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5 Goals I Have For 2017

Let me start by saying I don’t make resolutions—not officially any way. I do however keep a list of goals and tasks that I would like to accomplish at all times. Maybe that’s the same thing, but I think it’s a little different, so… here are the 5 goals I want to achieve in 2017!

Goal #1: Live Roommate Free

My first and easiest goal to accomplish in 2017 will be to live roommate free. Ever since I was 19, I’ve had roommates. Some of them have been great. Others… not so much!

One roommate had a dog that I had to listen to cry constantly and when you picked him up, he would pee all over because he had separation anxiety from being alone all the time. Another roommate was also a co-worker who slept with numerous other co-workers (making both our living situation and work situation horribly dramatic) and a third roommate had this extremely racist and sexist boyfriend that would stay over all the time and treat the apartment like his own.  None of the situations were ideal.

Needless to say, I’m ready to only have to worry about my actions in the apartment. So say goodbye to wearing pants and having dirty dishes in the sink! Not to mention, I can set the thermostat to WHATEVER I want. Really, it’s the little things in life.

Goal #2: Gain Muscle And Lose Inches Around Waist

Getting those gains are going to be a bit trickier! As I mentioned in my last post about accomplishing goals, it’s never been easy for me to see the results I want from working out. This will take an even stricter diet—possibly even less pizza….(this breaks my heart!) and a more intense workout plan.

Wish me luck!

Goal #3: Find Out For Certain Whether Or Not I Have Breast Cancer

This isn’t something I’ve broadcasted to a ton of people, but about two years ago, I discovered a lump in my breast. I had a mammogram, ultrasound, and an attempted biopsy. The most recent conclusion my doctors have come to is that it’s fibroadenoma (a non-cancerous tumor) that was caused by my birth control.

Over the years, I’ve monitored it and while nothing significant seems to have happened with the lump, I think it’s time to officially have it removed and biopsied so that I can know without a doubt whether or not I have breast cancer. That way, I can deal with the situation accordingly.  

Really wish me luck on this one!

Goal #4: Travel More

I’ve been to A LOT of places, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and the U.K. included, but most of that was when I was younger and my father was in the military. Since I graduated high school, I’ve been swamped with work and school—you know, the daily grind—which left me little time to travel.

But, now that I’ve crossed school off my to-do list and have more free time, I want to get out there and see more of the world like Italy, France, Greece, Arizona, New Mexico, and Montana! Got any specific travel suggestions? Send them my way.

Goal #5: Finish The Book I’m Writing

I’ve been working on this darn book for FOREVER and I’ve wanted to finish it for FOREVER. But, let’s be honest… While school and work has kept me busy, I probably could have finished it. I was just a bit lazy, and a bit scared.

What if I finish the book and it sucks? What if it doesn’t get published? It’s a risk I’m going to have to take! Especially if I want to be that accomplished writer I’ve dreamt of becoming.

Anyway, those are my main goals for 2017. Some of them easy, some of them not, but with any luck, I’ll add all of those goals to my list of accomplishments.

Got any resolutions or goals in mind for 2017? Let’s hear them—just leave your goals in the comments below. By the way, thanks for stopping by the Sassy Flamingo. I appreciate it!

5 Goals I Accomplished This Year

We’ve all got goals—or at least I hope you do! And let’s face it… It’s super easy to let the banal, day-to-day activities distract you from completing those goals. I know there’s a few I haven’t marked off my checklist yet, like finishing my novel or starting a side hustle.

And while I do think we should all work just a tiny bit harder to complete our goals, I think it’s even more important for us to congratulate ourselves on the goals we DID accomplish in 2016.

Check out the 5 goals I completed in 2016.

Goal #1: Lose 15 lbs

Originally, I moved down to Florida for a healthier lifestyle. (And to be near the beaches of course!) But mainly for the healthier lifestyle and while that might seem like a simple thing to do, I’ve always struggled to lose weight.

I’ve never been one of those girls that could make minor diet changes or simply start exercising and lose weight. No, for me, it’s a combo of exercise and watching my food intake VERY closely. It sucks and I seriously envy those girls that lose weight by snapping their fingers, but it also makes me that much more appreciative that my efforts paid off this year!

Now it’s time to bulk and get lean. 😉

Goal #2: Cut out negative people from my life

I’ve met a TON of new people since I moved to Florida and not all of them for the best. My first year here, I thought the more friends the better because I didn’t know anyone when I moved to the Clearwater area. However, I soon discovered that most of those “friends” weren’t ideal for me.

I had a coworker spread lies about me, a roommate that brought endless drama into our house, and a few others that just weren’t a good fit. So while I wanted to have more friends in my life, I decided that I needed to change my life for the better and cut out the negative people. I’ve successfully removed these people from my life and have WAY less stress now. Makes it easier knowing my real friends have got my back even if most of them are over 1000 miles away.

Goal #3: Read 20 books

At first, I laughed at this goal.

I’m an avid reader and I thought this goal would be child’s play. Boy, was I wrong! Around June or July I realized I’d only read 6ish books. I wasn’t even ½ way there. THE HORROR!

I kicked it into overdrive these past few months and have read some great books like, Another Day by David Levithan, Dead Ice by Laurell K Hamilton, 500 SEO Tips by Silvia O’Dwyer, and Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.

I’m way past the 20 books mark now and show no signs of stopping. I’ll probably even hit 30. WOOHOO! By the way, let me know if you have any good book suggestions because I’m always looking for a good read.

Goal #4: Get a new job

The first job I landed when I moved down here was a good one. It was in the field I wanted, doing the tasks I wanted—mostly.

As the months went on, they kept changing my job description and asking me to take on tasks I wasn’t comfortable with. It’s not something I’m upset about or resent. In fact, I value those lessons a great deal. It simply came down to the fact that I wanted to learn other skills and grow further in my career field.

After a few months of job searching, I found a position I was interested in, interviewed, and landed the job. I’ve been there 3 months now and couldn’t be happier!

Goal #5: Get a pay raise

This ties in with goal #4. When I switched jobs earlier this year, I asked for a pay increase. I won’t get into specifics on the salary, but basically I negotiated myself a hefty pay increase, more than 20% but less than 30%.

I wanted to chalk most my goals up to luck, but what it really comes down to is dedication, hard work, and persistence, so I deserve a little pat on the back, even if it is from myself. 😉

And now that I’ve bragged on myself enough, I’d REALLY love to hear the goals you all have accomplished this year. So humble brag a bit in the comments below and tell me what you’ve done this year that you’re extra proud of. I’d LOVE to hear it.

As always, thanks for stopping by The Sassy Flamingo—I hope you enjoyed the read and I’ll see ya next time!

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