new years resolutions: one week in


2016 was quite a year. I got engaged to my best friend. I moved back to Ann Arbor, MI, the town where I went to college, as my fiancee entered grad school. I lost four grandparents who I loved. I began taking classes to become a certified health coach. I did a road trip across Europe. I went heli-skiing. I became a vegan. I swam in the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Lake Michigan, Lake Como, Lake Zurich and the Adriatic Sea. I did a ten day juice cleanse. I stopped eating processed foods. I learned how to play backgammon. I started running. I spread my grandfather's ashes all around Europe. I began writing in a journal. I made new friends. I turned 26- which is closer to 30 than it is to 20. I traveled to 7 different countries and 8 different states. I voted for president. I learned to surf. I got my first Birdie (golf lingo). I read a lot of books. I opened a joint savings account with my fiancee. I stopped drinking for three months. I stopped taking any and all medications. I got highlights in my hair. I started collecting pins and patches from my travels. I started a blog. I realized that I want to teach people how to be healthier and inspire them to do so.  

Now it is officially 2017 and has been for about a week. This is going to be another big year.  I am turning 27 in a few months.  That means that I am turning 30 in three years. It makes me feel kind of old but it also makes me feel really young. I have exciting trips planned for this year (Palm Beach Bachelorette party and Whistler ski trip just next month!!). I am going to be planning a wedding. I am the maid of honor in my best friend's wedding. I am going to officially be a health coach with clients. I am going to continue growing my brand and blog. And most importantly,  I will continue to learn and to grow and by this time next year I will look back and think about how far I've come. There are a lot of things I want to do and achieve this year. This post is a lot about me but I want this year to be the year of me. And you should have it be the same, except the year of you. Some people have used the phrase, "I am going to make this year my bitch."  And, that's pretty much how I feel. I have decided that this year is going to be greater than any year in the past. I realize though that things will not just happen. I am going to have to work hard every single day to be more productive, more eager to learn, more curious, more ambitious, less judgmental of myself and others and more willing to put myself out there and to take healthy risks. This is my year. 2017 is my bitch. One of the greatest steps I am taking is making more empowered decisions. For example, if I am going to eat five vegan cookies then I am going to do it and not feel bad about it. If I want to sit on the couch all day and watch reruns of The Pioneer Woman then, god damnit, I'm going to. On the other hand, If I don't want to sleep in and snuggle on Saturday because I want to hit the gym or I don't want to drink wine while out with friends because I want to feel refreshed in the morning, I am going to own my decisions and do what's best for me. I am going to make this year the greatest year for my career, my friendships, my family, my relationship, my body, my mind, my spirit and just myself as a whole. This is my year.