2017: Big Adventures

2017: Big Adventures

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It’s 2017 and time for a post about the New Year. The start of this year feels COMPLETELY different than the start 2016, in both a good way and a bad way. The good is that I feel like I haven’t lost momentum on everything that was in motion at the end of 2016. In the bad way, I feel like there is this lack of fresh start, arms wide open, ready for anything, kind of feeling. Maybe it’s because last year was dubbed the year of being Fearless, for me. I definitely feel like 2017 is not the year of Fearless (but I’m not, not going to be fearless). It’s hard to explain and I am not doing a very good job….

I was looking back at my New Year post for 2016. It’s interesting to see what my hopes, goals, and dreams were this time last year. I’m completely different person, almost. And with those changes and the New Year, it’s important to update my goals and wish list for the next 359 days. I feel like when you write things down, there’s a bigger commitment. It helps you to remember in your head and you’re also reminded of it when you see it written down. I think it also helps to share your goals/dreams/wishes with people. They’ll hold you accountable, ask you about your progress, and may help you along the way. So here are my goals/dreams/wishes for 2017. All written down and out there for the world to see.


I spent the last year doing MY thing when it comes to fitness and health. I scaled back at CrossFit, and stopped worrying about PRs and how I performed compared to other people. It was great, and just what I needed. I was really happy, for the most part. Towards the end of the year I started to challenge myself more and push myself to try for PRs. I know I played it really safe for the majority of 2016, maybe too safe. But I am ready to go after PRs again. I have completely gotten out of the mindset of comparing my performance to others, so I think that this will help my journey in 2017. It’s about me and my body, how I feel, and what I think. I’m still on the tiny lats and tiny traps train, though. And I am still focusing on the journey and that consistency with Crossfit, Running, Swimming, and Yoga is the most important thing.


I am pretty much done with my house. The garage was the icing on the cake. I’ve done so much in this place, but I think that it will be time to move on this year. I still have lots of plans for DIY including getting back to my roots with some furniture pieces. It’s hard to think that I did my first dresser back in 2012. I really can’t sit still when it comes to life. I’ve got to always be working on something. I guess my goals with DIY projects for this year would be to think outside of the box. Take risks, pick bold colors, patterns, and to step outside of my comfort zone.


I have big hopes and dreams for my business and Etsy shop this year. I got a square reader so that I can take payments on my phone. I am going to start doing pop up markets for my photos and décor items. My goal is to get all of my stuff lined up so that I can do a pop up market in March. I am working on new products and getting all my ducks in a row so that I will be ready. I’m excited but also wicked nervous. I’m about 75% comfortable with this whole idea at the moment. The other 25% of the time I have self-doubt that my shit is not original, it’s nothing anyone would want, and that I have no business doing what I am doing. This hasn’t stopped me yet. And I would say 25% is an okay amount to have this self-doubt. At least it’s less than 50%!


Life, the all-encompassing category…. This year I plan to buy a new house, a fixer upper that will keep me busy and challenge me. I am ready to take on a new space and make it my own. There will also be lots of travel this year. My heart yearns to explore new places, but North Carolina always calls me home. I want to make more progress on my Visit All 50 States goal in 2017.

I’ve also deleted all online dating profiles and I feel pretty good about it. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but I felt like this meant I was giving up and losing hope and being a quitter. We all know that I don’t do well when it comes to quitting things. I also believe that “good things do not come to those who wait.” So I couldn’t wrap my head around how sitting around and waiting for shit to happen would help me. But I’m done, D-O-N-(E) wasting time swiping and with meaningless conversations and the messed up world of online dating. I’m open to meeting someone in real life, although that doesn’t happen anymore these days. So the ball’s in your court, universe. Show me what you got.

This year I hope to top my concert events from last year. I’ve already got 2 scheduled in the first 2 months. I love country music. I may sing at the top of my lungs with my awful voice, but I know every flipping word. The amount of space in my brain that is taken up by song lyrics is probably scary. Right now I’m loving Frankie Ballard’s “Wasting Time”, LanCo’s “Trouble Maker,” and Brothers Osborne ‘It Ain’t My Fault.”

For the most part I just want to be myself, to hustle, but go where this year takes me, and get out of my own way. 2017, you have big shoes to fill. 2016 was one of my top years. I would say it’s a close tie with 2013, which was the previous year to beat. Don’t let me down, I have high hopes!

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