Sunday, January 8, 2017

How Nice of 2017 to Show Up

I actually saw ZERO fireworks on New Years this year so that's a first
Well, 2017 is here. First of all, let me say I'm extremely glad it's an odd-numbered year because I love odd numbers, and I will be turning an odd number this year.

Anywho, I just need to talk through what I want to accomplish in 2017, and why not do it here?

I've realized that I don't have BIG goals for 2017. Because I'm a freshman in college, everyday is trying to reach the big goals I have for my life through studying, networking, and practicing. I understand I'm in a preparation stage for the next few years, and I'm pretty okay with that (most days).

I do need to work on making my tiny goals measurable however. For example, I want to be better at piano, but that's not really a specific, measurable goal. However, making sure I have a piano schedule throughout the week and becoming better at one thing today than I was yesterday is a measurable goal.

So here's what I want to do better or more of this year and how I'm going to attempt to accomplish these goals.
Goals also I love this movie

Need: More rest. My sleep schedule is messed up anyway because it's Christmas break so I'm sleeping in and staying up late, but that needs to get under control realll fast.

Goal: I'm going to try to get a bedtime routine down. Turn off the phone by 10, read/journal until 10:30, get a bedtime playlist/podcast on a timer, and hopefully fall asleep by 11, giving me 8 hours of sleep every night except Tuesday nights cuz I have to get up at like 5:30 Wednesdays. I struggle falling asleep cuz I just lay there and my mind races and I want to DO something.

Need: More piano skillss. Have you ever been at that point where people are telling you they're impressed with your talent or art but you know it could be so much better and you just feel mediocre? That's me right now. I could be sooooo much better at soooo many things. I had an epic almost 3 hour piano schedule the first half of 2016, but I'm not sure I can get back to that much time. At least until the summer. However, I do need to get so much better to be prepared for what God's got for me!!!

Goal: To start, I'm going to make a piano practice schedule for every week because my days are kind non-consistent so if I have a weekly schedule I'll just make sure it gets done, even if I have to play all day Saturday. Also, as mentioned above, I just want to get better at something from day to day or week to week. Also, I want to do 2 new arrangements a month.

Or money. The college student's motto
Need: Better time management. Okay, I get a lot done in a day, but I know I could get more done.

Goal: Make a weekly list of goals because like I said up there somewhere, every day is different. If I learned anything in 2016 it's that God loves to come shake up the schedule (in a good way!), and I want to be prepared for that while still getting stuff done.

Love. This. Gif
Need: Read more.

Goal: I've already started doing this actually. I check 5 books out from the library at a time. I have some sort of ratio of like 1 non-fiction, 2 series books, 1 younger kids book, and 1 fiction book, but that's pretty loose. Going to the library and checking out 5 books from my Goodreads list for the month is a totally doable goal.

If you wanna laugh, watch the 1966 Batman movie
Need: Run more.

Goal: Once I get the whole time-management thing worked out, I'll start by running 1 mile 2 days a week (the days I wash my hair lol), and increasing my mileage as I strengthen my stamina. Let's just say I want to easily run a 10k (little over 6 miles) by next year. (I could probably run it now because I'm stubborn and my body will literally run itself to death if I make it, but it wouldn't be easy.)

In conclusion, I know that New Year's goals are a big cliche and that New Years is just an arbitrary date that people use to change themselves, but I think it's good to take a periodic stock of how you're doing developing your talents and relationships. Why not do this on New Years?

Anywho, that's what I want to do this year. I may morph my end of the month posts to how I'm doing on this stuff.  January looks to be a busy month getting ready for a Fine Arts competition and hopefully attending some singing conventions (blog post coming soon). Here's to 2017 and all the awesomeness it's gonna bring!

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