
  12. Keep up with the laundry.
  13. Read through my collection of books.
  14. Blog.
  15. Sort my personal pictures. 
  16. Focus on the blessings. 
  17. Downsize and purge to live a more simple life. 

Disneyworld Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida. April 26, 2016 | Canon Rebel XSN, film developed by Indie Film Lab