My Goals for 2017

For many years, I didn’t make New Years’ resolutions, because, who keeps those things?? Most people – and I’m looking in the mirror here – have completely forgotten their resolutions by the time spring rolls around. But a couple of years ago, I came across a quote that was something like, “Without a plan for where you’re going, you guarantee that you won’t get anywhere.” It made me realize that while I might not achieve everything I set out to in a given year, if I don’t at least set some goals and track my progress, I probably won’t accomplish much, if anything.

Some people set an actual resolution, some people choose a word or a phrase to serve as a theme for the year, and others set some number of goals to strive toward. I’m going with the latter.

My Goals for 2017

Read at least 24 books that I truly want to read. I have a habit of sometimes choosing books I feel like I should read, or I should want to read, rather than ones that I really and truly want to read. Not this year. In 2017, I’m choosing only books that I’m excited to read! To add some fun and jumpstart book ideas, I’m participating in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenge. I chose the “put the oomph back in your reading life” option. (Read more about my reading style here, and track my progress toward this goal here.)

Try at least three new (to me) activities, preferably active ones. As someone who almost always chooses the familiar over the new, this one is a little anxiety-inducing. However, I recognize that it’s important both mentally and physically to challenge myself and develop new skills. I’ve been wanting to try snowshoeing for a couple of years now, so here’s my motivation. Also, group exercise classes terrify me, but there are lots of great options at my local YMCA. (And they would certainly help with my next goal…)

Run at least three 5K races. I pretty much took an exercise vacation in 2016 – with the exception of a late summer and early fall walking streak – and it shows. How? (1) At my annual physical in November, my doctor said I’m “not overweight”, but my weight has been increasing since 2012, a trend she called “concerning”, and (2) After I haul our trash and recycling cans up our driveway for the weekly pick-up, I find myself panting like I just ran a 10-yard dash. There are numberous 5K races in my area throughout the warmer months, and they’ll be a good source of motivation for me.

Find a way to dread meal planning/cooking less. If you’ve read any of my meal plan posts, (recent ones can be found here, here, and here), you know that I’m a fan of neither meal planning, nor cooking. However, I recognize both as necessary evils, and thus I carry on with them. Since assembling my weekly meal plan literally fills me with dread every Sunday, I need to find a way to make it more tolerable. This could mean following prescribed meal plans, or prepping more meals in advance and freezing them, or hitting the lottery and hiring a personal chef. I plan to try different strategies throughout the year, to hopefully take this task from a two to a seven on the dread-scale, by the end of the year.

Do you set resolutions or goals for the new year? What are you planning to achieve in 2017?

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Author: My Upstate Life

Wife, mom, and lover of books, podcasts, and blogs. Not a fan of cooking, winter, and snakes.

27 thoughts on “My Goals for 2017”

  1. Well done on setting some goals. I have also set some goals for my self. They are more so goals rather than a “new years resolution” because as you say, they never stick. All you can do is set realistic benchmarks for yourself and try to achieve them in any way that you can. All the best for 2017.

  2. I think writing my goals down helps so much. Last year I had them on the blog, this year I even wrote them on paper, so they are always in my planner. If you like crock pot meals, they are a huge time saver. Spend a bunch of time prepping, then freeze them. We also tend to make double the meals we like and freeze the extra.

    Good luck on your goals!

  3. Hi Upstate Life, I am a long island girl here! I agree, resolutions are BS, but I am going to try to read more (I am thinking 15 mins per day, put that phone down and set aside time to read) and try to meal plan and cook more… i know its always our plan, right?

  4. These are all great goals, and I hope you achieve them all – or at least find a way to achieve MOST of them. I chose a word for this year, because it really fits a lot of things that I want to work toward this year. I might not finish these goals, but I want to get closer to achieving most of them, if I can, and the word suits that!


  5. I don’t set resolutions, but I do use the time at the beginning of the year to set goals in different areas of my life. I have to break mine down monthly and keep them listed on my calendar or I’ll completely forget about them. Too much of an “out of sight, out of mind” girl.

  6. I’m trying to set fitness goals and organizational goals for myself. Reaching your goals could really make your like easier! Way to go!! Visiting from the Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop…

  7. Some great goals -I gave up on meal planning. I had never tried it and thought it was necessary in order to save money. We never stuck to the plan at all. The garden would come in and we would eat what we harvested, didn’t want to eat beans that day, etc. I realize though a lot of people need them especially if you are busy. I’ve noticed that you can buy meal plans that tell you what to buy and everything now. Good luck.

  8. These goals sound great! I’d love to get more reading and exercise in, too. But with our goal to pay off debt, I think I have one more year of busting my fanny to bring in extra money, so I probably won’t have a lot of time for either.

    It took me years to figure out how to simplify meal planning, but I’ve finally got it down to something I dread much less. Good luck!

  9. I love this!! It’s so inspiring that you want to run 3 5k races- I’m running my first one, in 10 short weeks and am scared- but happy that 2017 is going to be the year I get it done!! Thanks so much for this post!

  10. I found meal planning got easier as I got used to it. It’s really helped us stay on budget. Good luck with your goals! (and I like the sound of that reading challenge)

  11. I don’t set goals or resolutions per se, I always failed at them and then felt worse! Now I choose a word of the year and it helps me to stay focused. This year is “grace” to give more grace, act with grace and to learn to accept grace. I hope that it helps me to live a better 2017.

    I love your goals, they are achievable and they will keep you on your toes! LOL Can’t wait to hear about them.

    I had no idea that meal planning wasn’t something you love. I really like your meal posts, I get so many ideas!

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