Personally, I had a rather roller-coaster year in 2016. I made the leap to New York, I made a leap to a new job, and I made a leap into a new relationship. All of these happenings left me feeling pretty damn proud of myself. In 2016, I gained a deeper understanding of my own strength, intelligence, and opinions. I stood for what I believed in and I pushed through some very difficult times.
Although, I accomplished a great deal in 2016, there are a few goals I failed at. I didn’t blog consistently, didn’t start my book, didn’t travel, and didn’t hit my fitness goal. I know that seems like a lot I didn’t do, but cut me a break.
Initially, I was feeling a uneasy about this year. Though this year has started off much better than the last in terms of my personal and professional life, I’ve been struggling to deal with the changes that are about to hit our country. Mainly because Uncle and Auntie Obama are leaving the White House and my country has left me in the hands of Mr. Potato Head himself. Seriously, I have shed tears everyday this month thinking about them leaving.
Despite that tragedy, this week of 2017 has instilled some new hope in me. Tracee Ellis Ross made history at the Golden Globes reminding me that my #BlackGirlMagic can never fade, and justice has been served in the sentencing of that little psycho who ruined Wednesday night bible study due to an insurmountable amount of hatred in his heart.
Are those signs that we will overcome in 2017? I sure hope so. Regardless, I know that I, like many of you reading this, have goals and plans to turn into reality this year. Goals that I refuse to let anyone stand in the way of.
Now that we are in the New Year, I felt it necessary to share my goals for 2017 with you. Setting last years goals in New Year, New Me or Nah and having you all as accountability patterns really helped me to reach new heights, and I want to do this together this time. Comment some of your goals for the year below!
My 2017 goals
- Visit three new places
- Read one new book a month
- Improve my overall health by working out 3 times a week and sticking to a healthier diet
- Overcome my biggest insecurity
- Join a new organization
- Prepare for and apply to graduate school
- Move into a new apartment
- Follow my savings and financial plan
- Put forth full effort into MiaInTheMedia
- Join a ministry at church
2017 is going to be a year to test the strength, values, beliefs, and grit within us all. It will challenges us in ways in which we have yet to be challenged be it intellectually, mentally, emotionally, and maybe even physically. But at the end of the day, 2017 is a year we cannot slack off. It is the year of perseverance, dedication, and hard work. It is the year of success. Most importantly it, its is the year to remain unbothered about all the naysayers and haters that are sure to come your way.
So cheers to your blank slate, your fresh start, and your newly found dedication. I pray that you hold fast to it throughout the entire year!
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”