I made last minute plans for New Years Eve this year and actually got out of the house! Most years I spend it asleep in bed so it was nice to get out of the house this year.Here are some photos of my NYE outfit and my resolution!
This time last year I sat at my desk and reflected on the past year. One big thing that I wanted to change was how I lived my life. Since I started working full time June 2015, I found that my daily life was very repetitive. I got up at 7am, went to work, came home at 5, gym, netflix, dinner and bed. Every.Single.Day. I hated how I was living my life because I am not a person who likes to do the same thing every day. I knew I had to make some drastic changes in 2016, I just didn’t know how I was going to do it yet. I am not that person who is big on New Years Resolutions, because lets be honest, I love french fries, staying up late and I will never make my bed in the morning. What I like to do instead every year is make a to do list of things to do. You can see last years New Years post here. If you know me at all, you will know that I loveee to do lists. My whole room is covered in them and I get so much excitement crossing items off it.
I accomplished most of last years goals and some are still a work in progress.
- Take Risks
I quit my job in September without having a new job set up. I know I should have been stressed out, but I was oddly calm because I liked this freedom I had. Over the summer I had made some extra money doing some consulting for a company, so financially I was okay to make this life change. I went on vacation for a long weekend and by the time I came home I had two part time jobs set up. Granted, these are not going to be my lifelong jobs, but for right now every day is different, I am constantly working and this type of schedule makes me happy. I wasn’t happy at my job and it was too repetitive for me, so I decided to quit and do something different. In the next few months I will have to take another risk, but this time I know I will land on my own two feet.
- Meet New People
One of the hardest parts about post life was creating a social life. I took a job in retail because I like working with people and I need to hang out with younger people! I am kind of an anti social person, so I am still working on meeting new people. But I have spent more time and energy spending time with my college friends. With group texts, meeting for lunch and spontaneous adventures I am working on maintaining the friendships I have.
I did a lot of traveling this year and it is a goal I hope to continue working on this year. You can read about my traveling in 2016 here. I don’t have a lot of money, but traveling is something I save up for so I can go on trips far and near.
- Work on House Projects
This year has been a year of demolition and construction in my house. From little tiny projects like new trim to new flooring, our house is coming together! This year I painted and redesigned my office, put up new blinds on my floor, new floors on the first floor, new ceilings, and repainted almost every room in our house! I will say after all of this work, my next apartment will be completely finished and will not need any more work to be done!
Now that I have completed these items off of my to do list, there is much to do in 2017!
- Read More Books
In college I did was read for class and during the summer months my favorite thing to do is sit in a beach chair and read on the beach. For Christmas I got a lot of books for Christmas and now my bookshelf is overflowing with books to read. Hopefully this year I will dedicate more time to read in bed before I go to sleep.
- Eat Healthy
Since I graduated from college I have gained a good amount of weight. This past summer it was difficult to fit into bathing suits and hard to accept I was no longer a size small! Over the last few months I have been watching what I put into my body and my diet consists of portion control. Changing the way I eat (No dairy, no more bags of chips. etc) I have lost 10 pounds so far and I hope to keep living a healthy lifestyle in 2017!
- Exercise at Home
In college I would go to the gym a few nights a week and get my reading done while on the elliptical. It was hard to stay awake at night or not get sucked into a Netflix episode when I had so much work to do. This time last year I was going to the gym everyday for a few hours. Now I am out of breath when I walk up a flight of stairs! In September I had to cancel my gym membership for financial reasons and I miss the endorphins I would get from going! I still get my Tone It Up emails reminding me to work out, but come up with silly excuses not to work out. Hopefully this year I can continue to save the money and work out more in my bedroom.
- Quit My Job(s)
I had a long talk with my dad and that for months I have been waiting for everything in my life to happen at the right time. I have been waiting for the perfect job to come along, the right salary, the right apartment, etc. I think this year I need to take a leap of faith and just jump into my next adventure. I have boxes in my basement labeled “Rosie’s Future Apartment” all ready to be moved out. I took a risk this past year and landed on my two feet… I am hoping the same luck continues in 2017!