2016 to 2017

By Erin MacNeil - 10:44

I have a lot of mixed feelings toward 2016, I won't lie. On the surface I am typically pretty inclined to have a huge distaste for 2016: I still work at the jewellery store (I get yelled at by customers for no reason, I had no summer because I was there every day, I am tired constantly), I have gained back all weight that I lost before started work at my job, I feel like I never see anyone apart from the people I work with (I love them, but I do have other friends). But then, when I actually use my brain to look back at the year, I realise that I had a pretty great year.

In 2016 I met new friends and got to better  know some people who were already in my life. In 2016 I travelled: I experienced bits of life in two completely new cities in completely new countries, I saw amazing architecture, I learned pieces of incredible history, I took in gorgeous scenery, and I saw beautiful pieces of art. In 2016 I did things that made took me out of certain comfort zones, but also did things that made me comfortable. In 2016 I figured myself out (a little bit).

So, overall, despite some things that I wish had not happened, 2016 was a pretty great year. The good experiences I had far outweigh the less desirable parts. And, besides, a lot of the parts I didn't like about 2016 can be changed and reversed, and that's just where my 2017 resolutions can come in handy.

2017 Resolutions
  • Be more active more often. I don't want to attach this to 'lose x-amount of pounds' or anything like that, but the ideal goal is to lose the weight I gained back in the last year. I've done it before, so I can definitely do it again. I am subscribed to a few Youtube channels focusing on fitness, and I plan on getting back into walking (and I won't let the snow stop me [unless it's a blizzard, which is reasonable]).
  • Eat better, reduce the bad stuff. I say that I only eat chips and drink pop once a week, but that's such a lie. I'm going to get back to doing that. Ditto chocolate, I'll have it once a week. I'm also going to try to keep my meals a bit more balanced (even though carbs are the bomb).
  • Spend less money. I spend so much money on food for my lunch breaks and it's so unnecessary. I'll bring (healthier!) food from home, and stop bringing my wallet to work with me. Plus, I'll use my library card more often, and actually wear the clothing I own, only buying things I need.
  • Figure out what I'm doing. I've been toying with the idea of going back to school, not for a Masters degree, but maybe for a sort of trade. I was looking at tourism and travel agency work. I'll definitely have to figure that out soon, if I want to go back to school in September. Also I have to get a big-kid bank account, now that I am A) not a student, and B) no longer under 25.
  • Do more alone. I miss out on so much simply because I don't want to do it by myself. This year, if I want to see a movie or go skating and have no one to go with me, I'll just go. You can totally solo travel in your own town. 

If you remember my September goals, you'll know I'm a big fan of psychological restarts. 2017 begins on a new week, a new month, and, of course, begins the new year. The restart-trifecta. Hopefully that, plus the fact that I am writing out my resolutions for the potential world to see, will help me get my crap together and achieve those resolutions. Plus I got a 2017 planner, so maybe I can organise everything better and get everything done.

How was your 2016 (celebrity deaths aside)? If you want, I'd love to hear one great thing about your year, as well as a 2017 resolution! Or all the great things and all the resolutions; it's your call, really.

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  1. 2016 was definitely a roller coaster ride. I hope you all the best this 2017.
    Those resolutions looks achievable. I'm cheering you from here though! Fighting!

    Love, Fads

  2. Happy New year! I think overall 2016 got a bad name for itself but it wasn't all bad. I bought a house so I need to make this year one of saving. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

  3. I'm glad you are able to look back on 2016 and see the positives! I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you!

  4. I say to myself every year about working out more but I always end up going through phases and stop and start, I hope I can stick to it this year especially as I pay each month!! Happy new year


  5. Hey Erin! I completelyyyy feel ya when it comes to working in customer service...I was a cashier for 8 years at Metro and over time, it really does just eat your soul alive..from customers getting irritated for no reason, to the improper working hours...I feel ya, girl! You hang in there!!
    You did some awesome travelling this year! I loved seeing the photographs.
    Overall, 2016 for me was definitely a fine line of good things, and not so good things..definitely all a learning experience! I think for 2017, I wanna see if I can land permanent work (I've been a "supply" for over two years now). We'll see what's to come!


  6. May 2017 be even better and kinder to you, Erin! I love your resolutions or goals and I think they are pretty achievable. I'd like to spend less too, and try to do more things alone. It's definitely okay to explore your own city on your own. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  7. I used to buy lunch out a lot, but switching it up and bringing food from home has been such a game changer for me financially. You really don't realize how much you spend on food until you don't.

    2016 was not too shabby for me. Not the best, not the worst, definitely interesting, and I'm thankful for it. One of my highlights of the year was getting out of my comfort zone and enrolling myself in a drama module! I'm doing it again this semester just to see how much I can push my limits, and I'm not gonna lie -- I'm sh*tting my pants, but I'm excited!

    Have a lovely new year, Erin!


  8. Great goals! Hope 2017 is great for you. I am the same with the doing things alone, I miss out because I always feel I should have someone with me. Plenty of others do it, and actually, I have shopped alone a lot and it's so much easier and nice to take time out on my own, so maybe that will work with other things.

    Tina x www.teaisfortina.co.uk