A New Year

Happy 2017! I hope you had a blast ringing in the new year. Every year we make goals and resolutions. I wanted mine to be simple and practical this year because it’s the little habits and changes that produce great results. Here are my top 5 simplified goals and resolutions.

1. Practice gratitude-Not only in the big things like a new job or promotion (although I am getting both this year), but being thankful in the small things like having arms and legs and a car that works and clean air and water.

2. Eat less sugar- Working out and eating right are not making it on the list this year, because I’ve been doing that consistently for the past year. Eating sugar? That’s a different story. Sugar is only good for your tastebuds. I’m not saying don’t have any and cut it out completely, but I find myself addicted to it at times. If I’m craving sugar, I want to eat healthy sugars in fruits and veggies, other than refined white sugar.

3. Practice neatness- I’m only a neat person when I want to be. I can’t stand dishes in the sink, dirty laundry in the hamper and water on the counter, but the bedroom can be littered with clothes for days. I want to practice neatness in all areas of my life because neatness gives you clarity and reduces anxiety.

4. Practice preparation- I’ve had many sleepless nights trying to edit all my photos for the blog. If I had prepared the all photos for the week in advance, I could have had a lot more hours of sleep in 2016. Same goes for my singing. There was one particular performance in 2016 that hindered me from singing with confidence because of my lack of preparation. I feel like preparation is the key to success.

5. Save Time- Time is money. The older I get, the less time I seem to have. I found myself browsing the web and wasting my time at the mall way too much in 2016. If I do those things, I want it to be for specific reasons and not because I’m bored. I’m also learning to invest in myself to save time. It used to take me an hour to straighten my super curly, frizzy hair so I paid $200 and got a Magic Straight perm. Now it takes me 10 minutes to blow dry my hair. I’m also looking into permanent makeup because I’d rather pay $XXX amount and put my time to better use.

I want to know your resolutions and goals for 2017! Please feel free to share them below!

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59 Responses

  1. Dom

    Hi Jen, Happy New Year my friend! First of all, you guys are such an adorable couple. I love these photos. So cute! Anyways, I love all your goals for the New Year! I hope you have a beautiful and blessed year.
    Much love girl,
    Dom

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  2. ringsabelle

    Happy New Year lovely!!! You look absolutely stunning. I’m a huge fan of everything going on in that shot. LOL
    cutting out sugar is definitely something I’m working on (and since the new year I haven’t really had any) AS for coffee- which I said I would do- I totally failed. LOL it lasted about five seconds and then I made myself some espresso. xx Belle

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  3. thomasfalkenstedt

    Your pictures even outdo the Christmas ones. You’re such a fun couple! πŸ™‚ I haven’t made any resolutions as I believe in just making things happen instead of making promises I may or may not keep, but the ones you’ve listed are definitely good ones πŸ™‚
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

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  4. I really love everything about this ! How wonderful it is to take the time to remember and appreciate all these simple things rather than take them for granted. It’s funny how I’m actually in the middle of writing a blog post with healthier ( non – sugar ) recipes and you mention cutting down on sugar! Also, I am like you and I pay to have my hair done professionally 3 times a week rather than waste time every day at home struggling with flat irons and/or curling irons !
    Happy New Year ! Thank you so much for sharing !

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  5. Love your list, very productive & I am sure will bring you much success in 2017 ! Your cat is so cute to pose with you for these great photos ! Happy New Year !
    xx, gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

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