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Hello 2017

I’ll be honest, this past year was tough. My nose was broken into a billion pieces, causing the worst recover from surgery, my car was the victim of a hit and run outside my house in the middle of the night, ‘You Know Who’ won the presidency in a heartbreaking and terrifying turn of events, and very worst of all my dear grandmother passed away. Despite the constant devastation and hurt I started a new job that I love, I now have a nose that breathes and looks better than before, I have a new car, I managed to get myself out of debt, I learned a lot about myself and my values, and I know my grandma is dancing in the streets of Heaven right where she has wanted to be for years.

Because of the distractions of 2016, I didn’t accomplish many of the goals I set for myself, but I did finish a few! I read 100 out of 100 books – so exhausting, but rewarding! I took a picture a day – except for about a week after my nose surgery. I made a point to brush my teeth and floss every day- except again for a couple days after my surgery and it was life changing. I ran through a field of sunflowers and made lasting memories with friends and family.

I needed this year. The bad mixed with the good. We understand the highs when we feel the lows. We know who we are and what we want the world to be when faced with the polar opposite. We grow stronger when we come out of the fire having learned and experienced. I have high hopes for 2017, not because one more turn of the earth means that anything has changed but because I have changed. I have grown in what I expect from myself and what I want to give to the world. I am excited for the opportunity to learn more and grow.

So without further ado, here are my goals for 2017!

  • Become more active with my faith
  • Create an in depth family tree with personal information about my ancestors
  • Apply to and be accepted in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)
  • Make a weekday meal plan- and eat healthier!
  • Get in shape, also take up yoga and meditation
  • Launch my new business
  • Check off another state to visit on my goal of 50 before 50 (I already hit 30 before 30)
  • Visit a museum I’ve not been to before
  • Enter Photography in the fair
  • Volunteer
  • Write and find a publisher for my book idea
  • Visit a trampoline park
  • Try every new Lush bath bomb
  • Get a makeup lesson
  • Learn how to curl (as in the Winter sport)
  • Bake more!
  • Create a photo a day for a year video
  • Draw every day for a year
  • Become a better leader and learn how to better manage my time at work and communicate effectively
  • Find my style
  • Buy a disposable camera and take an adventure
  • Practice self-care- when my bucket is full I can use it to help others

Happy New Year/My Goals for 2015!!

Looking back on 2014 it has been a year of growth, new friends and lots of memories! I am looking forward to another year of learning, growing and helping others in 2015. A big thank you for coming along on the ride with me- and a big thank you to those who will be my partners in crime completing some of these goals with me!

2015 Manifesto

Write/Illustrate and (self?) publish a book

Read the Bible all the way through

Get back to my goal weight (aka loose my ‘freshman fifteen’) and get fit!

Go to a museum I’ve never been to before

Conduct an experiment- live one week of my life according to the popular page on Pinterest: clothes, make up, food, crafts, lifestyle, cleaning, etc. etc. etc.

Take part in a flash mob

Explore the ‘tourist traps’ of my home state of Kansas

Have my DNA tested to confirm our knowledge/suspicions of our family genealogy and to help with creating my family tree

Create my family tree

Nurture my green thumb: 1. Make a Harry Potter themed miniature garden, and 2. Make a Lord of the Rings themed miniature garden

Go geocaching

Take a cooking class

Read “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance with Dragons” before the “Game of Thrones” season 5 premier.

Get a another dog!

Learn how to letter press print

Go ziplining

Make a budget for my finances

Go tubing in the snow

30 before 30- visit 30 of the US states before my 30th birthday on September 9. I have 6 more to visit!


Check out my past yearly goals- 2012, 2013, and 2014– and my bucket list!

My Goals for 2014!!

Looking back on 2013 it has been a year of growth, and I am looking forward to another year of learning and growing, and helping others in 2014. A big thank you for coming along on the ride with me- and a big thank you to those who will be my partners in crime completing some of these goals with me!

2014 Manifesto

Take up yoga/Pilates/exercise to get in shape/stay healthy. (Most days I sit at a desk all day, so this is a requirement!)

Reach a point where I feel I am knowledgable and succesful in my new job

Climb a fourteener (mountain)

Watch as much of the 2014 Olympics as possible!

Walk/Run in a Color Run

Volunteer as much as possible in my community

Take a cooking class

Have a ‘Motivational Monday’ on my blog every Monday

Hang out in coffee shops more

Visit the Grand Canyon- and walk on the SkyWalk

Read the Chronicles of Narnia

Create my family tree

Learn a new vocabulary word every day

Attend a book signing event

Love my adopted city- experience more of Kansas City and all it has to offer

Take a train anywhere!

Complete the year with 1 recipe test a month with Anna!

Go tubing in the snow!

Create a gingerbread house of the Notre Dame in Paris with my brother!

Learn to play chess

When moving, donate/recycle/trash of at least 1/4 to 1/3 of everything

Get a puppy!

Put together a budget for my finances

Go on a spontaneous road trip

Read through the Bible

Drive at least part of Route 66

Spend the day in an art museum (again!)

Exercise that green thumb of mine more